Jennifer Fleiss, Co-Founder and Former Head of Business Development at Rent the Runway, Co-Founder and CEO of Code Eight
"One tactic I love is thinking through the activities that energize you in a day — if it’s a type of meeting or going out for lunch or out of the office that give you a boost. You can spread them throughout the week and I find that they can help carry you forward."
"Ask other people for input. Especially when we started the business, getting advice from other people was really important. It started with this bias toward action: let’s get started. Dive in. But also speaking to experts in the industry and getting their guidance along the way."
"We hear a lot of women coming to us and interviewing trying to get out of the financial industry, just feeling like it’s not a great fit for them and they’re looking for something that’s more authentic and maybe more invigorating for them. I think having this all-around athlete mentality of ‘I’m going to be open and willing to do anything’ goes a long way. I know for us at Rent the Runway, culturally, that really matters; you’re rolling up your sleeves, you’re willing to dive in, you’re admitting you’re not an expert necessarily in anything, but you have this go-getter attitude and I think that’s really helpful. Then, just putting yourself out there and being open to failure, because not everything is going to be a success. Trying a bunch of different things, I think you’ve got to give yourself this ability to try, fail, and try again and be a little bit amorphous as you’re starting to shift industries and try different things. You also likely need to be open to a pay grade shift or adjustment, at least for a certain amount of time, if you’re coming from the finance world. Finding something you’re passionate about is incredibly worth it.”
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