bring to the marketplace. That goes for women as
well; you are charged with doing the same for your fellow women.
Women are among the most talented and respected
leaders in the organizations with which we work. I often
find that the women currently at the top typically work
more hours than men; form more rounded teams; are
more approachable and respected as managers; exhibit more intuitive and logical thinking more smoothly;
are very in tune with the implications of their own and
other’s actions; and think more accurately about the
resources needed to accomplish a given outcome.
I notice that many more men than women focus
on the comradery of other males. Women regularly
use some part of their time to develop the relationships that will support their success, and offer themselves for teaching opportunities with subordinates
that will show their superiors they have the bandwidth
and the capability to do more. Women tend to put a
lot of their energy into simply doing the best possible
job in their current position. I love it when they think
bigger and pursue more lofty goals.
Some of you may or may not have heard of Navy
Admiral Michelle Howard. Please take a minute to
google her and see why she was the perfect pick for
the job she was assigned to rescue Captain Richard
Phillips of the ship Maersk Alabama when he was
taken hostage by Somalia pirates. Yes, the story was
shared in the 2013 movie Captain Phillips. Today she
is being considered to head up naval forces in Naples
Italy. Another amazing woman that you don’t hear
much about. That is why I am calling on other women
to support one another. It is up to you to promote
and make everyone aware of the coming of age for
women to be taken seriously not only in the board
room but on an international level.
Most companies today that are doing well are pining towards becoming better at diversity and inclusion.
Some may ask, “how would you find a company that
will be more aware of promoting women?” One quick
solution could be to find out what men in leadership subscribe (35% of the readership) to Mortgage
Women Magazine. Those men would obviously be
looking to add talent to their team that may be getting
honorable mention in Mortgage Women Magazine.
I know that the women reading this magazine are
vested in their careers and are looking to see what
other women are doing in the industry that may very
well inspire them.
Which companies have in their office of personnel management (HR) a diversity and inclusion department? Which mortgage companies have women
leaders in senior leadership roles? Who within your
current company do you admire and respect that you
could approach about your vision for the company
and yourself? Have you signed your company up for
Mortgage Women Magazine’s 50 best companies for
mortgage women to work?
In conclusion, we have all had some great women
leaders that we aspire to be like or have received reinforcing support from when maybe we didn’t believe
enough in ourselves. We all know her. Her name is Mom.
To your success this year in fulfilling your aspirations and dreams in your careers, with your families,
and, most importantly, to your true self.
Jeff has been in the mortgage business for 25 years as
a Principal, Sr. V.P., EVP., Manager and originator. He has
served as the Seattle Mortgage Bankers Association
President and is the published Author of the book “What
A HOOT! Let’s Recruit! Jeff can be reached at: jjensen@