Women Who Wow: Jenna Stanley is Proof That “It Never Hurts to Ask” for What You Want in Life (Especially at Work)

In second grade, she thought she wanted to be a lawyer. In college, she studied economics and psychology. Today, she runs a multi-million-dollar Services and Customer Success business for a Fortune 1000 company. Find out why she veered in so many different directions (and how her big moves paid off).

Jenna Stanley at the beach with a sunset in the background
by Julie Johnson
August 29, 2022

Jenna Stanley doesn’t want to run a marathon, open a restaurant, or do anything else that people often have on their bucket lists. She just wants to keep learning and stretching herself in her current role to build more adjacencies that help customers push past their limitations. She knows that when she is successful – whether she’s trying to turn around a multi-million-dollar business or build a strong services program – her colleagues and customers will benefit, as will their customers.

Fortunately, Jenna is a natural problem-solver and connector, which helps her consistently achieve her goals. She’s also a risk-taker, albeit one who has learned to build in contingencies. In fact, Jenna’s willingness to ask for what she wants – to reach outside her comfort zone – is what has landed her where she is today, running (and continuing to grow) an important business unit for Zebra. 

I invited her to join me on the latest episode of “Women Who Wow” because we can all learn a lot from her past experiences, her current best practices and the way she approaches the future. Plus, I just think it’s interesting how she got into the Services business considering this isn’t something you can go to school to study. There is no such thing as a “Services” degree. 

So, tune into our conversation now to find out what makes Jenna tick as a person and the one thing she wishes everyone would do more: 

Women Who Wow: Jenna Stanley

You’ll also hear:

  • How Jenna is opening new feedback loops within Zebra to drive greater success for customers.

  • What she has learned in the past from failure and why she looks for other people who can keep moving forward after failures.

  • What it takes to succeed in a services-oriented career – and what you should do if you want to follow in her footsteps.

  • The one career move she wishes she would have made earlier.

  • Why she believes that company culture is becoming more critical than ever.

  • What Jenna wants to do in the future – and what she never wants to do.

  • Why she gets back out on the road when she needs to recharge her batteries. 

  • Why she enjoys reading everything from leadership books (for good life advice) to Wired (for innovation insights) and fast-paced fiction novels from Tom Clancy and John Grisham (to relax).


In Case You Missed It...

The first episode of Women Who Wow with guest Jane Dennis is available for replay here:

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Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson has been a global technology business leader for almost 30 years, creating growth and value in product lines and new market segments for the consumer electronics, enterprise, and Fintech/payment markets. She has combined an awareness of customer needs and technology proficiency with passion and recognized leadership, delivering growth in highly competitive markets. Currently, as Vice President of Global Product Management and Portfolio for Zebra Technologies’ $2.1B Mobile Computing business, Julie creates and delivers Android and Windows hardware, software, and cloud-based SaaS solutions to retail, field mobility, warehouse, healthcare, and government channels globally, providing visibility and intelligent collaboration across enterprise employees. She is developing computer vision and augmented reality solutions for warehouse, retail, and field mobility customers.
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