Janet and I met years ago through friends, we now see each other frequently at different philanthropic and social events held around Boston. While I’d love to see her more often, every time we run into each other it’s as if time hasn’t passed at all. Janet is an inspiration in so many ways and I’ve enjoyed watching her career as a t.v. journalist flourish within the Boston community and nationwide. Janet is very involved in philanthropic organizations and she’s an incredible mentor. Her dedication to her work and her passion to give back to local and worldwide communities are just a couple of examples as to why I want to share more about Janet and how she can motivate us all to be better in life, work and charity.
Women Who Inspire Q & A
Kristen: What’s unique about the product/service you provide?
Janet: I have the immense privilege of meeting and interviewing the business and innovation leaders around Boston. Working for Bloomberg, I get to see how interconnected the world is, for better or worse.
Kristen: If you had to start over from scratch, knowing what you know now, what would you do differently?
Janet: I love my career. I wouldn’t have changed that. I wish I had been smarter about networking during my early years. Looking back, so many life changing moments happened because of serendipitous connections.
Kristen: What’s the most important business or other discovery you’ve made in the past year?
Janet: I return to how interconnected this world is. You see this in all the supply chain challenges.
Kristen: What’s one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make and how did it impact your life?
Janet: Change is always tough. It’s always very hard to change jobs, but looking back, I have never regretted those changes. Everything worked out for the better in the long run.
Kristen: What accomplishment are you most proud of, and why?
Janet: I am proud of the things I have done outside of my day job. These include my TEDx Talk, the essays I have written, and the hours given to philanthropy. I love the things that affect people the most.
Kristen: What is currently the biggest challenge to your success and how are you handling it?
Janet: We all have self-doubt. Overcoming that is the key to success.
Kristen: How did mentors influence your life?
Janet: I have been fortunate to have mentors who provided encouragement and showed me a road map to possibilities. Anyone with any measure of professional success should mentor the next generation.
Kristen: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time?
Janet: I love to travel. By the time this blog is printed, I will have been to my 88th country, my 39th alone.
Kristen: What mantra do you live by?
Janet: It’s never too late to do anything. It’s always best to be kind.