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Jen Freitas is the Director of People, Learning & Development at Clif Bar. Jen started at Clif Bar almost 19 years ago as a kickboxing instructor and made her way up the leadership ladder. She found a company where she can bring her whole and best self to work. Jen was on a journey to find the right role and company that was in sync with her values personally and professionally. All of the values of taking care of people, taking care of the planet and living in harmony with the planet were in Jens heart and soul. Learn about Clifs amazing mission and what supports Jen to shine her leadership light bright.…
[:01] Carley Hauck — founder of Living Well Awake and the new Shine podcast — introduces the podcast and recaps her experience at the first Planet Home Conference in San Francisco.
[3:23] Carley introduces the Clif Bar company, their five aspirations and commitments, and today’s guest Jen Freitas.
[5:45] Jen shares the journey that took her from kickboxing instructor to Clif Bar Director of Learning and Engagement.
[12:00] Jen and Carley share their common experiences of harnessing expression and release through kickboxing.
[14:16] Your overall wellbeing will be enhanced when you dedicate yourself to a cause that aligns with your values and priorities, whether that is living in harmony with the planet, caring for people, or taking time for your physical and mental health.
[20:11] Clif’s mission exemplifies a company that supports the overall wellbeing for their employees, and it shows in their employee satisfaction and low employment turnover rate.
[24:04] Clif Bar is shifting far away from the corporate model by focusing on the public good first and taking care of the planet and their employees in an environment of healing while still being profitable.
[28:33] The popular sabbatical program at Clif allows employees to take a chance to reset and refocus on the values that matter most.
[33:38] Workplace challenges have allowed Jen to grow as a leader and helped her find a balance between her limitations and her skills.
[38:35] Carley shares the importance of owning your limitations and areas for potential growth with those that you are leading.
[41:08] Lead without leading — Jen’s career advice starts with focusing on the positive impact you can make regardless of your position title.
[43:50] Staying centered on their aspirations is keeping the future of Clif focused and bright. [48:43] Carley encourages listeners to connect with her and to leave a review for her podcast so that it can inspire even more listeners.