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In this episode, we speak with Jane Henry, a serial entrepreneur and founder of #SeeHerWork, about widespread PPE issues within the civil, commercial and industrial work environments. She will share her mission of saving lives and attracting more women to careers that are experiencing labor shortages.
Jane Henry, the founder and CEO of #SeeHerWork, began her career as a consultant with Accenture, and then later worked for Enron. During which time, her “entrepreneurial addiction,” as she calls it, became too strong to resist. She decided to leave consulting and become the transformational business leader she is today. First, she founded her firm in 2002, Xcution, a management consulting company specializing in organizational change management and leadership training. Between 2010 and 2015, Xcution was consistently among the top ten of the “Houston Fast 100”. Jane was later recognized — along with such noted figures as Jay-Z for Beats by Dre — on Business Journal’s inaugural Upstart 100 list.
In 2016 Jane decided to expand her expertise and began to study for her MBA at Rice University. While at Rice she was able to research first-hand the effects that ill-fitting work gear had on women in trade careers. During this period Hurricane Harvey hit and Jane took on the role of general contractor for her home while waiting for financial support from flood insurance, which had to be completely rebuilt. Her interactions alongside the women helping with the construction provided her with deep insights into the challenges their work gear presented for them. In response, she launched SeeHerWork. Her mission was to design clothing and equipment that would allow women to be “Safe, Strong, and Unrestrained.” As the female tradeswomen, she worked with would say “We’re tired of ‘Pink it and shrink it. We want to perform.” Jane received her MBA this May of 2018 and is focusing on educating industry groups on the need for the greater need to ensure Fit in work gear.
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