As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we would love for you to get to know some of our Janesters! These incredible women contribute their amazing skills to help make Jane your favorite shopping destination. Let’s get to know them.

Julie Keith
Influencer & Partnership Marketing Manager

Tell us about yourself.

I’m living in Toronto, Canada with my 10 month old, 2 dogs and my spouse. You can find me balancing my time between family and friends enjoying the outdoors or cozying up in front of the TV (with snacks). I’ve been working in marketing since graduating college with a diploma in advertising. My career started in the fitness industry where I worked in sales & marketing, and moved on to a niche area of marketing in talent relations. While working with talent in the form of models for ads & events, this quickly started to pivot with the rise of social media. We started to use our talent on social media as their accounts and followers started to grow. My role evolved into what it is today: Influencer Marketing. I’ve helped build ambassador programs, foster relationships with talent, and spearhead influencer driven campaigns.

What advice would you give for women looking to enter the job market?

Do not second guess yourself. The thing is, entering the job market is intimidating but you’re probably more qualified than you realize. It’s easy to get hung up on why you can’t, shouldn’t, or won’t. Allowing yourself to focus on the positives and what could come from that first leap is empowering.

Apply for that job you’re thinking about and rock that interview. Your confidence will open many doors.

What are some ways you show leadership in your role at Jane?

This will sound very cliche but I do tell myself this every day: believe in yourself. Truthfully you cannot have anyone believe in you if you don’t believe in yourself, your ideas, or your plans first. That sheer excitement when talking to others comes through. Personally, I always do this and believe in my coworkers as well. Success is a team effort.

How do you balance your full-time job while also being a mother?

This will forever be a tough one for me. It is not easy, and part of it has to do with the idea that “moms do it all.” The first few months back at work were tough because the balance between this mental need of being a mother full time and working full time is not…balanced yet. There’s also a ton of mom guilt that comes with this because I felt the need to do everything all the time. It’s difficult not to compare yourself to others who seem to be doing more or have it easier — but you can never really understand another person’s experiences.

My job has always been important to me. I learned to loosen the knot a little bit and start asking for help, and to be okay with asking for help. That was the hardest part. People always say it’s hard but my goodness you don’t truly realize it until you’re in it! Moms are superstars because for some reason we can just power through it. I spend my time outside of work hours with my son but my inner circle always reminds me to take time for me.

So how do I balance it? Ask for help. Take some time for yourself. Stay at your own pace. Don’t compare yourself to others and do what it is best for you and your family.

Meagen Johnson
VP of Marketing

Tell us about yourself.

I am the VP of Marketing, leading Jane’s marketing, advertising, and communication strategy. As an experienced executive with over 23 years of brand, marketing, and e-commerce experience, I am a passionate marketer who operates at the nexus of business, brand, and consumer insights. I am a strategic leader with demonstrated success in developing and leading teams to deliver consumer experiences that grow market share and build customer loyalty. When I’m not doing a triathlon or listening to true crime podcasts, I love to spend time with my family, travel, and eat sushi. 

What piece of advice would you give women who aim to be leaders in their field?

Lead where you are. There is never a perfect moment to share ideas, speak up, or take a chance. Just seize the moment.

If you make a mistake, own up, apologize, and move on — don’t ruminate. Appreciate feedback, and think, ‘What can I do with this?’ If you’re not making mistakes, you may not be doing something interesting.

Cultivate relationships; you don’t reach success alone. Look around because you never know who might help you.

Keep learning! All experiences matter — the good, the hard, the challenging, the uncomfortable, and the mediocre. They all contribute to shaping who we are as leaders.

What are you most excited about with regards to women in the workplace?

Female employees make an organization a better place to work for all genders, and engagement and retention of employees are positively related to having women in the workplace. We need diversity in the workplace because our consumers are diverse. We need multiple voices at the table to represent various viewpoints within any organization. That’s how companies grow stronger.

How do you balance your full-time job while also being a mother?

I don’t believe in balance. There are times when my family must take precedence over my job. There are also times when I need to put my job first. I balance them by having clarity around my priorities at any given time. The key to finding genuine balance is to accept that there are ebbs and flows in our lives that require us to sacrifice different aspects of our lives at various times. 

Here’s the key: figure out what the ideal balance looks like specifically for you and your goals, and then work toward them! No one else understands your life better than you do! 

And on one of those crazy weeks when they collide, allow the pendulum to swing and enjoy the ride!

Maria Shenk
VP of Brand & Creative

Tell us about yourself.

I am a seasoned brand and creative leader with extensive experience delivering innovative creative concepts, successful marketing, and advertising campaigns while elevating the overall brand direction. Prior to joining Jane, I led the creative team at Maurices, a national fashion retailer, as the AVP Creative & Brand Director. I have also worked for other fashion retailer brands such as Charming Charlie and The Limited, leading creative teams and building integrated brand experiences.

I’m passionate about brand positioning and brand development through customer insights, as well as leveraging customer research and market challenges in order to develop creative strategies and “big ideas.” I’m an avid fashion enthusiast originally from South America. I enjoy discovering new experiences and cultures while traveling with my family.

What leader do you look up to?

I look up to several leaders for a variety of reasons. I am mostly inspired by courageous and tenacious women who’ve used their leadership to trailblaze for other women and who’ve also used their leadership as a platform to do good and make a positive impact in their communities. One leader I look up to is Catalina Escobar, a Colombian businesswoman who has been an advocate in the social sector and the founder of an organization that works to eradicate child mortality and supports teenage mothers in Cartagena (Colombia); she was the first Colombian to be nominated to the “Heroes CNN” award for the year 2012.

I am equally inspired by leaders who rise amongst the most challenging of circumstances such as Jacinda Ardern who received global recognition for her utmost capability of eradicating the pandemic in New Zealand last year. Similarly another leading woman making history, Kamala Harris, who will motivate and prove to young women all around the world that it CAN be done despite all odds as the 1st woman in America ever elected as vice president. Lastly I can’t talk about current times without taking a bow to Whitney Wolfe who is now the youngest woman CEO to take a company public. Her company Bumble is led by executives and directors in which the majority are female and who overcame many obstacles to get to where she is today. Another inspiring fact all these superwomen have in common is that they are also mothers.

Who is your business role model?

I have quite a few role models that I’ve always looked up to within my industry. I’ve always been passionate about fashion, art forms and visual mediums like photography; I am fascinated and inspired by the life and work of Coco Chanel, a pioneer in the fashion industry and one of the only women fashion designers considered within the most influential people of the 20th century. She was a pioneer in her field and still today, her legacy continues. 

Someone else I admire is Annie Leibovitz. I don’t know a woman in the creative world who doesn’t look up to her. Annie is a renowned photographer, her iconic portraits are recognized worldwide, the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” describes her work beautifully. She is a role model to all of us in the artistic world as she too became a pioneer within her industry carving the path for many other creative women.

What piece of advice would you give women who aim to be leaders in their field?

It is not always going to be easy, expect difficulties and barriers along the way but be passionate, and dedicated and those obstacles you encounter will propel you forward. Prepare, prepare and prepare some more; It’s not about being perfect it really is about having enough drive to be good at what you do. Strive to do amazing and never stop learning. Make yourself indispensable, ask for what you want — no one will do it for you. Never underestimate the importance of having a good work ethic, being reliable will always set you apart. Last but not least, do not be afraid of being vulnerable, embrace it. Okay, one more thing…listen, really listen so when it is time for you to speak, others will listen to you as well. 

What are you most excited about with regards to women in the workplace?

That thanks to the many women who have paved the way for us, we now have more opportunities than ever before. There is still so much more to be done, there are still gender stereotypes and barriers we will continue to face, but now is the time to dream big and overachieve. 

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg ❤️

Female Empowerment Tee

Be sure to check out our collection of empowering graphic tees as you continue to champion the wonderful strength of women this month. We will be donating 100% of proceeds to Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization, serving girls ages 6-18 at more than 1,500 sites in 350 cities across the United States and Canada. Girls Inc. equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated and independent. Jane is proud to support Girls Inc. in their mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.