Jenni McKay is the closest thing to a superhero I have met in real life. We have been friends and worked together in a professional capacity for seven years which I once read was the average length of a marriage, and frankly being “married” to Jenni is pretty amazing. Professionally, our companies have worked with incredible designers but no one holds a candle to Jenni. She is intuitive, fast, and becomes invested in your success and in your dream. Then like magic she turns the vision you held in your head and heart into a living breathing brand. Talent aside, of which hers is immense, she is kind, thoughtful and incredibly bright. She and her husband have four remarkable children, busy careers and are involved in their kids interests and passions, and she still always makes time for others. Like when her friend decides we need to address the fact that women are suffering at a higher rate professionally and personally during Covid-19 and she quickly signs on to help lift up 365 women. She is the archetype of See Her Soar. A woman reaching forward as she makes her own climb and always reaching back to help others. She does not falsely make it look easy, she simply shows how hard work, effort, passion and purpose are critical to personal and professional success.
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I make things beautiful for a living. As a graphic designer at Studio Design That, I work with small to mid-sized businesses to craft memorable brand images and create the marketing designs they need to look professional and be successful. My favorite is working with new businesses who are just starting out and helping them take their thoughts and dreams and turn them into something concrete that they can in-turn hand to someone else to show who they are and what they do. This love of lifting people up has transferred beautifully to my work here at See Her Soar. Becca has been one of my amazing clients for seven years, and what started as just whipping up a website for her passion project became MY passion project, too. I have loved my first few weeks getting to know some amazing women and can’t wait to see where the year takes us!
I started my career working at advertising agencies, and while I loved the excitement and glamour, I started looking at the long hours and commutes and wondering how on Earth I was going to have children. I started my own business in 2007, and I don’t think I could ever go back to working for someone else again! We have since added four amazing small people to our family, and I have been able to work from home and split my time between being a business woman and being a mom. My family is absolutely my “why,” and while my life is a complete and total circus, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
FB: @studiodesignthat @seehersoar
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Look at my Facebook memories and be glad that I post way too often on social media so I can see my now-big kids (11, 9, 6 and 4) as littles.
4. My best business advice is….
…fake it ’till you make it.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
My goal as a work-at-home mom is generally to survive the day and keep most of the balls in the air, does that count?
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Right now I have a very heavy focus on launching See Her Soar and turning this concept into a reality. Please share the word and help us find cool women to feature in this space!
7. Your Astrological sign:
My husband and I are both Sagittarius, and somehow we have been together for 25 years.
8. Favorite donut:
I can live without donuts, but I have a major weakness for cookies. Current favorite is the Greenwise chocolate chip cookie at Publix, but they are a rare treat these days.
9. Favorite podcast:
I rarely get to listen to “grown-up stuff” in the car, but I often rock out to 97X (alternative rock radio station) with my big kids and Disney tunes (especially Frozen and Moana) with my littles. And I do not hesitate to sing along.
10. Favorite book:
The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon is my all-time favorite. I also love Bill Bryson and Alice Sebold, who are polar opposites but both write with candor and rich metaphors. I used to read far more than I do now, but I am making an effort to put my phone down more and pick up a good book.
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
My husband and I are currently in the midst of Stranger Things, and I am loving the girly goodness of Tiny Pretty Things (ballet!) and Spinning Out (ice skating!) on Netflix.
12. When I practice self-care I…
…write! As a mom of four with one special needs child, life can be HARD! I have always written about the journey with my daughter Rory as an outlet for my sometimes overwhelming emotions, and some day I plan to write a book about it. I am also making more of an effort to read things that are not scientific studies (because I read a lot of those to help my kiddo!). Currently I am enjoying the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries because they have absolutely nothing to do with my life and provide a nice escape!
13. I am happiest…
…listening to my children laugh.
14. People are surprised to learn I…
…was a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire! I won $5,000, and I revealed my first child’s name on air. I was 34 weeks pregnant with him at the time!
15. 2020 taught me…
Prior to last March I spent all day every day driving around, as my daughter had therapy all over our tri-county area. When life came screeching to a halt we suddenly had all four kids home with us all the time. We went for walks/bike rides every day, did all of my daughter’s therapy at home or on the computer (which forced me to be more involved and her to make more progress), and I started reading the Little House books to my older sons at night which felt strangely appropriate when life as we knew it suddenly stopped. Our world was already fairly small being a special needs family, it just got even smaller…which was hard! But it was also beautiful in so many ways, and I am trying to keep those beautiful parts as life returns more to old-normal for us.