Employee Spotlight – Jen Shefner

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Our March spotlight is on Jen Shefner. Jen is a Strategic Business Analyst with CU Engage and enjoys being able to leverage her expertise while working with a fun team and great clients. CU Engage’s vision aligned with Jen’s and was a major factor in her decision to join the CU Engage team. Jen’s calm demeanor and innate desire to go the extra mile, both for her clients and helping the entire team, makes her a true asset to CU Engage.

A Jen to Remember

Jen Shefner

It’s not easy to stand out in a generation full of Jen’s, but Jen Shef, as she is affectionately called by the team, certainly shines bright. If she were a crayon, she’d be “sunflower yellow, because sunflowers are cheerful” and make her happy.  Sunflower yellow is a perfect color for Jen, not just because of her demeanor, but also because it perfectly resembles how she likes to spend her spare time.

Jen’s husband tells her she doesn’t have free time and she will “fill every minute of the day.” She enjoys gardening, spending time with her two boys: playing outside, going to parks, reading, doing “science experiments”, and going for walks.

Originally from Bellevue, Washington, Jen now lives in Vancouver.  Jen loves the Northwest and couldn’t see herself living anywhere there wasn’t lots of green, trees, water, and mountains. In Jen’s opinion, Vancouver is more laid back than Bellevue and has a great community. Her husband drew her to the Portland metro area, and her first credit union job was in Vancouver, so they settled there.

Looking for a bright spot in your day? Read on to learn more about Jen.

Q & A with Jen

Q: Is the glass half empty or half full?                                                                                                      A: Let’s measure it and then solve any deficiencies by filling it up with coffee.

Q: What is your favorite holiday?                                                                                                             A: The Fourth of July. Memories of parades, picnics, water fights, fireworks, and family fun – outside when it’s finally warm in the Northwest. Plus, my husband proposed on the Fourth of July.

Q: Describe CU Engage in 5 words or less:                                                                                             A: Expert, CU-extension, results, fun

Q: Are you a hunter or a gatherer?                                                                                                          A: A little of both. I am focused and goal-driven in areas of passion, but also analyze details and innovate within smaller areas as well. With shopping, I’m usually a hunter but might gather if it’s in my path and it saves another trip.

Q: Have you ever met anyone famous?                                                                                                  A: Author Daniel Pink, and a few sports stars that I’ve subsequently forgotten.

Q: What is on the radio in your car?                                                                                                        A: Podcasts if it’s a longer ride; otherwise flips between Country, Christian and popular rock. Ironically, I hated Country music with a passion for years. But after years of hearing it in the cars of good friends (and my husband), I finally relented, let my guard down and sang along… and now I love it.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                          A: A leader inspires and motivates toward a vision. They support a team to help the group thrive and achieve goals together.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?                                                                                      A: Give first, save/invest second, and then splurge…  Give to worthy causes I believe in and possibly set up grants for ongoing giving. Invest for the future but maybe also in business start-ups (and probably experiment with starting my own) and splurge on fun and comfort to an extent – travel abroad, upgrade to a bigger house/yard (but that perfect one that still manages to be close to everything). Finally, teach my kids to appreciate it and work hard, so they don’t get spoiled.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?                                                                                                               A: Ice cream!

Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?                                A: Steak and roasted vegetables… with ice cream and berries for dessert.

Q: Best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                                                   A: 1. Two Weeks in Germany (pre-kids), 2. Honeymoon to Maui

Q: Are you messy or organized?                                                                                                                  A: Organized AND Messy. Everything has a place and it’s rejuvenating when everything is put away, but there are always more pressing and fun things to do, especially with kids, so…

Q: What is your spirit animal?                                                                                                                    A: I tried two different online quizzes: Hawk or Bear

Q: What book did you read last?                                                                                                               A: How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish.

Q: What celebrity do people think you look like?                                                                                    A: A couple of times I’ve heard Sara Michelle Gellar.

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?                                                                                                 A: Predict the future.

Q: What is on your bucket list?                                                                                                                 A: 1. Hike in New Zealand, 2. Choreograph a dance repertoire, 3. Start a business

Q: What are your pet peeves?                                                                                                                   A: Lines and slow service in a coffee drive-through. I’m all for relationships, but I choose the drive though when I need to be quick or am towing impatient kids. So, I can pass on the chit chat if you’ll just get me some quick caffeine. Please.

Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?                                                                     A: My dress shoes that I would pretend were tap shoes and dance around the house.

Q: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?                                                                                                      A: Haggis

Q: First concert?                                                                                                                                          A: It was either DC Talk or Blue’s Traveler.

Q: What chore do you hate?                                                                                                                     A: Scrubbing the bathtub!

Q: What makes you laugh?                                                                                                                      A: My kids. Their laughter and joy

Q: What are your top three life highlights?                                                                                             A: Marring my wonderful husband and each of our two boys.

Q: When are you happiest?                                                                                                                      A: When I’m cuddled with my husband and boys, or dancing with them.

Q: What inspires you?                                                                                                                                 A: Learning and problem-solving.