PenFed’s values are a key reason Jennifer Petersen joined our credit union. She loves helping others, at work, at home, and in the community. In this Women in Leadership segment, she explains how adopting a family member gave her more than she could have ever imagined.
Leader Who Loves Helping Others
I love to volunteer. I love to give back to the community. I have a passion for helping others. And PenFed also has a commitment to community and helping others.
The best part of my job is the people. I believe with a strong team behind you you’re a better leader. So the more you pour into your team, the better results you’ll have as a team.
The biggest challenge I’ve ever faced is, in my mid 20s, my husband and I were in a place to adopt my cousin. She was in a horrible situation, with drugs. She was 11 years old. It was a change overnight for all of us.
Watching her grow and watching us grow and growing together as a family has really been, not only the biggest challenge, but the biggest blessing I’ve ever had to face. Once I saw her going through high school, and realizing I wanted her to complete college, I didn’t have a college degree, so it caused me to want to show her that it’s possible, and so I went back and got my bachelor’s degree.
And now she has hers as well. She was the first in her family to graduate college. So that’s quite the feat.
My motto for balancing work versus personal life is to work hard, and play harder. I have a soul for travel, and I love crafting. I got into crafting through, I think being born into it. My mother’s very crafty. It allows me to go to a place of what I call zen. It takes my mind off of everything, all the other distractions in the world. And allows me just to concentrate on that in that moment.