Maggie Chan Jones, Founder, Tenshey Inc, Author, Decoding Sponsorship
Maggie is the CEO and Founder of Tenshey, Inc., a purpose-driven leadership acceleration company that focuses on elevating more women and other minority leaders into leadership roles and the boardroom.
Unlike before, schools, colleges, and the workplace today are focusing on creating an inclusive environment to provide equal opportunities to everyone. But there’s still a long way to go to spread the concept of inclusivity and diversity to every individual.
In today’s episode of TBCY, we are extremely delighted to have Maggie Chan Jones with us. She is the founder of Tenshey, Inc., which is a female-founded, tech-enabled startup with a mission to advance gender diversity and leadership development through executive coaching.
[00:37] About Maggie Chan Jones, Founder, Tenshey Inc, Author, Decoding Sponsorship
- I am a seasoned C-level executive specializing in marketing, business transformation, and technology.
- I am also an entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of Tenshey, Inc., a startup with a mission to advance gender diversity and leadership development through executive coaching.
- I am an author of a book titled ‘Decoding Sponsorship’.
[01:18] About Tenshey Inc.
- Tenshey is a company that I started four and a half years ago.
- After spending 20+ years in Corporate and throughout my journey into the C-suite, I didn’t really see a lot of people who looked like me.
- I also had a lot of people asking me how do I get to the C-suite, and some lessons learned, so that was really the motivation.
- Tenshey’s mission is all about advancing diversity in the workplace.
- We are a female-founded, tech-enabled startup with a mission to advance gender diversity and leadership development through executive coaching.
[03:15] Meaning of ‘Tenshey’
- Tenshey, the pronunciation of that, is the same as an angel in Japanese and Chinese.
- I really see my coach and all the coaches as our guiding angels.
[03:53] Inequity challenges faced by women leaders in the Corporate World
Due to the societal environment, people tend to help someone who reminds them of their young self without being mindful. This is why we see only 20% of women out of which only 4% is the women of color in America. So being mindful of that is going to make a difference.
Everyone wants the best for their team without thinking about diversity and inclusion for once.
[08:30] Process of identifying leaders and integrating them
Being aware of how you create a more equitable world means that you most likely want to sponsor people who don’t look like you.
Looking for Three C’s while sponsoring people:
- CURIOUS: They are always wanting to learn more.
- CAPACITY: Having the capacity at this moment in time to really invest in your career.
- COMPETENCY: Skill sets that set them apart to grow faster than other people.
[16:30] Culture, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Global companies serve so many countries and people of different backgrounds so when you have a workforce that looks more reflecting, more than your customer base, you have a better understanding of your customer base hence you perform better.
[22:04] Three Key Lessons
- Believe in yourself
- Be kind and have compassion for others
- Take risks
You can connect with Maggie Chan Jones- LinkedIn
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She is also a seasoned C-level executive, board director, CMO advisor and angel investor, who specializes in marketing, business transformation and technology.
Previously, Maggie was the first woman to become chief marketing officer (CMO) at SAP, the world’s largest enterprise application software provider. In this role, she was responsible for global advertising and brand experience, sponsorships, audience marketing, strategic events, and field and partner marketing functions across 180+ countries.
During her tenure, Maggie led the brand transformation of SAP to becoming the world’s 21st most valuable brand, delivered double-digit growth in marketing contribution to business, and advanced talent skills development for the digital economy. She was an executive sponsor for diversity and inclusion, and a member of the SAP Innovation Roundtable.