Jennifer Miller, CPA – CFO of Kavaliro
Years in staffing: 3
Fun fact: Making connections and networking is at the heart of this industry, which makes Jennifer’s introduction to staffing fitting. She used to work for Kavaliro’s CPA while in public accounting, who happened to mention that he had a client looking for a CFO and made an introduction. Jennifer’s status as a University of Central Florida grad most likely sealed the deal as the executive team at Kavaliro are all proud UCF alumni!
I was excited to talk to Jennifer for this week’s #womenINstaffing spotlight and pick her brain as a relative newbie to this industry. Three years isn’t exactly rookie material, however, in contrast to the 54 years of combined experience of the previous two women featured, I knew Jennifer would share a unique perspective from her impressive professional career across several different industries!
As you enter your 4th year in staffing, what surprised you about the industry? What keeps you excited about the work that you do?
The sheer size of the industry that was practically invisible to me most of my career. I worked in many different industries but had never dealt directly with any staffing companies. I was excited for the opportunity to learn about a new industry and bring my previous experiences to Kavaliro. The team I work with each day keeps me motivated and engaged. It is truly a special place to work.
January is National Mentoring Month. How have mentors impacted your career? Why is mentoring important?
I have had many mentors along the way who have helped guide my career and advancement. I have been very lucky to work for individuals who have taken an interest in helping me develop as a leader. I try to give back to others in the early stages of their careers and share some of what I have learned along the way. It is great to be able to help someone find their voice and develop their own style as they progress in their career.
What’s the best advice you’ve received recently and why?
I recently read the book “Lean In” and there was one section that really resonated with me. “At a certain point, it’s your ability to learn quickly and contribute quickly that matters.” This is so true in an industry that is always changing and evolving. No matter what level of experience you have, you are always confronted with new challenges and being able to learn and adapt is what makes you valuable. You must be willing to tackle the issues that haven’t been solved before in your organization.
Are you an industry veteran that’s excited to share your lessons with the next generation of staffing leaders? Share your insights as part of this #womenINstaffing Wednesday series. Contact me to learn more.
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