We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Henderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I spent 15 years in Corporate America in Operations, Talent Development, and Leadership. As a professional mom with 2 small children, I experienced career stagnation and pregnancy discrimination when I disclosed both of my pregnancies. The research shows that this maternal bias, and similar discrimination, originates during the leaves of absence process so I set off on my own and founded TiLT to revolutionize leave in the workplace.
What should our readers know about your business?
TiLT is creating an entirely new leave experience. Our SaaS platform plus our team of leave experts cover all aspects of an employee leave: communication, process, coordination, administration, management, and support. We’re the first solution to bring the human back to leave, we’re the only solution to involve managers and we’re the best at navigating the ever-changing leave landscape to ensure our clients are supported every step of the way. The only part of this entrepreneurial journey that’s been easy has been the unwavering belief that leave can be done better. That clarity and conviction keep us going every day. Lessons learned- know your ‘why’ (in your bones), be ready for the biggest ups and downs of your life and get the thickest skin possible (you’ll hear more ‘no’s’ than you can imagine).
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Fort Collins so our hometown itinerary would include a brewery tour (ideally a full day on bikes), hike Horsetooth rock, paddleboard on the reservoir, and dinner at The Regional. We have the best festivals in the Fort, so hopefully, we could catch an event, get something on a stick, listen to great music and be outside all day. Awesome day trips from here include a concert at the Mishawaka, Steamboat for an overnight, and camping (anywhere that didn’t get burned in Cameron Peak).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The TiLT team. I have had the incredible luck and good fortune to amass a group of talented, tenacious, and fearless disruptors who inspire me every day to keep going. They have taught me what it means to be a founder of a company trying to make this world a little bit better. Their drive, dedication and ingenuity is the reason we are where we are today. I’m honored to work alongside them every day.