Jen Groover’s name is synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and transformation. She has been tagged by Success magazine as a “One-Woman Brand,” named by Entrepreneur magazine a “Creativity and Innovation Guru” and a leading “Serial Entrepreneur,” and ranked by SAP as number eight on the Top 51 Human Potential Influencers list.
She was recently nominated as a UN delegate to the first-ever Global Accelerator for the Global Entrepreneurs Council. She also made history at the NYSE as a member of the first all-female group to ring the opening bell, made a Forbes list of 50 Startup Founders You Need to Follow On Twitter and was a finalist in Savor the Success’s TV Expert Personality of the Year Award.
Jen’s success skyrocketed with the creation of the Butler Bag, the world’s first compartmentalized handbag. The bag became a multi-million-dollar brand, and Jen spring boarded its success into an entire lifestyle brand, available at a variety of price points and found at well-known retailers, as well as two additional brands, Leader Girlz and Empowered by Jen Groover. Leader Girlz teaches young girls empowerment through play by fostering their inner-entrepreneur. The recently launched Empowered by Jen Groover includes her 90-minute PBS special and forthcoming books, and comprises a variety of consumer products that inspire people to live life with passion and purpose.
Jen’s energy and diverse wisdom make her a highly sought after international speaker for Fortune 500 companies, top universities, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, business conferences, and more. She speaks on topics ranging from business to leadership, emotional intelligence to healthy living and empowerment to enhancing productivity.
Jen also serves as a board member for organizations such as Career Wardrobe, Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, ZeeMee and the CNN Hero award-winning non-profit Back on My Feet. She is also an advisor/partner for Thuzio, started by Tiki Barber and Mark Gerson, which has quickly become a leading company in influencer marketing and has approximately 40,000 athletes and influencers on its platform.
Tapping into over two decades of entrepreneurial experience, Jen recently launched the innovative economic movement for entrepreneurs and small business owners called Jumpstart StartUp, a first-of-its-kind pop-up shop that kicked off in Philadelphia in October 2016, and is currently scaling to cities nationwide. This groundbreaking venture curates many required business services under one roof as a way to accelerate business growth. The concierged “matchmaking” model initiates relationships for brands and entrepreneurs, supporting small business growth and expanding brand messaging. An online platform replicates the store’s live experience. JumpStart StartUp has partnered with major brands, including TD Bank, Comcast Business, UPS and My Top Bookkeeper.
Jen has been a business and lifestyle contributor and content creator for major television networks such as ABC, CBS, CNBC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News and The CW. Jen also contributes editorial pieces to several prominent business magazines and online resources including The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc., The Wall Street Journal, Positively Positive, The Daily Love and HealthyStyle NY. Her products and work have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including O! The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, People, US Weekly, Success and Forbes.
In fall 2017, Jen will be releasing three books with Make this Matter & CO Publishing: a relaunch of her best-selling What If? & Why Not?, with updated resources, The Operators Manual for Life and #Empowered (based on her PBS Special).
Jen’s passion for inspiring others to realize their greatest potential was first apparent in her work immediately following college as a national-level fitness competitor and continues as the driving force behind her many successful initiatives. She regularly motivates and inspires through her keynote speaking engagements for corporations, universities and organizations all over the world. Jen continues to strive toward her ultimate goal, which is to innovate in every industry she is inspired to play in while empowering others to achieve their goals.
Jen is more than a multifaceted, multitalented individual: She is, undoubtedly, a force to be reckoned with. She believes in active participation and lives by the belief, “If you are going to complain about something you better be willing to inspire change.”