Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Bardot, who is all about finding and developing personal GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Intention and Tenacity) and helping others, especially women, do the same. Those who know her best refer to her as a giver, connector, mentor, volunteer, authentic prob- lem solver, speaker, publisher, author, and promoter of empowering people.
“I’ve always been passionate about helping people, which is why I’ve always chosen to work in posi- tions where I bring people together, make connections, bridge gaps and add value to their lives. Cur- rently, I get to do this through my work as a Health & Benefits Consultant with WTW, as well as through the numerous charities and organizations where I volunteer my time,” said Bardot.
“Most of the choices that have made over my lifetime were made by taking risk and leaps of faith. By
doing this, I grew from each experience and went on to accept new challenges,” she added.
Bardot has always understood the importance of education and was a first-generation college student on both sides of her family. Her dedication to making a better life for herself and future family lead
her to not only graduating with an undergraduate degree, but to go on to complete not one, but two
In addition to valuing traditional educational paths, Bardot has always also been enthusiastic about learning and helping others develop leadership skills. During the height of Covid, Jennifer channeled this energy into starting an on-line women’s networking group called Thought Partners, with friend Lorna Gibbar. Today, what began as a small group of friends wanting to learn from one another has grown into a fantastic business development support initiative of 500+ women in the St. Louis met- ropolitan area.
And if that effort doesn’t prove Bardot’s dedication to support fellow business women, her latest projects, which have brought over 125+ women together to share their intentional, inspiring and empowering success stories sure do.
“In 2021, I gathered a group of amazing women together to help create an anthology I
published called Owning Your G.R.I.T. That book become an international bestseller in eight coun-
tries and is currently available not only through Amazon, but also at Target, Walmart, and Barnes &
Noble. Recently the first part of my four part sequel to that book (The Deconstructing GRIT Collec- tion), GROWTH launched, and also became an international best seller. RESILIENCE , the second book in that series, will launch in January of 2023, and I intend to launch the third and fourth books, INTENTION and TENACITY, later next year.”
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
“I can say my professional road has absolutely not been a smooth one. However, as I
reflect upon my journey, I can appreciate it and I know I learned more about myself, my abilities,
and my strength because it was not easy. I don’t think I have met a true leader who would describe their path as being easy. It isn’t easy to pushing oneself out of your comfort zone to develop and grow. It isn’t easy to work long hours, navigate hard conversations, and show up for others on their timelines to meet their needs. But that is what it takes to be successful. Many times, I have turned away from the grain because as a cycle breaker, I could see room for improvement instead of doing what had just been done in the past,”
What are some words you live by?
“Reflection is a powerful tool. Through reflection, we can see how past struggles help us identify the strength it takes to get to the present. This was a quote I used in my book. Because I know struggles are a part of life I choose to believe they help us endure so we are able to overcome future obstacles. For me, the key has been not to lose yourself in self-doubt along this journey but to push through to the brighter days ahead.
As you know, we’re big fans of WTW -Willis Towers Watson. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about the brand?
I work for an incredible organization, the third largest insurance provider in the world, with tre- mendous innovative solutions to help employers and employees receive the best resources. We are a wise brand with a legacy of integrity and top-of-the-line offerings.
I am proud to work for this organization and to be able to deliver such a high standard of services to my middle market health & Benefits clients in St. Louis Market.
WTW is unlike any other insurance provider because they are the brains behind all benchmarking and scorecards we see in the insurance marketplace. They truly have the resources to engage with the employees to ensure that employers provide them with the right benefits through various em- ployee listening strategies. I specialize as a Health & Benefits consultant but WTW has the capacity to handle risk insurance, retirement solutions, executive compensation strategies, metal health parody solutions and much more.
In my role I visit with HR Directors, CFO’s, Owners, and Presidents to help them
deliver the best resources to retain and recruit top talent. I also work to make sure there is benefit alignment their employees find interesting and enhance the employee experience.
Our culture has a strong client focus, an emphasis on teamwork, unwavering integrity, and mutual respect which leads to may of the companies we support thinking of us as an extension of their team. My mission is to find creative ways to add value for my clients which has always been a key focus throughout WTW’s rich history.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
In the upcoming years, I see myself continuing to support and empower women and busi- nesses through the work I do at WTW, through my publishing company and book series and the volunteering I do within the St. Louis, MO Community. I see myself continuing to show up as a mentor for small business owners, startups, and young professionals infusing GRIT in all these spaces to help our community grow strong and to and to improve every- one’s quality of life. I want to continue to supporting others while shining a light on all leaders who have pushed through struggles and now shine brightly. Showcasing their ac- complishments and strength can only inspire upcoming propel themselves forward for greater impact.
- Owning Your G.R.I.T.
Sold at Target, Walmart, Amazon, Barnes & Noble for $15.99
- GROWTH – sold on Amazon for $16.99
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-mcdonnell-bardot/
- Website: https://www.gritcollection.com
- Website: https://www.wtwco.com/en-IN/About-Us/our-history