EPISODE 169 | JUNE 19, 2024

Unveiling Women's Superpowers in Mergers & Acquisitions

Today we are taking a detailed look at the unique strengths women bring to the high-stakes world of mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Join host Natalie Benamou as she sits down with Jennifer Fondrevay, Chief Humanity Officer at Day One Ready and author of “Now What: A Survivor's Guide for Thriving Through M&A.” Jennifer shares her career journey and the powerful roles that intuition, empathy, and emotional intelligence play in M&A success.

Jennifer recounts her eye-opening experience interviewing over 60 CEOs and discusses how women can transform the M&A landscape by leveraging their unique skills. Get inspired by real-life stories of female M&A professionals who have become trusted advisors by tapping into their foresight and emotional intelligence. 

Jennifer also offers actionable advice for women aspiring to board roles, emphasizing the importance of human capital management and the often-overlooked process of re-interviewing for jobs post-acquisition.

Whether you're an M&A professional, a board member, or simply interested in leadership and business strategy, this episode is a must-listen. Learn how to harness the transformative potential of women's leadership in M&A and elevate your career and business outcomes.

Explore how women's intuition, empathy, and foresight can reveal unseen factors, foster open communication, and anticipate future challenges in M&A. Jennifer shares a compelling story about a woman who kept a deal on track by minimizing ego conflicts and discusses the importance of having allies in the boardroom.

Discover the intricate interplay between data-driven decisions and cultural alignment in M&A. Jennifer highlights the often-underappreciated superpowers women bring to the table, such as intuition and emotional intelligence, and provides actionable advice for women seeking board roles. Jennifer also touches on the critical aspect of re-interviewing for jobs post-acquisition and its impact on employee morale.

Favorite Quotes:

“The emotional aspect, the compassion, empathy, intuition piece of M&A is so important to success yet often overlooked. It’s these very qualities that can foresee potential management conflicts and cultural misfits early in the deal process.”

“You cannot be attached to your past achievements. You need to highlight what you're going to do for the company moving forward. It’s not about what your job was before. It’s about what is your skill set and expertise that's going to contribute to the future.”

“Highlight a program you created to onboard employees so that you didn't lose talent. Leaning into that and showcasing your unique contributions to human capital management during M&As can significantly enhance your board resume.”

This is a must-listen to interview if you are on a board, are creating M&A opportunities or work with human capital.

Thank you Jennifer, for being a featured speaker today!

Keep shining your light bright. The world needs you.

About Jennifer

Jennifer J. Fondrevay is the Chief Humanity Officer at Day One Ready and the author of “Now What: A Survivor's Guide for Thriving Through M&A.” With extensive experience in M&A, Jennifer focuses on the human side of business transformations, helping companies and leaders navigate the complexities of mergers and acquisitions.



Website: jenniferjfondrevay.com

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jennifer-fondrevay

Forbes Article: Women Possess superpowers in M&A 

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