WPN Young Professional Women's Spotlight: JaneMarie Grandchamp
This month we are featuring JaneMarie Grandchamp, an office manager and producer at June Visconti Agency.
We would like to highlight JaneMarie's answer to our question "If there was one thing you would want everyone to know about you what would it be?" to which she responded "I really like helping people and mentoring them. I enjoy talking with them and listening to them. Helping people set their goals, find their confidence and exceed their own expectations is rewarding. It’s incredible to watch people grow into themselves and become the best person they can be. While I am always working to be the best version of myself, I enjoy being part of other people’s journey as a friend, supporter and confidante."
We believe that this really hits home in regards to what the WPN is all about, women supporting women in a collective effort to rise together. The women of the WPN play a huge role in inspiring the next generation of women to continue to reach heights never seen before, as these same young professional women will one day have an opportunity to do. Keep reading to find out a little more about JaneMarie, we thank you for your support!
What is it you do and what do you enjoy most about your career?
I am the Office Manager and a Producer at June Visconti Insurance Agency, Inc. in Red Hook, NY. I have been in my current role for 2 years. In my career thus far, I have always seemed to find myself in a sales role. However, I really don’t think of myself as a sales person, I think of myself as an educator and informer. That is what I enjoy most about my job! I educate people on their insurance options and let them make the best decision for themselves while being an educated consumer. I will absolutely always tell my clients what I think their best option is, while also informing them as to why I have come to that conclusion.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
Every day I come into work and love what I do! The agency where I currently work is a family owned and operated team. My mother and I lead the forefront and we have amazing employees that whole heartily support our mission, excellent customer service. Thus, in 20 years, I see myself as an owner of a handful of insurance agencies. Yup, agencies. While we operate only one office now, my goal is to continue our growth and be able to open more offices throughout our area. I am confident our growth will continue to flourish as we consciously and effectively strive for great service. When you walk into our office, you will always be greeted by name and a smile. We are a family agency and we will always make sure you feel like part of the family!
Who is your role model?
While there are so many amazing people I look up to, hands down, my role model is my mother, Jane McCarthy. I know what you’re thinking, your mother? Yes, she drives me crazy but she is the most kick-butt woman I have ever met. She has always been an example of working hard and never giving up and has installed this in myself and 2 siblings. She has always been an example of when you hit a glass ceiling, you power right through it like a firework! Owning 2 businesses, working full time and raising 3 kids at the same time- I don’t know how she does it. Absolutely, she is my role model. (And, my dad's pretty awesome too!)
Who has impacted you the most in your career and how?
Hmm, I have been very lucky to work with some amazing people from each job I’ve had. I would say in a previous job, I had a very intimidating boss. By intimidating, I mean he didn’t talk to me for my first 2 months. Crazy, right? Working with someone for 12 hours a day, 5 times a week and not a word. When he did send messages down the pipeline to my coworkers to relay to me, it was always something I could improve on. The reason this impacted my career is because when month number 3 hit, he finally spoke to me because he had to. The 2 of us were doing the job of 5 people. Chaos? Yes, a little. But I stepped up, took the bull by the horns, and crushed it! I showed him that I wasn't intimidated and that I had listened to his feedback and worked on all those improvements he wanted me to make. In fact, not only did he communicate with me, he trusted me and he gave me more responsibility. After that we had a great working relationship and he was a mentor throughout my prior career. The reason this was so impactful is because I never gave up and it wasn’t because I wanted to impress my boss . . . It was because I wanted to challenge myself, learn from my experiences and grow. And I did, I impressed myself!
Why do you feel the WPN is important for young professional women?
WPN is so important to all women no matter what age. What I love about WPN is the fact I can learn so much, I can learn from women that are tenured and women just beginning their careers. Sometimes there can be a gap between generations and because we are all human, it is easy to get stuck in our own way of doing things. WPN really bridges the gap. What I mean by this is that no matter how you do things like network, communicate, etc. - these women all come together with differences and learn from them, using them to make themselves well rounded and their careers successful and long lived. Young women can benefit so much from joining WPN! Take advantage of the amazing women at WPN, talk with them, learn from them and grow with them.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I am an HUGE family person! Being a newlywed, (YAY!) I enjoy spending time with my husband and our 3 little fur babies. We enjoy listening and singing along to country music, most weekends you'll catch us at karaoke. We love hanging out with both our families, whether it's hanging out on the couch or cheering for someone on the field.
If there was one thing you would want everyone to know about you, what would it be?
I really like helping people and mentoring them. I enjoy talking with them and listening to them. Helping people set their goals, find their confidence and exceed their own expectations is rewarding. It’s incredible to watch people grow into themselves and become the best person they can be. While I am always working to be the best version of myself, I enjoy being part of other people's journey as a friend, supporter and confidante.