Jones significantly boosted Viamedia’s position in the industry this year. For one, there was the high-profile event hosting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr at the company’s network operations HQ. She also added a Five City Creative Services division and was behind both a successful advertiser referral program and a formal email marketing program. The secret to mentoring? “Taking the time necessary to both guide and to listen.”

 

What’s the most important aspect of mentoring?

Taking the time necessary to both guide and to listen.

 

What/who inspires you at work? What/who inspires you outside the office? Kim Norris, our COO, inspires me daily at Viamedia. She is equally invested in her team’s well-being personally as she in their growth professionally. Outside the office…my boys…my #1 job in life is to ensure they become kind, respectful, confident and honest men.

 

Best trick for maintaining the personal-professional life balance?

Celebrate the small successes in life both personally and professionally…it could be meeting a deadline or just getting dinner on the table. Doesn’t matter how trivial, give yourself credit for accomplishing it…otherwise you will drown in the “to dos.”

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