IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The year 2021 saw diversity, equity, and inclusion make it to the top of the agenda for most firms. However, we still have a long way to go before we truly achieve the balance that reflects our society’s reality.
Launched in succession to our Women in Business report last year, our new global series, Her Corner Office, brings to light the stories of opportunities, challenges, and achievements that catapulted leading women executives to success.
Our next episode features Jennifer Grove, Vice President, External Relations at Baptist Health Care where she provides senior leadership for Community Relations, Governmental Relations, Marketing and Communications, the Baptist Health Care Foundation and the Faith & Community Health Network. This role allows Jennifer an opportunity to continue to make positive impacts in the greater Pensacola community.
“We need to stop thinking about balance as an ideal.”
In her conversation with Shannon Libbert, Senior Partner at Kingsley Gate Partners, Jennifer shares her journey from the energy to the healthcare industry while also touching upon the question, “is there such a thing as balance?”
Jennifer also shares her top prediction for the industry and leadership advice she would give her younger self.
About Jennifer Grove
Jennifer Grove is Vice President of External Relations at Baptist Health Care, the area’s only not-for-profit health system that is based in, led and governed in northwest Florida. Baptist Health Care includes three hospitals, four medical parks, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, a large network of primary care and specialty physicians, and is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. With over 4,000 team members, Baptist is one of the largest non-governmental employers in northwest Florida. Jen provides leadership for external relationships with community, government, media, philanthropic, faith-based and other organizations that are essential to the success of Baptist’s Vision to be the trusted partner to improve the quality of life for the communities it serves.
Jen joined the team at BHC in January 2019 from The Southern Company and Gulf Power where she worked for more than 25 years. She serves on many state and local boards focused on improving quality of life including the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Children’s Movement of Florida, Florida’s Great Northwest, the Greater Pensacola Chamber, the UWF Haas Center Council of Economic Advisors, and is a recent appointee as one of two Florida business representatives on the new Florida Credentials Review Committee. This Committee is tasked with creating a Master Credentials list and process for use in directing resources in Florida’s education and workforce development systems. Jen served as a founding member and continues to heavily engage in the work of ReadyKids! and Achieve Escambia, and was actively engaged in the successful 2020 campaign for the Escambia Children’s Trust.
Jen also now serves as Chair of Achieve Healthy EscaRosa, the community’s collective impact effort focused on health improvement. She is a past long-term board member of CareerSource Florida, the Florida Education Foundation, and Leadership Florida. In 2019, Jen was a recipient of the Living the Dream award that honors local individuals for exemplifying the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Watch the full conversation between Shannon and Jennifer in the video above!