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12-Year Work Anniversary


What’s up Kaizenovators, Happy Tuesday Two Minute Drill. Today’s topic of conversation is 12 years. Today, July 2nd, marks Jena Slaski’s 12-year anniversary. For those of you who know Jena, I know you’re smiling right now. For those of you who don’t, she is our Director of Research and Innovation.

Celebrating Jena


Jena started with me 12 years ago when we had just formed a 501c3 nonprofit clinical research institute.

We needed somebody to run it. We had literally nothing—no training manuals, no process, no standard operating procedures, nothing. Jena built that clinical research institute into the powerhouse it is today. 

Over the years, we’ve published many studies in peer-reviewed journals. We just finished a large multi-year NIH study, and she produced some of the best work I’ve ever seen coming out of that research institute. It would have never happened without her.

Jena has also helped us launch our technology company, Kaizenovate, and our second product, EMBODI. She has done a remarkable job juggling a 501c3 nonprofit while helping us grow this startup that we hope will change the world.

Jena is just remarkable, and she honors all of our core values. But what’s really interesting to me is that I’ve never seen Jena lose her sh*t. 

For those of you that know me, you know I’m passionate and emotional. She just lets me be me, but she always stays calm, cool, and collected. It’s kind of remarkable. When I was thinking about this video, I was thinking about what are the things that drive that type of relationship where somebody is with you for 12 years? 

I think the most important thing is honesty and openness. We’ve always had a great relationship where she can tell me what she thinks, even if it’s something I might not want to hear. But she’s honest and open with me, and that helps me be a better leader and a better person.

So Jena, happy 12 years. I’m so lucky to have you. I have so much love and appreciation for you.

That’s this week’s Two Minute Drill. You guys, have a great week. I’ll talk to y’all next week. 


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