Whether she's deep-diving into client work or enjoying a lunchtime walk, Senior Consultant Jenny Oelkers brings an upbeat personality to the Denamico office...after her second cup of coffee of course. :)
Get to know more about Jenny in this employee spotlight.
What aspects of your role do you enjoy the most?
I have the opportunity to work with numerous clients across all different industries. I love learning about the different companies, helping them achieve their goals, and maximizing their HubSpot instance. My clients are fantastic - I have the absolute pleasure of working with so many amazing, smart, talented professionals. Every day I am learning something new!
Before working at Denamico, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I have loved every job I’ve had and each has had its unusual and interesting elements. My first job, however, allowed me the opportunity to truly fine-tune my sweet tooth. I started working at Fanny Farmer Candy Store at age 16. I had to sample all sorts of treats to make sure I could provide the best customer experience for our visitors!
How did you first learn about Denamico?
I had my first experience with the Denamico team at a Minneapolis HUG (HubSpot User Group). I was impressed with the team - they were conversational, welcoming, smart, and just offered plain old practical suggestions. I remember taking a simple suggestion about creating a workflow to trigger internal notifications for “detractors” and “promoters” coming through NPS or CSAT surveys so that we could capitalize on situations in critical moments. I left the morning HUG, went back to the office, and had a new procedure in place that same day. HubSpot is a big tool and it’s always great to learn from others that have had different experiences!
What is your proudest moment at Denamico?
One of my first tasks, when I started at Denamico, was writing up a submission for a HubSpot Impact Award. I had no idea what the project entailed since I had not been with Denamico for the vast majority of the project, so I really had to dig in. I read a lot of documentation, interviewed our client, and talked to my brilliant co-workers. I was so proud and excited for my colleagues and Denamico when we won the HubSpot Impact Award for Integrations. The team worked so hard on the project and I was happy to help them get the recognition they deserved for their great work!
Do you have a favorite newspaper, blog?
I love the Sunday StarTribune. I still have it delivered and it feels like an indulgence. I also read a handful of daily blogs: The Daily Carnage, The Hustle, Morning Brew.
What did you want to be when growing up?
I was a huge hockey fan when I was young. We didn’t have cable TV, so I listened to as many Minnesota North Star games as I could on the local radio station. It was my dream to be Al Shaver, the play-by-play commentator for the North Stars. He could paint a picture with his words!
What is on your bucket list?
I really would love to see the Northern Lights. I know you can often see them from Northern Minnesota, but I’d really like to go to a remote Norwegian village and see them from an Igloo (but I’m soft and would likely only make it in an igloo for a night).
What is the worst thing you did as a kid?
I was in the third grade and had never had poison ivy. My friend and I wondered what it was like. We went into the woods behind her house, and although we had no idea what poison ivy looked like, we rubbed all sorts of random leaves over our legs, arms, and faces. Lucky me, I picked the poison ivy leaves and came down with a terrible case. My eyes were nearly swollen shut and I had to be heavily medicated so I didn’t itch too much. Not a proud moment.
What tv show/movie are you ashamed to admit you, love?
While perhaps not my favorite movie, but one that I do love and get mocked for incessantly (for those old enough to remember it), is The Bridges of Madison County. I know, it is incredibly cheesy, but for some reason - that movie made me cry like crazy. I tried to get a few of my younger colleagues to read the book, but they didn’t bite, they don’t know what they are missing!
Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
A few years ago my kids and I traveled to Edinburgh Scotland. We went in late November and had no specific plans aside from just exploring. When we emerged from the train station, it was dark, but we were greeted with twinkling lights - everywhere. It felt like we had been transported to a magical city. Their Christmas Market was in full swing. There were booths filled with candles, chocolates, mulled wines, tartan scarves, but even more magical was the fact that people were simply exuding joy. There were friends and families walking with interlocked arms singing carols. I was awestruck. A perfect night.