Jennifer Lyn Adarna, 2020 New York Women in Banking Winner

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Jennifer Lyn Adarna

Vice President, Tech Assessment & Advisory Services
Wells Fargo

How did you get into this field? What keeps you motivated to stay?

I first started my career in Accounting & Internal Audit at PwC. Working for a Big 4 firm exposes you to so many experiences and really builds your skill set. I also got to work with a various clients and found so much opportunity in banking and financial services. When I got the opportunity to work in Wells Fargo Tech Advisory group and be part of a growing team, I was really excited. Almost everything we do today is tech driven and it’s so interesting seeing financial institutions like Wells Fargo is utilizing innovative technologies as part of their day to day business. There’s really never a dull moment in the finance and tech realm. I enjoy being able to be part of the solution as far as implementing and reviewing new technologies.

Have you had any great female mentors? What is the importance of mentoring and is this something that you focus on?

I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for my mentors. I have college professors, that I still keep in touch with today to help guide me in career. Also all the female mentors and coaches from the companies I worked for and met along the way have been such an inspiration. When you are a young female in a predominantly male dominated industry, you need a female support system. To be able to be successful, it takes a village and it really does!

Mentoring is so important for me and I’ve recognize the huge role my mentors have played in my life which is why it’s important for me to ply that role as well. Ever since graduating college, I’ve been an Alumni mentor for Finance and Accounting students at Manhattan college. I’ve also been involved with Catholic Big Brother, Big Sister for the past three years where I’ve mentored underprivileged highschool students. It’s so important for me to stay connected with the youth and to set an example for the upcoming generation of leaders.

What is your favorite book? Why?

One of my favorite books is Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, her story is incredible. From starting a business to losing it then building the whole Girlboss brand to selling it and then she recently launched Business Class to help people who want to start their own business. She continues to be one of my favorite role models. I re-read her book so often because even if you don’t start a business the key takeaways like learning how to fail forward and being able to embrace the journey are such an important mindset to have.

What do you consider your greatest success?

I always said that I wouldn’t consider myself successful unless the people around me felt successful as well. It really important for me empower others and to make sure people feel seen in whatever they do. Even though I am so proud of the career that I built for myself and for working at big companies like PwC and Wells Fargo, I am most proud of the communities I help build outside of my career.

In 2018, I launched a podcast called The Weekly Hustle focused on celebrating people and their stories no matter where they worked. Success looks different for everyone and I wanted to highlight people I’ve met that are photographers, artists, writers, individuals who talked about mental health, business owners etc. and share their unique stories. My podcast has been around for two years and it’s been played in over 50+ countries around the world and has been played over 4000 times. A year later after launching a podcast, I also started a small business called Boss Baes NYC, Inc. focused on bringing together and supporting female small businesses and leaders in their industries. It’s one of my life purposes to help and support women other women and I wanted to create a Community of like minded women to serve as role models for the upcoming generation of females.