We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Pohlkamp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I am most proud of learning how to navigate at an executive level while remaining respectful and honorable, and spearheading that task as an Asian and female leader. I understand that people may not measure the value of these characteristics as heavily as I do, but by knowing what I stand for and what I don’t provides a lot of clarity in my work. It’s natural to grow no matter how far or how long you continue in a profession, but I believe it takes courage to evolve while remaining true to what you believe in and remembering where you came from. Even more so in today’s climate, not adhering to societal “norms” and knowing your worth is so imperative. Whatever your background, race, upbringing, gender… no one asks for excuses, let’s solve problems. My goal for personal success is for a cause, to help myself and everyone around me to challenge and progress themselves on a daily level.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I thrive on completing and accomplishing something I set my mind to. That high you get when you know you can be proud of your hard and consistent work, knowing that forcing yourself to be vulnerable has its rewards. I believe that honesty, humility and empathy will take you farther than seeking applause or attention, listen to yourself and ignore the nonsense. I am grateful for all the opportunities that were laid out before me, the people who took a risk on my story, those that helped me reach where I am today and hope that I can do the same for people who can make a difference in someone else’s life down the road. I want to help people to bet on themselves more often, to activate their resilience and potential.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite part of San Diego is how diverse every community is. Kate Sessions Park is a place that is very dear to my heart. Catching sunrise on the hills with your fur babies, a coffee from Better Buzz or Olive Cafe and a SD breakfast burrito is such a great way to start your day. You’ll run into your neighbors at Happy Hour and oysters done right at PB Fish Shop. Some of our favorite dining stops: Indigo Grille, Louisiana Purchase, Shanghai Saloon. Late night cocktails at Turf Club indicates you had a great night. A hike up Stonewall Peak provides ‘Gram worthy pics from the summit. Pro-tip: stop at Pam’s Place before you jump on the 79 and load up on some of the best jerky, dried fruit, and an endless amount of pickled things. Cue salivation. If time permits, a trip to Joshua Tree is a must. It is our favorite place to get away and breathe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It would not be right to exclude the various teams that I have had the chance to manage over the years- they have gotten me to where I am in my career through support, advice, learning from experiences, friendship, adversity. The good, the bad, the ugly- it all helped me learn more about myself and what truly made the business run. By helping me create an environment that everyone could learn in had it’s challenges but in the end, I have to give huge kudos to everyone in the trenches who went to war for me everyday – the war of work.