Grit, resilience, strong values and a work ethic instilled in her from a young age propelled Jane from her dirt poor Iowa upbringing to an executive role at Microsoft. We discuss Jane’s new book, “Worthy: From Cornfields to Corner Office of Microsoft,”  and the story that led her to a life she never could have imagined. When a door opened, Jane leapt through it and went all in. When she felt like a fraud, and was flooded with fear and insecurity, she kept going. When she felt like she didn’t belong among the upper middle ivy leaguers, she kept going. Jane wants you to know r that your background does not define your future. If you find it hard to relate to people who have all the answers, and don’t have major issues they are struggling with, this is the book for you. Jane is open about all of it, including her recovery from the bulimia that nearly destroyed her. 

Today, Jane is an investor, advisor and Chairman of the Board for the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue, Washington. Jane is grateful to those who let her through and she is paying it back in a big way.

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Favorite Quotes:

“I never look at a no as a no. I always think of it as a not yet.”

“I’m no longer afraid to be afraid. And that being afraid means that I am stretching, I am growing, I am trying to do something I’ve never done before.”

“Nobody has the full meal deal. Know what you’re good at, embrace that and own it.”

“If you don’t claim what you’re good at or take the time to know it, and you only think about what you’re not good at, you stay small, you stay afraid.”

“The secrets that kill. In sharing your secrets and having the courage to share your secrets, that’s when you heal.”

“It’s okay to be great at things and to say that and to know it, because that enables other people to be great at things and to know that too.”

“You’ve had successes, whether it’s in school or a job or something, and that is all translatable.”

“I worked my heine off and I took jobs that required me to travel overseas when my child was one and a half years old and commute.”

“Everybody has a secret. And it’s the secrets that kill.”