GWEN JETTAIN

Innovation Consultant
2017

What were you doing before you joined the Uprise program?

I was working as a project manager in the corporate insurance industry. I felt that I wasn’t being intellectually challenged enough, and I had too many boundaries to operate within. Even though I had the freedom to choose how I would do something, the final product was already defined by someone else.

How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?

After graduating, I found a company based in Australia who are helping organisations to set up their operations in an adaptable, innovative and systematic way. Usually if you want to innovate in big corporations, you have to set up all these committees, it’ll take a few months, there has to be a budget and ultimately, it makes them slow.

In this case, the company wants to be able to help companies innovate a lot more efficiently. I’ll start working with them in October and I’m very excited. The company is called Adaptovate.

I’m very happy with where I’ve ended up. If I hadn’t done Nomad Academy, I probably would have chosen the easy way out and gone back to exactly what I did before.

What was the thing that surprised you most after joining Uprise Academy?

In my whole life, it’s been hard to find people I instantly connect with. I’ll be talking to someone from the tribe, and the conversation flows straight away.

If you feel like you can’t do what you want to do, then that means you need to change something about your life. You can always do what you want to do. It means sacrifices, choices, work, persistence but you can do it. Uprise Academy is a platform to make you realise this.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the program?

If you’re ready to open up yourself and to other people, to discover who you really are, I would say this is the best experience you can do.

I would also say that if you’re planning on having a good time, then this isn’t for you. You will have a good time, but you won’t get a sense of what Uprise Academy is all about, where you can discover who you are through yourself and through the eyes of the community. You get out knowing much more about yourself than you did before.