From From Law Firms to Tech Titan: Jeanine Charlton's Journey of Transformation and Triumph

Real Life Real Leaders

May 23 2023 • 27 mins

Overcoming personal and professional challenges starts with resilience, positivity, and having a solid support system. To unpack this further is special guest Jeanine Charlton, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Merchants Fleet.

Jeanine's path was not always smooth, from her beginnings as an office manager in a law firm to becoming a top 50 Powerful Woman in Technology and a CIO of the Year Orbee Award winner. Jeanine talks about how she morphed into technology and her personal challenges, including her children's diagnosis of Lyme disease and divorce. She emphasizes the importance of being kind to oneself, seeking support when needed, and continuous learning for leadership development. Jeanine's story inspires others to navigate the ever-changing world of technology and prioritize their well-being. Further key points throughout include:

  • An introduction to Jeanine Charlton

  • The root of Jeanine's strong work ethic

  • Making career switches that align with your goals

  • The value of building strong relationships in the workplace

  • The importance of research and gaining operational experience

  • The stepping stones to becoming an executive team member

  • Time for a fresh start: the journey from Michigan to Virginia

  • Coming to terms with a Lymes disease diagnosis

  • Finding beacons of hope through times of hardship and the power of positivity

  • Support systems for those who are battling alcoholism

  • Silver linings from the global COVID-19 pandemic

"I like to think of myself as a lifelong learner. I really enjoy the learning process. If you find yourself not learning new skills, then it's probably time to step back and think and reflect upon that because we live in a world that is just constantly changing.." Jeanine Charlton.

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