Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeni Lambertson.
Jeni, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got to where I am today via a very non-linear path. I moved to Los Angeles (the first time) just before my eighteenth birthday. I lived here for four years and worked as everything from an Assistant to a Talent Manager to a shop girl in Hancock Park. About three years in I visited New York for the first time and instantly fell in love.
I knew I had to live there, and so five months later I moved. In New York I worked at a branding consultancy called Co: Collective and it was there that I began to think about the big picture and what I wanted my career to look like long term. However, my now husband was offered an opportunity on the West Coast that he could not pass up and so we headed back to LA. Upon my return, I worked as a Creative Resourcing Executive at a global advertising agency and began to see first hand the disparity between men and women.
What they earned, the amount of push back a freelance female commanding a specific rate would get versus a male ( generally with less talent and less experience) and the complete and utter lack of diversity. Before working at this particular agency I knew, of course, gender inequality existed but had never experienced it first-hand. Co: was run mostly by women and they all championed my growth. My bosses there were continually asking me how I wanted my role to evolve and happy to do anything they could to encourage it.
After a year at the agency in Los Angeles, I knew two things: nothing was going to change there as they had no vested interest in diversity or equal pay and I would be complicit if I stayed. It was from there I launched my female -first recruitment agency, the constellations. My work now is dedicated to placing top female talent in future-forward companies that understand a diverse workforce can only have a positive impact on business, culture, and profit.
Has it been a smooth road?
I feel so blessed because while I have faced many obstacles, generally with regard to finances (I grew up poor and did not have a safety net) I have always had so many extraordinary people in my life to counter it. They have been willing to help me in any way possible and because of that, I have never felt like any particular bump was insurmountable.
Today in my work with the constellations I would say an ongoing obstacle is those who do not understand why what I am doing is so important and so crucial for the future. Not only economically, but socially as well. At times it can feel discouraging, especially when advocating for women to another woman, but I feel like as long as I keep moving forward it is just a matter of getting up and over whatever trouble is presenting itself.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
the constellations is a procurement service dedicated to placing top female talent in future-forward companies. I am most proud of the fact that I am the first and only recruitment agency dedicated to bridging the gap. My work is about creating equilibrium in the workplace and I feel so grateful each time I am able to place a candidate in a job where she will not only be able to grow but thrive.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Los Angeles is a great place to be at any stage of one’s career. However, I think most of one’s success is in direct correlation to the amount of work they are willing to do towards making themselves an exceptional candidate and employee once they have the job.
- Website: theconstellations.co
- Phone: 9168470783
- Email: Jeni@theconstellations.co
- Instagram: @thehighwaylamb
Tyler William Parker