#JuanOfSouth for MARCH: It’s Shoe-time with Jenn! 

by Mhanny Agusto, MARCH 2023

Being the new lead for HR at MPT South, many would say that Ms. Jennifer Cornelio, or Jenn, has big shoes to fill in. But as the Southlink team interviews Ms. Jenn, we can confidently say that she is up for the challenge and has a lot to bring to the table! 

A graduate of AB Behavioral Science and MA Psychology Major in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Ms. Jenn always makes it a point to join companies which shares the same values that she embodies on a daily. After working in an e-commerce industry, she chose to work with MPTC and be part of the team which promotes Innovation, Agility, and Excellence in everything they do.  

Southlink team: What are other things do you look forward to experiencing here at MPT South? 

Jenn: I look forward to contributing to the company, whether directly or indirectly. In whatever I do, I make sure that I am able to contribute and be relevant. 

Advocate of Innovation 

As for Ms. Jenn, the value INNOVATION holds an important aspect in the way she conducts her work. “For me this is important because you need this to be relevant, whether in business or in personal development. To be able to innovate, one has to be open to make mistakes and failure and improve until you get output. The person has to be a risk-taker. I value innovation as the needs of the business and the people also change and HR has to be able to find new ways and innovate. I experiment, test, try, adjust and allow room for mistakes to be able to improve”, highlighted by Ms. Jenn.  

#ShoeHaul Time! 

After working in the busy district of BGC in the past, Ms. Jenn’s fascination with shoes has grown- especially when it comes to lifestyle and running shoes. For her, Shoes symbolizes her journey and her experience, whether up or down, short or long walks, slow or fast pace. She remembers what has happened to her which made her buy a specific shoe, as well as to when she bought them. Enough of the talking, now watch this two part interview with Ms. Jenn with some of her collections. 

To end, Ms. Jenn shares some insights which we can also incorporate in our lives, whether personal or professional: 

  1. Honesty is the best policy.  
  1. Golden Rule – Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.  
  1. If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. –  Bernard Shaw 
  1. The darkest hour is the best time to see the stars. It’s when life seems so harsh and painful that the most wonderful blessings arrive.  
  1. Be open to continuous learning and improvement. 
  1. Be kind. 

Did You Know? Here are some random facts about Ms. Jenn: 

Q: How do you handle stressful work conditions / environment?  

Jenn: I rest and take care of my body (mind, emotions, socials). I make time for family and friends, personal hobbies and self-development. It’s also important to have fun.  

Q: What are your hobbies? Or What do you love to do during your free time / outside work?   

Jenn: I completed courses in fashion dressmaking and sewing so I make clothes and anything that involves sewing like curtains, pillowcase, costumes of my son (Halloween, Christmas, Filipiniana). I am also into fitness (running, yoga, weights, HIIT, etc.). I find time to read books and attend online courses for self-development.  

Q: If you are to pursue another career or profession, what would it be and why? 

Jenn: I would have been in actuary, fashion, or in software development. 



About the writer:

Mhanny S. Agusto. Day dreaming, drawing and writing are few of the things I do to escape reality and keep my sanity. Yep, that’s me. 

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