We had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Warren Medwin MS, CDC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jennifer, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson my career has taught me is that you lose 100% of the shots you don’t take. The answer ultimately might be no or the attempt might be unsuccessful, but it is always important to put forth your best effort. If you are passionate about something, you will find a way to make it happen.
What should our readers know about your business?
-What sets me apart from others? I enjoy partnering with people contemplating or going through the divorce process. My personal experience along with my coaching and mediation background enhance my ability to effectively assist individuals in a nonjudgmental manner on how to negotiate for themselves and how to separate the emotional side from the business side of divorce. When you have passion for what you do, I believe your clients know and benefit. -What am I most proud of or excited about? I am most proud of my ability to pursue my dreams. I started my practice from the ground up. Today I have helped many clients divorce in a healthy and productive manner. I care deeply for the wellbeing of my clients, I know that the people I work with come through the process feeling more empowered. -How did I get to where I am today business-wise? Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? I put in a lot of hard work and time. Once I decided what I wanted to do I did all of the coursework necessary, read a lot of self-help books, trained under some wonderful professionals, attended many mental health events, and networked daily. It was not an easy process, but because I loved what I was doing it was so fulfilling and worth the time and effort. -What are the lessons I’ve learned along the way? I have learned the importance of being present and creating opportunities for reflection. Life doesn’t always play out the way we desire, but challenges create opportunity. I make an effort to look for the messages in the mess, and I make a conscious choice to be the creator and not the victim of my life. Perspective is everything! -What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?I want people to know that in 2013 the American Bar Association defined Divorce Coaching as the fourth element of the divorce process. As a Certified Divorce Coach, Supreme Court Family Mediator, Certified Marital Mediator, and Write, I specialize in working alongside individuals or couples who are contemplating divorce and are fearful of high conflict and with those who hope to save their marriages.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Over the weekend we could stay at the One Hotel. The property is beautiful with the beach, pools, and bars. The gym is spectacular. We could eat at the hotel or try some of my favorite restaurants: Planta South Beach Pubbelly Sushi Juvia We could also walk along Lincoln Road. During the week I would want her to stay at my house since I work. She could do day visits to Key Largo, the Design District, Wynwood Walls, and the Perez Art Museum.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize my mentor, Merry Berger. She was one of my teachers when I was going through my certification program several years ago. She went above and beyond to not only teach me the skills necessary for being a Divorce Coach, she also shared invaluable lessons and constructive criticism. She taught me the value of asking open ending questions and of being proactive instead of reactive.