At Thrive Global, in honor of International Women’s Day, we’re inviting women business leaders to share how they Thrive. 

Thrive Global: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about prioritizing your health and well-being?

Jen Fisher: When we ignore our needs and allow ourselves to be depleted to the point of exhaustion, everybody loses. Our friends, our family, and our co-workers, don’t get the best of us. And neither do we.

TG: What’s the best advice that you would give women about preventing burnout?

JF: We are human beings, not human doings, not human chasings. It’s okay to not be everything to everyone AND it is okay to ask for help from others. We should celebrate that!

TG: What’s important in your life outside of work? What helps you thrive? With a demanding schedule, how do you make time for these important things?

JF: Sleep, exercise and time with family. I schedule them in my calendar and honor them like the are the most important meetings I have — because they are!

TG: How do you prioritize when you have an overwhelming amount to do?

JF: I bucket things into categories of “just get it done”, “take a deep breath and focus,” and, “Gonna need a cup of coffee and patience.” Then, I usually tackle a few things on the “just get it done list” — so I feel like I have accomplished something and that frees up my mind for focus and patience!

TG: When you notice you’re getting too stressed, what do you do to course correct?

JF: I step away from whatever is causing the stress, focus on something else, go for a walk, call a friend — then I revisit it once I have had a chance to clear my head. It’s not easy to do, but once you put it into practice you can more often than not use it as an opportunity for growth and self-awareness.

TG: How do you reframe negative thinking so you can feel “unstuck” and move forward?

JF: My favorite reframing is of the terminology “failing fast” — because who defines failure and why? Instead I like to call it learning fast!


  • Jen Fisher

    Human Sustainability Leader at Deloitte and Editor-at-Large, Human Sustainability at Thrive Global

    Jen Fisher is a leading voice on the intersection of work, well-being, and purpose. Her mission is to help leaders move from the legacy mindset that well-being is solely the responsibility of the individual to the forward-thinking idea of human sustainability, which supports the long-term, collective well-being of individuals, organizations, climate, and society.  

    She’s the co-author of the bestselling, award-winning book, Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines, the Human Sustainability Editor-at-Large for Thrive Global, and the host of the WorkWell podcast series.

    As the first chief well-being officer of a professional services organization, Jen built and led the creation and execution of a pioneering holistic and inclusive well-being strategy that has received recognition from leading business media brands and associations.

    Jen is a frequent writer on issues impacting the workplace today, including the importance of mental health and social connection to workforce resilience, happiness, and productivity. Her work has been featured in CNBC, CNN, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Harvard Business Review, among others.

    She’s a sought-after speaker and has been featured at events including TEDx, World Happiness Summit, Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Acumen Global Gathering, WorkHuman, The Atlantic Pursuit of Happiness event, and more. She’s also lectured at top universities across the country, including Harvard, Wake Forest, Duke, and George Mason.

    Jen is passionate about sharing her breast cancer and burnout recovery journeys to help others. She’s also a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, self-care champion, exercise fanatic, sleep advocate, and book nerd! Jen lives in Miami with her husband, Albert, and dog, Fiona.

    You can find her on LinkedIn or on Twitter and Instagram @JenFish23. You can also receive her personal insights and reflections by subscribing to her newsletter, "Thoughts on Being Well"