The youngest director at one of the largest pediatric hematology centers in the world— Jenny has dedicated her time to working with immunocompromised children at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Name: Jenny Despotovic
Job: Pediatric Hematologist; Director, Texas Children's Hematology Center
Where I Live: Houston, TX
Women Are Extraordinary Because: Women tend to be exceptionally good at multitasking, Most women are juggling a ton of things! From managing homes (an enormous mental load!), taking care of children, and maintaining their best performance at work or other endeavors. Also, I find women are generally really great at leaning on others and getting help from their tribe when things seem overwhelming. I am fortunate to have a circle of close friends who are successfully juggling all these things, and we all help each other out when the balance isn't quite right.
Most Touching Moment From The Past Year: My husband and I were both affected with COVID-19 in early March, when everyone was trying to figure out how to handle the virus. I have two young children, and I needed to get them out of the house immediately to prevent them from being infected. Help came pouring out to us from near and far. A close friend took my children to be tested, and then drove them to my family member, who kept them for two weeks having to miss work to do that. We had food delivered almost every day, calls to check in on us, and I had coverage at work every day. I was incredibly touched and feel blessed to have all the support we have.
Biggest Takeaway From The Past Year: Even when this country seems so deeply and painfully divided, I have found that most people want the same things. Most people are good and want to help others. That has been the brightest light in a dark year, watching people come together (with social distancing) to help people out as they navigate an unprecedented set of circumstances.
Advice To All Women: Fight for your dreams! In the past, I struggled with self-confidence. I had dreams and aspirations but didn't have the confidence to go after them. I decided to "fake it till I make it". I decided to project confidence even when I didn't feel it, and to smile, and dive into any challenge, even when I felt I wasn't capable. Soon, I realized I was capable of far more, and the confidence then came naturally. Don't let anything hold you back!
The Best Thing About Being A Woman: Power!! Imagine a world without women! Women are capable of bringing children into the world, leading people toward common goals, running companies, developing new and innovative products, the list is endless. I would encourage every woman to recognize and harness their power toward whatever they dream to do.