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From Mentorship to Motherhood With Jennifer Gibson

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For Mann and Hummel’s Key Account Manager for O’Reilly Auto Parts Jennifer Gibson, life is about balance. Balance between two different companies, and balance between work and home. Now, after being with her company for more than 16 years, she is helping usher in a new generation of female leadership in what she acknowledges is a male-dominated industry.

“I am in the early stages of being a mentor to other young women in my company, and I want to make sure I give them the opportunity to grow and give them the best advice possible. And, I realize as a mentor that I’m paving the way now,” Gibson said.

The mother of four children has celebrated her career successes, while also prioritizing family milestones.

“The biggest legacy I will leave behind are my children,” Gibson said. “I’ve made it very clear to them that my family comes first in life. And, fortunately, they’ve always supported that. You’ve got to find a company that supports family and allows you to be there on those important times or important events within your family.” 

Gibson also reveals some of her keys to success and keeping a positive relationship between the company she works with and the one she works alongside.

“Communication is key, and [in] any relationship that you have, it doesn’t matter if it’s with your spouse or with your boss or with your customer or your key contact person, communication is key. And, the way you communicate is even more important,” Gibson affirmed.

Episode Overview

  • When Gibson’s passion for the automotive industry began (0:46);
  • Paving the way for the next generation of women in the aftermarket (2:15);
  • Discussing the process and value of mentorship (4:10);
  • Gibson discusses the importance of parenthood in her life (5:35);
  • Knowing when. you’ve found a work/family life balance (6:20);
  • Maintaining balance between two companies (8:15);
  • What Gibson would like to see in the future of the aftermarket for women (11:39).

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