I worked with Jen in my capacity of overseeing HR at EB5 Capital for nearly three years, beginning in 2017. As our only dedicated HR resource, Jen was integral in helping us with various HR initiatives including implementing a performance management system and process, developing and delivering manager training, performance coaching, employee appreciation initiatives, revitalizing our hiring, onboarding, and termination processes, designing and launching various employee surveys, among her other day-to-day HR duties. These initiatives were all accomplished during a period when our diverse team grew by 75% and our business went through considerable growth and change. I would recommend Jen to any company leader in search of a seasoned HR executive with an incredible ability to plan, project manage, and execute high-level, strategic HR initiatives.
Jen has been a trusted advisor to us as we continue to grow our company and our people. She has provided meaningful impacts to our company from two initiatives. Jen planned and facilitated the development and rollout of our corporate core values which we have embraced as the foundation of our culture. In addition, Jen conducted a tailored workshop based on the results of behavioral assessments from our employees which highlighted our strengths and blind spots as a people-focused organization. All we had to do on both initiatives was provide her our high-level goals and she took it from there. Jen is super sharp, thoroughly prepared, a polished professional, and easy to work with. We will continue to partner with Jen as we grow.
With over 30 years of experience managing teams in small businesses, I originally did not see the "value add" in an outsourced HR professional. Looking back over 3 years later, that thought process showed by naiveté. Jen brought experience to our growing company and, more importantly, she brought empathy and compassion to everyone in our organization. She helped to "soften" a hard financial business and, although she was an outsourced resource, we came to value her as an integral voice in our senior leadership team. She even taught this "old dog" some new tricks! Hey Boston - you've got a new gem in your midst. Her name is Jen Paragas.
Jen's coaching sessions propelled me from a state of contemplation to action (Transtheoretical Change Model). She acted as a catalyst for me in moving forward, helping me to achieve my goals by shaping my ideas into a set of concrete, actionable steps toward my desired outcome. I particularly appreciated her approach to instilling a sense of accountability and commitment into the process. I would recommend Jen to anyone seeking to fully realize all that is possible within themselves.
Jen has partnered with our team to further develop and enhance our company culture. She facilitated a workshop to identify our Core Values and led a company-wide team building event focused on the adoption of those values. Both events were a huge success! We appreciate Jen’s depth of knowledge, professional demeanor, and warm personality; and we look forward working with Jen as we continue to grow.