The Permanency of Change: A Q&A with Entreprenuer Jen Groover

We were always told that the only thing that is permanent is change. And if you want change for the better, it may be a good idea to call in Jen Groover.

Groover is an author, innovator, and advocate who’s motivating people through her books, talks and inventions, including the world’s first compartmentalized handbag, the Butler Bag.

Her belief: “If you are going to complain about something you better be willing to do something to inspire change.”

Leading by example. Helping people attain their dreams. Promoting entrepreneurship.

No complaints here.

The NewsWhistle Q&A with Entrepreneur Jen Groover


Name: Jen Groover
Date of Interview: 10/8/2013
Current Residence: East Coast, USA
Occupation: Empowerment and Business Expert, Entrepreneur & Author

1. What’s the funniest or saddest thing that’s happened to you this week?

I tried to use a technology platform to host a live interview. However, the platform wasn’t working properly at the time. The interview had to be rescheduled because of it.

2. What’s your favorite movie? And why?

It’s a hard one, I can’t say I have a favorite. I love movies based on inspirational true stories about overcoming obstacles in life. For example, Rocky and Invincible are movies that I really enjoy.

3. What’s the biggest risk you took in life?

As an entrepreneur, I’m constantly facing risks. I would say starting the Butler Bag company was the biggest risk I took so far. I believe the bag was a great idea. I didn’t want to regret one day that I miss out on such an opportunity. I had more fear of regrets than failures which gave me the courage needed of launching the Butler Bag.

4. If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?

Nothing. I have no regrets! I believe I am who I am today because of my life experience and choices I made. To change something in the past would be changing who I am now. I am happy right now. I probably could’ve made better choices but I don’t regret my decisions.

5. Tell us your favorite joke:

One of Bob Newhart’s spoof about a woman whose fear in life were paralyzing her to actually enjoy it.

6. What’s something that most people don’t know about you?

I am secretly a very shy person. I have made a lot of effort to be an extrovert. I don’t have a problem speaking in front of a lot of people but I get really intimidated to speak with strangers in scenarios that I am not familiar with.

7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?

It’s from my Dad. He said “never say anything, just act of excellence, and others will never see you coming.” Instead of trying to say how smart and how capable you are, you will gain more respect by simply doing it.

8. Who’s your favorite celebrity? And why?

Bono, because he is a philanthropist. He uses his celebrity status to make positive impacts. Whether you would agree with his perspective or issues. He is still very admirable. He donates time and energy to make global changes. Not to mention he’s an amazing artist, too.

9. What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?

I always make a wish at 11:11 or 1:11, for greater chance of making wishes come true!

10. Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote or discuss?

I always want to empower and inspire people whenever I can through my speeches, books and my thoughts. In addition, I created this Empowered by Jen Groover Jewelry Collection that is the perfect gift choice for the coming holiday season. I believe the empowered jewelry carries much more meanings and has greater impacts than simply a piece of jewelry from department stores. Giving someone you love this jewelry will empower them all year long.

11. Oh, and a bonus curve question or two . . . As an entrepreneur what was the worst decision you ever made? How did you solve it?

When I was launching the Butler Bag line, my first shipment came with the wrong leather and I was not able to return it. However, I solved the problem by using the incorrect bags as sample bags in the stores that promoted and carried the Butler Bag.