Meet Jennie Sager, Country Manager for Australia! Read more to learn about her time at Nextdoor.
Why did you join Nextdoor?
Nextdoor’s purpose and mission really resonated with me because I’ve lived in many different cities around the globe and my local community has always been my lifeblood. I also love building companies and projects from the ground up and scaling them, and I was the first employee in the Asia Pacific! Plus, the chance to work with Nextdoor’s CEO was too good to pass up.
What has been one of your favorite projects to work on?
There’s been many over the years, but my most recent favorite is Nextdoor’s global podcast, Where Kindness Lives. It started just a few months ago with two microphones in my five year old’s bedroom, and has built a loyal listener base around the world! I love talking to inspiring celebrities, business leaders, authors, and more about how we can be kinder to ourselves and each other. If you’ve got guest ideas, send them our way!
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I’m an avid traveler, an adrenaline junkie, and a sports fanatic and can usually be found doing something that seems crazy but turns out okay most of the time (eg: skydiving over Rome, running several marathons, etc). I’ve been to nearly 100 countries, so I’m always looking for the next adventure. I also love baking and, of course, spending time with my husband and our three boys.
Most memorable moment at Nextdoor?
Being at the NYSE for our IPO and sharing that moment with some of my amazing colleagues from around the world. Even though I live in Australia now, NYC is and always will be my home so it was extra special.
Best career advice?
I think it’s a famous quote, but my Dad once said to me, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” It’s the simple way of saying you’ve got to make sure you’re always learning, feeling challenged, and evolving.
Where is your favorite place in the world?
This is way too hard! I’ve been to so many amazing places. I’ve traveled through nine countries in Africa and that continent as a whole holds a special place in my heart. But I also love the chaos of Central America and, of course, my hometown of NYC.
What is your favorite way to give back to your local community?
I am heavily involved in many community sports teams. I am an official for surf sports, a team manager for my son’s running team, and on the Board of one of the rugby clubs. In Australia, all sports for kids are community sports and these community clubs can’t survive without volunteers.