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067 Rediscovering the Humanity in Business – An Interview with Jennifer Fondrevay Part 2

In this episode, Christina Martini and Jennifer Fondrevay discuss: 

  • The importance of human capital challenges and considerations in today’s business world. 
  • The characters you may see during a post-deal landscape. 
  • Talking about the people from the due diligence phase, not late in the deal. 
  • Seeing the opportunity in change. 


Key Takeaways: 

  • Be open minded, have contingency plans, and be nimble in your interactions during inflection points. 
  • M&A transactions are an emotional process for everyone. 
  • Bring on a human capital advisor – someone who can advise as to the people challenges you are going to face during an M&A transaction. 
  • Know what you’re good at, how it contributes to the new vision, and make sure people know that. 


“When you are operating from a position of fear, people act differently.” —  Jennifer Fondrevay 


About Jennifer Fondrevay: Jennifer is the Founder of Day1 Ready™, an M&A deal consultancy that advises forward-thinking business leaders, owners and C-Suite executives on how to prepare for the human capital challenges of Mergers & Acquisitions. 


The “survivor” of three multi-billion-dollar acquisitions, Jennifer saw countless growth strategies fail due to a workforce that couldn’t pivot and adapt because they were not able to adapt as quickly as leadership anticipated. 


When her Harvard Business Review (HBR) article, After a Merger, Don’t Let “Us vs. Them” Thinking Ruin the Company went viral, Jennifer recognized the power and interest in a human-centric approach to business transformation, where employees are at the heart of the change, not on the sidelines. 


She shares her expertise as a contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Medium, Middle Market Growth, American Marketing Association and Thrive, and as a keynote speaker, most recently for Express Scripts leadership, who were acquired by Cigna for $64 billion in 2018. 


Her book, NOW WHAT? A survivor’s guide for navigating and thriving through acquisition, to be published in Oct. 2019, guides executives and middle managers through the transitions brought by M&A to find the opportunities in change and disruption.  

Connect with Jennifer Fondrevay: 



Book: Now What? A Survivors Guide for Navigating and Thriving Through Acquisition 

LinkedIn: Jennifer J. Fondrevay 



Connect with Christina Martini: 


Twitter: @TinaMartini10 


LinkedIn: Christina Martini 





Show notes by Podcastologist: Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie 


Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You’re the expert. Your podcast will prove it 


About the author, Christina Martini

For nearly 25 years, Christina (Tina) Martini has been an intellectual property attorney practicing in BigLaw. Tina is a partner at the law firm McDermott Will & Emery and focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, Internet, social media, advertising and unfair competition law.

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