Jen Laurence


Independent Agent


Bread-watching as meditation, how to buy your own island, or the time I survived a hold-up in Manila by pretending my pack of gum was a gun.


If you think environment has nothing to do with character, think again. Jen grew up on the coastal island of Bacacay in southeastern Luzon, where she awoke every morning to the awesome sight of Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines. She is herself an absolute fireball of energy, a quality that powered her through many successful years as a radio host, field reporter and voice talent for serialized dramas. Shifting her career to sales brought Jen one step closer to her ideal work life, but it wasn’t until her bold move to Japan and recruitment that she felt she had arrived in full. And who else but us could possibly accommodate an independent businesswoman with the power of magma in her blood? “The Agency has the culture I was looking for,” she says. “Brilliant, disciplined people who respect one another. It’s a place where I can be myself, enjoy my job, and live life to the fullest.” And how much fuller our lives are since Jen came aboard, bringing with her an endless supply of dynamism, grit and…call it sunshine, if you like. We just love how she lights things up.

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Values: A message to our awesome tribe

Years from now, you may not remember the particulars of deals you closed at Zensho (or what the returns were). You will remember your colleagues and how it felt to work with them. The imprint you left on the world.

We invited you to join our tribe because you impressed us as someone who shares values intrinsic to our culture. But just to ensure we’re totally on the same page, here they are, spelled out in black and white and trimmed in our corporate colors.

Freedom is Zensho’s central pillar. Beyond the mere state of being free, for us the word carries with it a sense of obligation: “Freedom to…” What follows should define you as a person. Of course, to provide your business community with amazing service, but also to engage and give back to the world. And that’s where Autonomy comes in. Unlike the general implications of self-rule, ours leads not to detachment but to a broad and radical sense of interconnectivity. One that enables each of us to commune with others in infinite ways. Together, these two values empower you like nothing else on earth, and they’re here waiting for you.

So, what do we ask in return?

Transparency means not only having open books, but being one yourself. No secrets or ulterior agendas. It is to share personal and industry information without seeking to leverage it for profit or motivate others in any way. Its cousin, Clarity, is about including precision and context in the communication process. At Zensho, we always try to anticipate the details a fellow partner might need and supply them up front.

Which leads us to…

Collaboration. That is, to cooperate meaningfully. Because only through recognizing individual strengths can we thrive as a whole. For us, collaboration requires presence as we listen and respond, evolving toward a collective goal represented by the name of our charity initiative: Ayni (reciprocity). This can’t exist without Collegiality. How we care for each other and the tribe as a whole, share both opportunity and responsibility with open hearts – that’s what empowers us to excel as a firm.

With these six in place, our seventh value happens all by itself.

Harmony. When your environment manifests balance between all people and things – even forces that oppose each other – life just flows. Living completely becomes a state of being. After all, that’s the very meaning of Zensho.