“Is feminism dead?” we asked
yesterday. “And is the media perpetuating jobs for the boys?” Maybe.
But it’s also reassuring to see good old fashioned nepotism alive and
well in Australian business.

Jordana Jensen is a high-flying
Melbourne career woman who, at 29, has snagged the plum job as
marketing director at Village Cinemas. And on Saturday, her smiling
face appeared on the front of The Age’s My Career section,
where readers were treated to a run-down on her success at the company
she joined direct from Uni. We’ll skip straight to the paper’s
illuminating Q&A session with Jensen:

Q: How long with Village?
A: Since 1997, when I landed the job as marketing executive for Warner Village Cinemas Italia. I lived in Rome in 1997 and 1998.

Q: How did that come about?
I’d been to Italy on an exchange trip when I was at school. I had a
great Italian teacher and my passion for the language and culture
stayed with me. During school and university holidays, I worked for
Village, so when the opportunity presented itself to work in our joint
venture in Italy, I naturally jumped at it.

Q: Have you reached the top with Village?
I wouldn’t say so – there are so many opportunities within the wide
Village Roadshow group – it is an exciting company to be a part of,
particularly given its Australian background and global presence…etc.

It’s a story sure to hearten the thousands of kids who have ever worked
shifts at the movies to pay their uni fees. Maybe there’s a career
beyond the box office or behind the popcorn counter after all?
Certainly, Jordana’s enjoying quite a career path, and a soaring
ambition to get right to the top of the Village tree.

And why
not? Because Jordana has some special qualifications that might give
her a leg-up at Village, and which she didn’t share with the readers.
Before she married she was known around town as Jordana Kirby –
daughter of John Kirby, Chairman of Village Roadshow.

While it would have been nice for her to mention the filial relationship to The Age, why spoil a good yarn? Yep, it’s a man’s world. But so much easier when daddy runs the company. Check out the interview here.

Peter Fray

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