What is executive coaching?

In its most basic definition, executive coaching is a professional relationship between a trained coach and a client who work together to improve or develop the client’s leadership, ability to manage, professional performance and personal development.

Executive coaching is different than consulting or training. Instead of providing generic solutions, executive coaching supports you as you develop your own style and navigate your own path to success.

Who is executive coaching for?

Executive coaching is for anyone who is in a job or a career that requires self-leadership or the leadership of others. It is for anyone who wants to up level their effectiveness or fulfillment at work. It’s for managers, CEOs, attorneys, leaders in non-profits, business owners who want to manage their teams better, foundation presidents, team leaders and executives at every level.

Get clear.

Inspire vision.

Handle adversity with grit and grace.

Do the work you’re meant to do.


There are a few distinguishing characteristics that make executive coaching so effective for leaders of all kinds and that characterize my work.

  1. Get the FOCUS, STRUCTURE, & CLARITY you need in order to keep all your balls in the air and accomplish your personal and professional goals. As a coach, one of my jobs is to provide a structure which brings focus and clarity to your professional development. Beyond working through issues and building competencies during coaching sessions, you set goals, develop an action plan and then have the accountability you’ll need to follow through. I do not hold you accountable but I witnesses you being accountable to yourself. The structure of coaching helps you achieve measurable, concrete results as well as discover a deep sense of peace of well-being.
  2. Have a confidential sounding board. As your coach one of my primary roles is to listen to you and help you explore your own thoughts, assumptions, and biases. In coaching, you get a rare opportunity to be vulnerable and open with your thoughts. I call it having “behind the barn” conversations. The ability to do this drives powerful conversations and leads to clarity and the ability to act with integrity on a very high level.
  3. Commit. Coaching is one of the only leadership development activities that provides one-on-one support to leaders for months or years at a time. I very intentionally do not offer coaching packages that take less than six months to complete. Sustainable results happen over time, through dialog and shared trust. As your coach, I don’t want to jump in and give you a shot of inspiration or fleeting motivation. I want to be there to strategize with you and support you in changing old patterns and habits when things inevitably go sideways or plateau. Executive coaching cultivates sustainable change.
  4. Build leadership capacity. In executive coaching, I work with you, over time, to help you build whatever skills, behaviors, and mindset you need to be extraordinary in your role. We focus on how to access leadership state, hone your communication skills, inspire others, become emotionally supple and take care of yourself so you have more to give.
  5. Accelerate success. Coaching helps you get results fast. Whether you’re going through a challenging time in your career, transitioning into a new organization or role, bouncing back from a setback, wanting to fix things that aren’t working or ready to take your work to the next level, executive coaching can get you on a fast track to wherever you want to be.
  6. Embody innovation and collaboration. Being able to lead through change is vital for leaders in most industries. Coaching provides you with new perspectives and tools that you can use to increase your impact, motivate your team, develop your career and strengthen partnerships. By supporting you in operating at your full capacity both personally and professionally, coaching also helps you be happy!

I’ll partner with you to create whatever it is you want in your life and business.

To get started and find out more, apply for a free discovery call.

But don’t take my word for it…

  • I started coaching with Jen at a time that I needed to learn to live life radically different. My health was suffering, as well as my ability to be effective in all aspects of my life. Radically different includes putting myself first, letting go of thoughts and ideas that are holding me back, and being present in all aspects of my life. Jen’s ability to help me navigate the path to finding out what was holding me back made it possible for me to move on from a CEO position at a large company to starting and thriving in my own consulting business. I now contribute in life the way I truly want to. Jen, thank you so much for... Continue Reading

    Rebecca Schmidt
    CEO & Founder
    Integrative Financial Services

  • Jen is an incredible coach. Her coaching enabled me to identify and attain a top leadership position with the EPA. She has also facilitated new directions in my recreational endeavors, which strengthened valued relationships. Jen opened the door for my colleagues and I to find a way to balance and attain a variety of organizational and strategic goals. In my new leadership position at EPA Headquarters, I continue to seek her guidance in developing, communicating and implementing vision and direction for my team. Jen’s coaching creates clarity and structure for all types of visioning that results in a clear path forward. If you work with Jen, be prepared to attain your goals, both personal and professional! I identified and swiftly... Continue Reading

    Cyndy Mackey
    Director of Site Remediation Enforcement
    Environmental Protection Agency

  • Before coaching with Jen, I had been struggling to find a meaningful challenge in my career. Jen uses a systematic, energetic approach that REALLY works. She's a tough-love coach and she does not back down from hard conversations. She helped me discover that I had shut myself off to so many possibilities, simply because I didn't want to face the fact that I was in the wrong role at work and didn't know how to get out. Smash cut to two years later. I'm in a new role experiencing the kind of authentic success I hadn't thought possible. I've made huge athletic strides. I'm fitter and stronger now, at 40, than I was ten years ago. Most importantly, I am... Continue Reading

    Nick Nowicki
    Regional Operations Program Manager
    Microsoft Corp.

  • I was a hard sell. I had done "life coaching" before, as well as therapy and professional coaching, and generally always ended up stuck. I did not understand what Jen would offer that was different. But she suggested we start with a two-session series on core values and goal setting, and I began to understand how our conversations - and my own self-discovery - could become the foundation for much more. During subsequent sessions, she met me where I was at that day. If I needed to talk personal, we'd work through that. If I wanted to talk professional, that was the agenda. She has the wildly unique ability to toggle with ease between the personal and the professional. I... Continue Reading

    Molly Lawrence
    Van Ness Feldman GordonDerr

  • Working with Jen over the past three years has been instrumental in both my personal and professional success. Her keen eye and clear feedback has been invaluable in my professional role as a project manager for a multinational tech company. She has assisted me in evolving my career and navigating some very challenging circumstances. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

    Courtney Secor
    Senior Associate
    Revel Consulting/Microsoft

  • Coaching with Jen has been a game changer for me. It has helped me to advance my career and enjoy my personal life. Jen has given me the ability to enjoy and embrace my life in a way I have not been able to previously. When I started working with her, I was an anxious mess with so many life changes happening that I was not able to manage or fully embrace. While working with Jen, I went from always anxious to now, living more in the moment and enjoying my life. My career has flourished and my personal relationships have improved. I have learned to embrace each moment and appreciate the relationships around me. Coaching has positively impacted my... Continue Reading

    Tara de Nicolas
    Head of Field Events

  • My coaching with Jen has helped to bring focus to my short and long term goals and put in place definitive action plans towards achieving them. When I first started working with Jen I was feeling a bit scattered and stuck. I had worked with Jen in her workshops and talked to a number of people that had used her as a coach so decided to give coaching a try. It has helped me look at the relationships I have and realize where I was setting unrealistic expectations and figure out how I needed to handle those relationships. Jen is honest and forthright and doesn't let you get away with not being honest with yourself! I come away from each... Continue Reading

    Pam Knudsen Director of Compliance Services Avalara