After working with 1,000+ women around the globe, I’ve seen some clear patterns emerge.

And it’s fascinating how these “scripts” seem to take hold no matter what our culture, socioeconomic status or education level. Perhaps they are part biology, part culture. No matter what the source, they ultimately chip away at our power, and stand in the way of us really owning who we are. They diminish our resilience. And they are the reason I created a program focused on coaching for female founders and executives.

Most of the women I’ve worked with share a familiar story with my own: We are relentlessly hard on ourselves, often trying to get it “right,” or “perfect.” We feel an overwhelming need to deliver, and want that gold star for a job well done. Or some variation of the theme that we must prove ourselves just as worthy, that we can compete, we can do our jobs well, and create companies that thrive. And we torture ourselves in the process.

But what if it didn’t need to look that way?

I find these scripts so powerful and compelling that I’ve devoted my life’s work to transforming them. I’m creating a different level of empowerment for women — that is self-generated, self-sustaining, and infinitely renewable. I call it Self-Directed Empowerment™. It is the key to becoming so resilient, you can stand strong in the face of anything that crosses your path. Anything.

As it’s my mission to have as many humans on Planet Earth understand this methodology, my work takes me around the world speaking to groups of women and the men who support them, including the exciting projects below.

  • Featured speaker and expert in women’s entrepreneurship for US State Department, with tours of Nepal and India
  • 6-time speaker at Harvard for the Women in Business undergraduate program
  • Founder of IMPERIA™, a global innovation incubator for women

I come with good news! While much of the time our responses and behaviors are due to the cues around us, no matter what our culture, education level or economic upbringing, we are our own biggest obstacle. That means we can do something about it.

My private, one-on-one coaching is focused on your performance and growth, building your resilience and acumen in addressing everything from infrastructure development to performance training and the art of delegation. Also, you remember that thing called life? We make sure you carve out room for that as well. As someone who experienced complete entrepreneurial burnout in my mid-30s, I want to prevent that for as many women as possible.

After 20 years (and then a little more) in the world of startups, new and growing ventures, I have first-hand expertise in what is required for an entrepreneur to go from a great concept to actually opening the doors to the new enterprise – and then having the company grow up to sustain that vision.

As a leader, I’ve built successful teams for my own companies and others, with results that are groundbreaking both personally for the team members and for the companies as a whole. Most importantly, I understand how different the road is for women in this sphere of business, and it’s my goal to have you be a resilient, unshakeable leader. A true badass.

What does the coaching program look like?

My coaching for female founders and executives is an intensive process that examines the scripts running in your every day existence so we can dismantle them. We set stretch goals for your business and leadership development, and through the execution of those plans, we create new dynamics that develop you as your own source of empowerment, every single day. We build your muscles of confidence, resilience and problem-solving. Of communication. Of advocating for yourself. Over the course of 3-6 months together, we will transform your relationship to yourself, and where your power comes from.

My clients have included:

  • Female executives at companies ranging from 50 employees to the Fortune 100
  • Female founders at all levels, from early-state startup to Forbes 30 Under 30 venture competition winner
  • Small business owners in fashion design, digital media, music and health fields

Here’s how it works:

  • Prior to our first call, I’ll have you do a pre-recorded exercise that serves as a “brain dump” of big-picture questions about life and work. You’ll also look at common pain points and stumbling blocks.
  • On our first call, we’ll review the answers from that exercise, and begin to build a game plan that maps out your next year of milestones, with a focus on the next 90 days.
  • We then meet once a week by phone for 60 minutes to work the plan. In this way, we focus on real-time results and deliver on your goals. Every exercise you do as “homework” throughout the week is delivering on the goal, so it doesn’t require extra time outside your schedule — it is meant to seamlessly fit into your work life
My first venture-backed startup failed when I was in my early twenties, and I was at what is most likely the lowest point in my life. It was during that time that one of my mentors referred me to Jennifer who helped me work through everything that went wrong, and provide support and guidance as I've gone on to build two profitable companies, and co-found a third startup that won the $500K Forbes 30 Under 30 Change the World Competition, and the $1M WeWork Creator Awards Global Finals. When I look to strong women who can help guide me as I grow in my career, Jennifer is at the top of the list.

- Chloé Alpert, CEO, Medinas

I take on a very limited number of coaching clients each year. I also offer, on occasion, scholarships (reduced rates) for early-stage founders. Please contact me for details.