About Jenny Blake

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HI, I’M JENNY!

Normally I would write in the third-person to tell you about how ahhh-mazing I am, and why super fancy people hire me for uber-awesome undertakings. But you know what?

Work schmerk. Let’s start with the fun stuff, shall we?

I’m a 32-year-old Silicon Valley bred career and business strategist living in the Big Apple; a world traveler not to be mistaken with a backpacker (as I most certainly cannot be relied upon to pack lightly); a yoga lover and gadget fanatic.

An eternal bookworm and quote junkie, I am always on the lookout for just the right book “prescription” for whatever might be standing in your way (or mine). When I’m not buried in a book, magazine, newspaper, moleskine notebook or gadget, you will find me walking through the streets of Manhattan with a rockin’ soundtrack playing, imagining I’m the lead in a movie called “New York City, Starring Jenny Blake.” I know . . . it’s ridiculous.

I love staying active—yoga, pilates, walking and dancing keep me grounded, strong, happy and sane—but not without an ulterior motive: to work off at least one delicious multi-course meal I delight in on weekends. Finally, I am a shamelessly gooey romantic—I love asking people how they met their significant other; watching their smile widen and their eyes sparkle as they tell their story. It is priceless…and contagious. Try this sometime. 

 

WHAT BRINGS ME ALIVE IN BUSINESS?

I am an international speaker, career and business strategist and executive coach with expertise on systems, efficiency and career fluidity in the rapidly-evolving knowledge economy. Formerly a Career Development Program Manager at Google (and author of the forthcoming book Pivot, and previously Life After College) I help leaders, employees and entrepreneurs achieve greater clarity, engagement, fulfillment and impact.

I advocate looking at career as a smart phone, not a ladder (dynamic, customizable to each individual) and help employees and entrepreneurs “pivot before they leap” by finding further growth within their company or existing assets to avoid feeling like their only option is to quit.

I am fiercely committed to helping people come alive through the pursuit of big ideas. My superpowers are helping to craft a compelling vision, collaboratively developing strategy and systems with clear measurable outcomes, and incorporating the latest tools and technology during the process of execution and feedback. All of this is delivered with a positive, encouraging outlook mixed with ninja-level organization and structure, and a healthy kick-in-the-butt accountability when needed.

I am also passionate about healthy living and eating, and love exploring systems at the intersection of mind, body and business.

My career thusfar includes:

  • A lifelong love of writing
  • Over a decade of web development
  • Two years at a start-up company
  • 5+ years at Google doing training, coaching and career development. During my time there I taught coaching best practices to Google executives all over the world as part of a global Career Guru program I helped create, later praised by CNNMoney in Google’s #2 Company to Work For acknowledgment.
  • A bestselling book Life After College (based on my blog of the same name)
  • Running my own location-independent small business since 2011 (you’re lookin’ at it!)
  • International keynotes and workshops at top companies and universities such as Google, Yale, Parsons, MIT, UCLA, TEDxCMU, Intuit, KPMG, Pimco and Best Buy
  • Active member of the Young Entrepreneur Council

In 2012, Target picked up 15,000 copies of my book for distribution across 1,700 stores, and it is now also distributed by Random House Korea and Japan. I’ve given keynotes at TEDxCMU, major universities such as Pratt and University of Calgary, and big companies like Google, Best Buy and PIMCO — encouraging people to ditch the rigidity of yesterday’s career ladder, instead treating their careers (and lives) as dynamic as the constantly customizable apps on a smart phone.

Every January (and sometimes February) I live abroad to experiment with running my business from anywhere–not just in theory, but in mosquito-ridden practice. I am happy to say that this practice has been a smashing success! There will certainly be more of this in my future, and I would love to help you find the same freedom in your own life and work, whatever your definition of that may be. 

 
Jenny makes jump starting your life seem not only easy but the only logical thing. Yes she is a great coach but it has to do more with who she is. Meeting her is enough to want more from your life, but working with Jenny literally puts you into action by default. It is not very often we meet people who have this amazing breathtaking energy about them. They just look at you and you feel stronger, better and freer to live the life you deserve. Jenny is one of those people.”
— Christina Rasmussen, Founder of Second Firsts

Professional Background

Coaching Background / Certifications:


Yoga Teaching Certifications:

  • I completed yoga teacher training in October 2010 through the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, and completed my certification in February 2012.
  • I completed Thai Yoga Massage training at The Sunshine School in Chiang Mai, Thailand in May 2012

For the personality test enthusiasts:

  • My StrengthsFinder strengths are Relator, Strategic, Learner, Achiever, Activator
  • I’m a Myers Briggs ENFJ, a True Colors blue/orange, and an enneagram 3 – Achiever
  • I’m a Libra (laid-back, fair and balanced) with Virgo rising (structure, systems and service) and a Scorpio moon (intense, loves research, more than meets the eye)
  • I’m the year of the pig, and my numerology “life path” is a 4 – a doer who thrives on structure, organization and getting things done.
  • My love language for giving is acts of service: I thrive when helping others. Because of this, my challenge is making sure I maintain my own center—a balancing act that I learn from daily.
  • My love language for receiving just so happens to be written affirmation, which means you should feel free to drop me a line any time 
“Jenny is a brilliant leader and an incredible soul with an undying faith in people. Outside of being a trusted friend and inspiring peer for years, Jenny helped me completely realign my business during tough times in 2012. Her guidance helped me return to my core values and resurrected my entire operation.”
— Dave Ursillo, Writer, Author and Founder of LiteratiWriters.com

Bio & Headshots

Read about my full background here, or see below for professional bios and headshots. Headshots are courtesy of Mark Hanauer.

PROFESSIONAL BIO

Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. She is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, September 2016), and Life After College (Running Press, 2011), which is based on her blog of the same name. With two years at a technology start-up as the first employee, five years at Google on the Training and Career Development teams, and over five years of running her own business, Jenny combines her love of technology with her superpower of simplifying complexity to help clients pivot their career or business.

Jenny created her first website, Life After College, in 2005, then released a book of the same name in 2011 that was featured in Target’s 2012 graduation display. She has been featured on Forbes.com, US News & World Report, Real Simple magazine, and has spoken at major universities and top companies such as Columbia, TEDxCMU, Yale, Parsons, MIT, UCLA, Google, Intuit, KPMG and Best Buy.

Today you can find her at JennyBlake.me, where she explores systems at the intersection of mind, body and business. Jenny is a yoga fanatic and avid book worm. Dogs, dancing, gadgets, writing, traveling, and long meals with friends all make her pretty happy too. Jenny is based in New York City, where she imagines she’s starring in a movie whenever she walks through its crowded streets. Subscribe to the Pivot Podcast and follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.

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SHORT THIRD-PERSON BIO

Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. Jenny is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, September 2016), and Life After College (Running Press, 2011), which is based on her blog of the same name. With two years at a technology start-up as the first employee, five years at Google on the Training and Career Development teams, and over five years of running her own business, Jenny combines her love of technology with her superpower of simplifying complexity to help clients through big transitions — often to pivot their career or business.

Today you can find her at JennyBlake.me, where she explores systems at the intersection of mind, body and business. Jenny is based in New York City, where she imagines she’s starring in a movie whenever she walks through its crowded streets. Subscribe to the Pivot Podcast and follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.

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SUPER SHORT BIO

Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. Jenny is the author of PIVOT: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One (Portfolio/Penguin Random House, September 2016), and Life After College (Running Press, 2011), which is based on her blog of the same name. Today you can find her at JennyBlake.me where she explores systems at the intersection of mind, body and business. Subscribe to the  Pivot Podcast and follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.

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Gratitude

I have known Jenny for many years, since back in her Google days when she was rocking the corporate coaching arena and writing her blog as a side hustle. Watching the amazing growth in her business makes me so happy, but I am not surprised. Jenny blends the very best of absolute integrity, unbridled joy, intelligence and heart in everything she does.”
— Pamela Slim, Business Coach and Author, Escape from Cubicle Nation
Jenny is one of those awe-inducing women who not only manages to inspire you with her accomplishments (like her business! and her book! and her hot yoga bod!), but also makes you believe you can do it too. She’s whip smart, full of authentic warmth and an incredibly talented teacher, mentor and coach. I’m grateful she’s in my life.
— Molly Mahar, Founder of Stratejoy
Jenny has a sense of peace and ease about her that allows her to really listen and hear both what is said and what isn’t said. This combination is extremely critical when you’re seeking a sounding board, an insightful perspective, and advice that is spot-on and illuminates the blind spots you can’t see, but need to!
— Jacquette M. Timmons, financial coach + strategist, author of Financial Intimacy
Jenny is a rare mix of vision and practicality. She takes the overwhelm out of life and has helped me see how to run my business in a way that works for me, and where I still feel inspired by it. She gets the ‘balance’ myth and puts ease, fun, and productivity at the center of everything she does.
— Ishita Gupta, Founder Fear.less Magazine