Talented, energetic and mission oriented women from a range of organizations participate in Emerging Women Leaders. Here's what they had to say about their EWL experiences:
"Being a part of EWL was an invaluable experience at a critical time in my career. Jen has real gift for coaching; she asked me the right questions and gave me the tools to make and own my decisions. I hope to continue strategizing and supporting the women from the circle over the course of our careers."
- Lauren Antelo, Federal, Project Officer, US Department of Health and Human Services (EWL Cohort 3)
"EWL is one of the best investments you can make in yourself and your life. The progress that I’ve made, in creating a life that more fully embodies my deepest desires and vales, has been significant and meaningful. Through my EWL experience, I have tackled personal challenges (such as quitting smoking) that I never thought I could overcome. The group challenges you live out your values, tackle obstacles, and build new habits through a deeply supportive circle of accountability. This is an experience that I will look back on over the years and realize that it was a turning point for me in becoming a strong, focused woman."
- Amy Haynes, Program & Community Outreach Manager, Ezra Multi-Service Center, Chicago, IL (EWL Cohort 2)
I had the pleasure of working with Jenn on her six month coaching program, Emerging Women Leaders. This structured coaching circle has brought a number of definable positive results into my personal and professional life. It has given me the tools to articulate my own values, my own mission and both my short and long term goals. Being able to articulate these things has given me the power to give a clearer representation of who I am, what I have to offer, and what I want.
Ann Hamilton, PHR, Benefits and Wellness Coordinator, Ashevelle, NC (EWL Cohort 2)
"I can't speak highly enough about the impact EWL has had on me. The coaching circle component provided each member with a judgment-free forum and sounding board for discussing every kind of personal and professional issue, and will continue long after our graduation! Jen's powerful questions during our one-on-one sessions led me to discover new ways to make changes in every facet of my life. As a result, I've deepened relationships and connections with others, uncovered what truly motivates me in my career, and have made little changes here and there that have shifted my daily life. I'm clearer about my values and what makes me feel and become my best self. I am so grateful to have stumbled across the EWL program and to get to work with Jen!"
- Elizabeth, Presidential Management Fellow, (EWL Cohort 3)
"The Emerging Women Leaders circle was incredible. I felt (and still feel) honored to have shared such a powerful space with other women in a similar life phase as me, and doing so many amazing things around the country. We really learned by challenging each other and considering each others questions. Jen found me a perfect buddy match and we're going to continue our supportive relationship. I know that I will continue using the lessons I learned from both the circle and one-on-one coaching as I consider my next career steps and for many transitions to come."
- Nichole, Non Profit Professional, Chicago, IL (EWL Cohort 1)
"The EWL group introduced me to insightful, accomplished women with diverse educational and professional experiences and accomplishments. It helped me see myself, my career, and my choices from a variety of perspectives, and exposed me to management concepts and strategies that I was completely unfamiliar with. I came away from the group more confident in my strengths, with a better understanding of my goals and priorities for the near future."
- Emily, Lawyer (EWL Cohort 3), Alexandria, VA
Jennifer is a fantastic and dedicated coach with extensive experience in and expert guidance on nonprofit management. She goes above and beyond in working with each of her clients and meets you exactly where you are with a wealth of resources and support. My life satisfaction, career, job performance and well-being have all been strengthened through participating in Jen's Emerging Women Leaders course.
Sara Abelson, Program Director at Active Minds, Washington DC/Chicago, IL (EWL Cohort 2)
"Jen Roberts is an intuitive and empathetic coach. When I initially signed up, I thought career coaching was only about advancement and strategy. Participating in Emerging Women Leaders was a lot more than that. Working with Jen, you learn how to put your whole self into the life coaching and to not fully compartmentalize your life. Moving to a new city, I figured out ways that building a community of friends was similar to my challenge of building a team at my new job. In one-on-one sessions, Jen had a real gift of stripping an issue down and getting to the heart of the matter. When I sent a long plan about finding my social media voice, she wondered if I had not launched myself yet. It was an insightful question. She has a way to be supportive but also to push you to get unstuck. She's got the pragmatism of a project manager, the facilitating skills of a good teacher and the heart and commitment of a thoughtful citizen. I know that sounds grand, but it's true. I felt like she could relate to all the different priorities in my life. I'm glad that I chanced upon Emerging Women Leaders, and I'm excited to see how I'll continue to use the techniques I learned there."
-Shazia, Radio & Multimedia Journalist , New York (EWL Cohort 1)
Emerging Women Leaders was a fantastic experience for me. Jen is incredible in tapping into what is really going on inside a person, under all the dust and rubble that piles up over the years. The way the whole model is set up in fantastic. The slow progress on understanding your goals and aspirations really brings out things about yourself that you might have not known or realized. And the fantastic group of ladies that you interact with every week, help you work through the new realizations. Its incredible how I had never met any of the women in my group until after our session was over, but trusted them with so many feelings that I couldn't share with others. I highly recommend it for any woman!
Alumna, International Development & Event Planning, Washington, DC (EWL Cohort 3)