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Sep 2, 2022

Tightly gripping the black concert folder, I see a sea of nearly 3000 faces surrounded by red velvet and cream plaster. My breath catches: I’m about to sing on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Five different levels of balconies and boxes held an audience eager for a moving performance. A hundred vocalists on the risers […]

Aug 15, 2022

Three cousins walk into a bar.An illustration on conflict. A fireball on ice, cucumber soda, silver martini, and sampler app ordered at the counter, the group grabs a table, plunks down their white table number down, and start catching up. After 20 minutes of laughing and talking, they notice their appetizer has not arrived. Silver […]

Aug 8, 2022

You’re pool-side, slathering sunscreen on a kid who just wants to get into the water, and that slack ping on your phone tickles your ears. Resentment, guilt, insecurity all flood your chest. What should you do? Here’s the goal: Stop shoulding on yourself. So I’m not gonna tell you what you should do. But I […]

Aug 1, 2022

I love looking to the future. I am always thinking about what’s next, how to make things better, what new ideas are around, what can I do, and dream to make life better for me, my family, my clients, and the world around me. Turning to a fresh page in my iris-leather planner, inkjoy pen […]

May 20, 2022

Hi, I’m Jenn, and I’m a recovering conflict avoider…who now helps people solve conflict.  Raise your hand if you would like to run the other way when there’s conflict. Or maybe you’re the one who goes into solution-mode and policies. Possibly you are the one ready to fight?? For most of us, the idea that […]

May 7, 2022

I saw a room full of knitted brows, tightened shoulders, wringing hands, and twitchy eyes. I stood in the front of this church fellowship hall and felt the burden of division and pain. In the context of two years of so much grief, I knew this workshop on the topic of differences and conflict would […]

Mar 22, 2022

Standing in the front, what do you experience? Sweaty palms? Shallow breath? Excited butterflies?   Undergrads in a intro to comms class, mid-level managers in a status meeting, to experienced speakers on the stage… We all have to stand in front at some point. Our self-awareness through the Enneagram is the superpower. We can lean into […]

Mar 7, 2022

My heart started racing and my eyes grew larger as the organizers of my TEDx event told us they had to cancel the full event and create a hybrid event. No longer was the full event in person, and the speakers would have to come to Canada to record two weeks before. When’s the last […]

Sep 3, 2021

The Enneagram and connection can save you millions of dollars. (Yes, MILLIONS) Forbes used data from Achievers showing each disengaged employee costs a company 34% of their salary. That’s a $13,600 cost for the median $40K  salary. Ouch! So what can you do? How do you engage employees? Create a culture of honoring and respecting […]

Aug 27, 2021

Who’s holding the director’s mic inside your head?  Do they deserve it? A few months ago I realized I’d been hiding. I’ve had some old stories from an abusive leader running the show in the back of my mind. (Have you done that? Regina George from high school is still telling you no one likes […]

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