Jennifer

Jennifer Joy Pawlitschek is a neuroscience-based STEM leadership coach, with a passion for empowering women and diverse professionals to rise in their careers to become impactful leaders and innovators. She brings over a decade of experience in assessing and training high potential professionals in leadership and communications. She prioritizes DEI in her work and is an always-learning ally. Also a theatre artist, her work as a coach is informed by the high-performance communication and innovation principles arising out of improv.

Values

*Evidence-Based Techniques

Neuroscience-based coaching is evidence-based, and it works. As a certified neuroscience-based coach, some of Jennifer’s proven techniques include leveraging the brain’s love of repetition to build powerful habits, and working with the limbic system to calm down stress triggers, which improves performance – especially in presentations!

*Positive Psychology

Focusing on our strengths and achievements lays the foundation for even greater achievements and skills development. Jennifer leverages the tools of the PQ program to help clients rewire their brains towards greater happiness, resilience, and innovativeness. These tools include short, intermittent mindfulness exercises that strengthen the parts of the brain responsible for empathy, creativity, and clear, focused action. 

*​​Every Client’s Innate Wisdom

 Jennifer’s strategies are designed to create a space where clients can discover their own answers. She is not focused o telling her clients what to do; rather, she supports clients in overcoming anything that is holding them back.

 Challenging decisions, such as, “How should I manage my team?” “How do I move forward on this project?” and even “Where do I want to go with my career?” may have multiple, contradictory answers. Jennifer’s techniques help clients stay with those contradictions until the inner conflict and confusion resolves and their own best answers emerge.

*Diversity and Inclusion

We should all be able to bring our whole selves to work. Jennifer’s background in DEI – and as a lesbian – has ignited a passion in her for seeing other women, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC people thrive. She is able to be not only empathetic towards her clients, but is also able to act as a thinking partner as they face down the additional obstacles they so often face.

*Tailored Training 

Where training is called for, Jennifer tailors each offering to the client or clients. 

Technical professionals usually don’t get training in the leadership and communications skills they need to rise in their careers. Jennifer’s  background in assessing and training leaders means that she can help her clients accurately assess their own leadership and communication skills and gaps, and then identify and incorporate appropriate strategies and skills. These might include identifying and matching diverse work styles and motivations, improving communication skills, and building rapport and relationships across differences.

*Innovation

The frontiers of STEM are about innovation, and Improv is the ultimate high-wire act of innovation practice. The basic rule of Improv, “Say yes, and…” helps Jennifer’s clients move out of habitual thinking and unleashes their creativity and innovation. 

Every client is unique, and Jennifer adjusts the techniques and style she uses to meet them where they are. 

Clients who work with Jennifer:

  • Break through to greater insights on their projects, for their teams, and in their careers
  • Establish life-changing habits that help them be more effective on the job – and off
  • Discover and develop the powerful leader they already are
  • Find more boldness and confidence in their innovation practices
  • Increase their understanding of emotional intelligence
  • Improve their communication with teams, peers, and managers
  • Develop better work-life balance

Featured in the New York Times and on Voice of America radio for her expertise, she has worked in many sectors, including corporate, legal, science/technology, government and not-for-profit.

Jennifer has worked with (a partial list):

Ass’n of Environmental Sciences and Studies Ardour Capital Investments
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Bloomberg
Citibank L’Oreal
Red Scout PwC
KPMG Sogetti, USA
New York Public Library NY State Office of the Comptroller
United Nations South Korean Diplomatic Corps
Alix Partners National Council of Community Justice
Avvanta HBO

Jennifer has taught at Long Beach City College, Pace University and City University of New York. In her one-on-one coaching, she has served individual clients from around the world working both in-person and via videoconferencing.

Jennifer is also a public speaker and performer. She has given her talks, such as The History of Women in Science, at colleges and universities, and performed her science-themed standup and solo shows at colleges, universities, theatres and comedy clubs around the country.

Jennifer Joy Pawlitschek is also a writer/performer. Hailed by NYC critics as “brilliant,” she combines STEM themes into her plays and performances. She holds a MFA in Drama from UC Irvine. For more on Jennifer’s art, see https://jenniferjoyonline.com/.

Jennifer can be reached via email here.