I have worked with Jenna since 2005. She facilitates team discussions with firmness and flexibility, supporting the team´s effectiveness and, more importantly, its sense of cohesion and emotional commitment to each other. As a coach, she combines a brilliant mind with a kind heart. Every time I have heard a client speak about her it has been with the highest praise. She is one of the best coach/consultants I know.” – Fred Kofman, founder of Axialent and author of Conscious Business: Building Value through Values
“As the facilitator of our Staff Summit, Jenna helped us to integrate and align as team. Her style is graceful, effective, and to the point, and as a result whole new pathways of productivity, creativity and innovation opened up to us. As a coach, she is masterful. A real ninja.” – Baron Baptiste, Baptiste Yoga Institute
“Jenna is one of the most intelligent and powerful facilitators I’ve worked with. We are having all Breitlings go through her course, The Human Dimension of Business. The content is meaningful, gets the tough stuff on the table, and creates a collective sigh of relief as people realize they can be totally honest and totally kind at the same time. To align one’s values with one’s words is priceless, and it’s helping Breitlings by the day.” – Durand Duin, Director of Learning, Eventbrite.
“Jenna is an incredibly warm, thoughtful, compassionate leader who can at once activate and listen to a group. She is an expert at facilitating group discussions, and she does so with an easy-going communication style that makes everyone feel relaxed. She was able to establish instant trust with our team, and created a forum where co-workers felt comfortable sharing intimate thoughts and feelings with each other. She is able to ask evocative questions and get the group talking and sharing. What impressed me most about Jenna was her ability to listen. She responded so compassionately that you felt she deeply understood you. Meanwhile she accomplished this all over video conference! With regard to the Conscious Business curriculum, Jenna is an expert on the principles and tactics, and helped our team work through examples of how we could apply them to our daily work life in order to create a more safe and productive work environment. I could not be more of an advocate for bringing Conscious Business into the workplace with Jenna as your leader.” – Danny Hartman, Senior Sales Manager, LinkedIn
“Calm, curious, warm, fiery, patient, present, and a little mischievous are all words I’d use to describe Jenna as a facilitator and coach. I’ve seen her create and hold a comfortable space for 30-40 people to expand their knowledge and energy, and seen her quietly acknowledge someone one-on-one for their most authentic self. As a speaker/ facilitator, you’ll find her to be funny, engaging, powerful, and confident. Her background is so varied and interesting, audiences can’t help but be drawn in to see her as an expert. As a coach, you’ll find her to be present, nonjudgmental, interested, intuitive, challenging, and like a guide that helps you find the path for yourself. I always get the idea that she knows where I’m going before I do, and it’s easy to trust her lead.” – Bob Kinneson, Designer, Apple
“This training helped me get unstuck and out of a rut I didn’t even know I was in. Jenna is a great presenter and session leader. I appreciate the way she mixes her personal experience with the latest research. I will repeat the course every year it is offered.” – Participant, New York, NY.
“I’ve made significant changes since taking the workshop last fall. The tribe system made all the difference. Though it is no long a requirement, we’ve kept our original triad going, and continue to inspire and support each other.” – Participant, New York, NY
“This is easily the highest feedback we’ve received for any workshop we ever offered.” – Human Resources Vice President, New York, NY
“I’ve been fortunate to work with excellent facilitators, Jenna Buffaloe is among the very best. She is uniquely effective because she has a keen sense of group dynamics and a natural style that helps her navigate and lead the group without intruding on it. She enjoys her work and focuses on a few key results. Her style is non-critical – she is positive, encouraging and authentic – yet direct. Her naturally warm disposition radiates through all of her interactions and sets a comfortable tone for all. She is skilled in keeping the group on task while allowing them progress on their own. She inserts herself sparingly as she introduces concepts and tools in a simple, direct manor. Her focus is squarely on the job to be done and she has no interest in distracting from that work. The result is the group focuses on the tasks and process at hand, not on the facilitator. Jenna is a high impact player who provides a comfortable tone and a safe environment for participants to see and address issues, encouraging each to take the initiative to grow through them.” – Robert Grubb, CEO, Alliant National Title Insurance Company, Inc.
I underestimated the importance of the ‘human dimension’ in our team dynamics. I thought that because no one hated each other, we were doing fine. It turns out that we were not listening to each other very well, and there was a lot of buried resentment. Uncovering that, and having Jenna as a guide to discuss what was happening, we came to a place of real understanding. The difference since then – both in what we are getting done together and also how we all feel coming to work – is remarkable. – Jorge P., Microsoft, Redmond, WA
“Jenna has affected the culture of the entire sales force here. Now that multiple teams have worked with her, we can use short cuts with each other. The standard is clear: petty ego games are a waste of time. Part of our jobs is showing up as our best selves, and bringing out that best self in others.” – Martina R., Google, Mountain View, CA
“Jenna, I really appreciate all your help. The team loved the session and thinks you are terrific, as do I! Our sessions have made such a difference to all of us.” – Juliana B., Microsoft, Redmond, WA
“Thank you for giving of yourself so fully to us in July. This year has been full of growth, transition and creation in my life. I felt a profound shift after our Staff Summit and I have YOU to thank for that. Thank you for your generosity, your kindness and being a stand for us as a Staff at BPYI. Thank you the growth you showed me is possible and seeing something in me that I don’t always see myself. I am very grateful for you.”– Betty Morin, Programs Coordinator, BPYI
“Thanks again for a really amazing couple of days. The future is uncertain for us, but I believe everyone walked away with a new perspective, renewed appreciation for each other and some new skills. You did an amazing job facilitating – keeping everyone focused and consistently engaged with one another and keeping the session productive. Not easy!! I hope our paths cross again.” – Kim M., Yahoo! London, England
“Jenna’s message was both very timely and delivered in a highly impactful way for our organization. Her examples helped bring her message to life and she had the entire audience captivated. This presenter is highly recommended.” – Peter Borozan. Vice President - Nestle Pizza
“Jenna was on a panel at the Wisdom 2.0 Business Conference in May of 2012, where she revealed herself as one of the the coolest, clearest, most compassionate, insightful, and just overall kick ass people I know. I am honored to have her as a friend, and have valued her counsel, coaching, and support for many years. If you get a chance to work with her, you are tremendously fortunate.” – Soren Gordhamer, founder, Wisdom 2.0 Conference
“Just wanted to tell you that it was a beautiful talk you gave. For me it was another example of your ability to exhibit intimacy at scale. What I love is your ability to be extremely real even when you are speaking to 500 people. And when you speak, people don’t just leave inspired, they are also propelled into action. From my perspective this combination of relatable authenticity with inspiring to action is what sets you apart. While I enjoy people who can speak or run workshops in an inspiring manner, what I value more is someone who inspires me to go from stuck to unstuck, or from good to great simply because I take action.” – Prakash Venkataraman, LinkedIn
“Jenna is truly a gift. Her wisdom, humor, sparkling intelligence and big kind heart produce the most profound kind of coaching: insightful, precise, practical and immediately actionable. I couldn’t recommend her more for anyone looking to accelerate their progress and maximize their potential as a leader, team member or human being.” – Jared Krause, CEO, Trade-ya.com.
“I worked with Jenna as part of a high-potential future leader program and she was incredibly helpful. Jenna focused a lot on goal setting and provided me with some good tools/concepts to help me think beyond today and tomorrow – to really look into the future. I’d highly recommend Jenna for anyone who is interested in kick starting their career planning.” – Marc Monday, Senior Director, Sales & Business Management, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
“Jenna is aces. As a coach, she brings out the best in people by helping them tap in to their core strengths and talents. She listens deeply and generously, builds a bond of comfort and trust, and fosters a lively and productive conversation that helps us to connect with the best that’s in us. She brings a positive spirit to every coaching encounter, helping us to discover — and take — practical steps to improve the quality of our lives. She couples all this with a terrific sense of humor and an upbeat outlook that leaves us revitalized, refreshed and raring to get back in the game.” – Phil Quigley, former Head, Learning & Development, Yahoo! Software Development, India
“Jenna opened my eyes to how out of balance my life had become. With her help I came to feel inspired about the challenge ahead of me. Now I see that for all of us, the future is still a blank canvas and it’s our actions today, in this moment, that will create the future we desire. I am in the process now of making changes that I know will lead to a sustainable and passionate life and work. Jenna brought me inspiration when I really needed it.” – Christie O’Connor, senior accountant, Crowe Horwath LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana
“Jenna is one of the most giving, kind, and open coaches I know, and that’s on top of the super smart, funny and amazing stuff. She brings wisdom, pragmatism, and loving kindness to all her interactions. It has been a joy to work with her.” – Michael Kong, General Manager at Adaptra, Sydney, AU
“I have just finishing a four month intensive coaching experience with Jenna, and I am truly grateful of the expert feedback received from her. My major learning from our time together: The WAY you say something is far more important than WHAT you say. I joke to my team that I am now the Dalai Lama of finance. That is probably overstating it, but I do feel that I come to work relaxed, passionate, and focused on getting things done harmoniously. I am much more relaxed and trusting about the future. The priority is getting my own self in order, showing up in the most positive way I can, and I trust that the rest will unfold as it needs to. I get comments all the time on the change in myself (including from my wife and 13 year old daughter). I greatly appreciate the work that I did with Jenna.” – Marc R., Finance Director, Microsoft, Redmond, WA
“As a client of Jenna’s for three years, she has helped me to identify and become the person I want to be in a work environment. She’s shown me that I don’t have to compromise who I am in order to be successful, and given me the tools to negotiate difficult situations and conversations with integrity. As a result, I am much more confident in the workplace, and further along professionally.” – L. M., Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
“Jenna, I want to thank you for all of your help these past few months. I would not have reached this point without your valuable advice and guidance. You mentioned today that ‘I had found my center’, and I believe this is true. Thank you for being such a positive influence.” – Anonymous