I am a leadership coach who is passionate about helping women grow, develop and lead. I help women find and use their voice, scale their leadership and find happiness at work. As an introvert, I help them lead with quiet confidence.
I have always been quiet and was even shy as a child. I was completely happy playing by myself – an advantage as an only child! I developed the ability to concentrate and listen for long periods of time. That ability to focus was an asset in college. But in the workplace, my quietness was a detriment. It seemed that the loudest voice was not only more heard but in many cases drowned out the other voices. I was one of those voices lost.
Finding my voice
With feedback from my leaders and coaching from a professional coach, I learned techniques to build my confidence and tools to help me be heard in ways that fit with my personal style. As a female introvert in male-dominated corporate work environments, I was able to climb the corporate ladder by leveraging my strengths while staying true to my authentic self. I got promoted – many times – and never once did I change who I was. I just changed some behaviors that enabled me to be successful in an extroverted world.
My career and life
I have spent nearly 30 years in Fortune 500 companies in technology and financial services. I have always had a passion for developing people and helping them grow. Coaching was the natural progression to have that impact beyond members of my immediate team and those I mentored. I have worked at world-renowned companies, including Microsoft and American Express, and know the pressure to deliver and continue to improve. As a General Manager leading teams of over 60, I have created cultures in which people thrive and I have created followership across multiple groups and organizations.
I have an MBA from New York University and a BS in Biology from Georgetown University. I completed my coaching training through SeattleCoach and have my Professional Coach Credentials (PCC) from the International Coach Federation. I reside in the Seattle area with my introverted husband and have three introverted kids.
I have coached countless leaders and introverts in corporations to help them find their voice and achieve success. I am a passionate advocate for women and people of color in the workplace. I have led women’s groups and been part of diversity allyship programs in corporations and leveraged my coaching skills to support their growth.
To learn more about me, visit my website at www.MarcouCoaching.com.
Jennifer has been a constant force helping me realize my own strength, motivation and qualities. She is not there to provide solutions, which she could easily do given her experience and own success, but pushes me to think through an issue, situation or idea that I have and by myself develop a course of action that suits my personality and skills. With her questions, she has helped me identify paths to take that I had not formalized before discussing with her. Most of all, she is one of the most positive and kind people I have worked with, which makes our sessions a really safe environment to explore myself.
Jennifer has been a coach to me for the past year and I highly recommend her to others. We met at a fairly tumultuous moment in my career and she has been excellent. While I was experienced with mentorship, Jennifer’s coaching has helped me arrive at more profound insights and awareness about myself as a professional. She has a calm and inquisitive nature, helping others (including myself) work through options and see around corners, increasing your confidence while reinforcing valuable internal mechanisms for problem solving. I’m very grateful for the time we’ve had together – thank you!
I have known Jennifer as an organizational leader, a mentor, and a coach; through each she has been a source of inspiration and insight. She exudes leadership finesse, grace, and care for the people around her. And, as I have experienced and observed regularly, she lifts the people around her, helping others better understand their strengths, find their purpose, and work through challenges. She does this by creating a structured approach to growth, asking the most insightful questions as she guides you towards greater self-awareness and clarity, providing her input, and creating an action plan for learning. Through it all – she really *listens* and you know you are *seen* in the guidance you will receive from her. As someone who has benefited from the incredible coaching and mentorship I have received from Jennifer through various stages of my own career, I highly recommend her as a coach.