Jennifer Shinkai


Originally from the UK, Jennifer holds an MA (Oxon) in English Language and Literature from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University.


With an interactive facilitation and coaching approach, she focuses on integrating ikigai (life purpose) into daily work, inclusion in a diverse workplace, resilient leadership development in times of change. As an ICF Associate Certified Coach and Points of You® Expert, participants can experience “unexpected but precise” moments of insight and action.

With almost twenty years experience in Japan, she has held a variety of management roles across Learning and Development, Marketing, Sales Operations and Sales. Jennifer is a driver of change supporting her previous organization’s development from a 25-person privately-owned Tokyo office to an 800 person listed company connecting great people to great companies across seven countries in Asia-Pacific.

Her hands-on experience in change management and communications for a cross-cultural team gives her a unique insight into how to operate effectively as a professional in Japan.

Jennifer is known for her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to continuous improvement for both processes and people. She is passionate about developing women’s participation in the workforce and founded and ran two monthly LeanIn Circles for English Speakers in Japan in Management and Entrepreneurial Roles from 2014 to 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys training for Spartan Races and morning runs with a local running club.

Jennifer is also a frequent public speaker and panel moderator on diversity and inclusion, work style reform, empowering women and coaching-related topics. To find out more go to


Here’s What Jennifer’s Clients Are Saying:

Jennifer Shinkai is one of LVMH Japan’s trusted business partners. Her coaching sessions are regarded highly by our Japanese and non-Japanese participants. She pushes us outside of our comfort zone but provides a safe environment to learn from mistakes or take risks. She incorporates our Company values into the sessions and takes time to understand our business so that her examples use our terminology and key messages. We are lucky to be able to work with Jennifer Sensei.

Naomi Takase, Talent Aquisition Director, LVMH Japan


Jennifer has touched my heart first with her soft voice and secondly with her sensitivity. I love the way she challenges me always to go further by helping me to find the courage to be truly me and how she gives me inspiration with her depthless resources. She is so friendly and wholehearted, totally non-judgemental and it’s so easy to trust her and to connect with her. She always hears more than what’s said. I feel energized, lifted up, inspired. I always leave the session with a deeper trust in myself. I know I can always go further, ask for more from life, dare to do more. I love the way that Jennifer challenges me and I love how she always finds something to appreciate/acknowledge in me, like something very subtle which I think people don’t even notice…I think she is authentic, not pretentious and not forcing/trying too hard. I love the way she is so easy to talk to or so easy to connect with, and that she is always welcoming, embracing whatever comes out of me.

Sabia B, Coaching Client, France

I feel like a fire has been lit beneath me! I have been working happily each day. I’ve been much more productive but the biggest return has been how happy it has made me. I find the energy spilling over into all areas of my life. Thank you!!!

Angela, Artist, Tokyo, Japan