Jenny Blake is an author, career and business strategist and international speaker who helps smart people organize their brain, move beyond burnout, and build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. With two years at a technology start-up as the first employee, five years at Google on the Training and Career Development teams, and over three years of running her own business, Jenny combines her love of technology with her superpower of simplifying complexity to help clients pivot their career or business.
Jenny created her first website, LifeAfterCollege.org, in 2005, then released a book of the same name in 2011 that was featured in Target's 2012 graduation display. She has been featured on Forbes.com, US News & World Report, Real Simple magazine, and has spoken at major universities and top companies such as Columbia, TEDxCMU, Yale, Parsons, UCLA, Google, Intuit, KPMG and Best Buy. Jenny is the co-founder of a new app called Lucent (@LucentApp) for people who are "meditation-curious," and is currently serving as the Director of Operations for SpringUps (@SpringUpsLLC), an urban farming start-up in Brooklyn.
Today you can find her at JennyBlake.me, where she explores systems at the intersection of mind, body and business. Jenny is a yoga fanatic, chocolate lover, coffee addict and avid book worm. Dogs, dancing, gadgets, writing, traveling, and long meals with friends all make her pretty happy too. Jenny is based in New York City, where she imagines she's starring in a movie whenever she walks through its crowded streets. Follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.
More detailed background:
While working at Google, Jenny completed training to be a life coach through the Coaches Training Institute in 2008, and finished her certification in 2010. She is a certified Myers-Briggs practitioner, and served on the Board of Governors for the International Association of Coaching in 2010. Jenny also completed yoga teacher training in 2010 through the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara.
Prior to Google and halfway through her junior year at UCLA, Jenny took a leave of absence to help launch a political polling start-up company, Polimetrix (later acquired and renamed YouGov America), with her college professor and mentor. For two years she served as the office manager, marketing assistant, and webmaster. Jenny returned to finish at UCLA in the spring of 2005. She graduated in 3 years with degrees in political science and communications, and with several distinctions: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and College Honors.
After stumbling through the "real world" (and reading more than 150 business and personal development books), Jenny felt compelled to share her knowledge with other young professionals. The experience of leaving school before her friends and her love of teaching others inspired her to launch LifeAfterCollege.org, a blog that provides simple, practical tips about life, work, money, happiness and personal growth. Jenny's goal is to help people focus on the BIG picture of their lives...not just the details. Follow her on Twitter @jenny_blake.