Principal Consultant & Coach, Development Unbound
Jennifer Budd is an accomplished team coach and executive coach, as well as a consultant, trainer, and facilitator. She leverages more than two decades of experience in the professional development field to support teams and leaders to gain the tools and insights needed to do their best work. Jennifer helps clients to adjust the aperture of their perspective – making them more aware of their ability to change what they’ve been doing and start seeing better results.
Jennifer began her career at NASA, managing the talent development function for the Glenn Research Center, where she led comprehensive strategic training and development programs for a range of roles from rocket scientists to OSHA safety. She designed, implemented, and managed leadership development programs and initiatives, including the first Agency-wide development program for emerging leaders that resulted in greater capabilities in the next generation of NASA leadership and became known as a best practice across the Federal government. While at NASA, she also received her coaching certification through New Ventures West and began doing internal coaching.
She continued to work in HR & talent management at commercial organizations like Babcock & Wilcox, managing the design and delivery of corporate leadership development training and initiatives, and Goodyear, developing end-to-end talent strategy for the North America Manufacturing Organization. As she took on HR leadership roles in these fast-paced, high-pressure environments, she gained a deeper understanding of the complex challenges that executives face. Through this work, Jennifer realized that coaching leaders and teams to uncover “ah-ha” moments and fresh perspectives was her true passion. She’d learned what it takes to be a great leader and wanted to help people to uncover that greatness in their own leadership.
After her own professional “ah-ha moment,” Jennifer became part of the founding team at Corentus, Inc., a private coaching and consulting firm. She served as Chief Business Officer, providing executive oversight of company operations, talent management, and business development, and also served as client lead on major corporate accounts and senior faculty in professional development programs.
In 2022, Jennifer founded Development Unbound with the desire to empower clients to build the awareness they need to operate from a place of choice, rather than habit. She uses a holistic approach to support individuals and teams to meet their most challenging coaching goals. Jennifer is a leader in the field of team coaching, becoming one of the first coaches in the world to earn the Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ACTC) from the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Her approach to coaching is informed by her deep expertise in counseling, coaching, leadership, and teams, combined with her practical executive and government experience. Jennifer’s ultimate “win” is when her clients learn to self-correct and self-regulate, with more effective habits – sustaining them long after the engagement has concluded.
A lifelong learner, she recently earned accreditation as a Coach Supervisor. A collaborative learning practice, Coaching Supervision helps to enhance a coach's capacity by offering a safe environment for support, development, and reflection. A theme throughout Jennifer’s work is providing a reflective space for people to look at things differently and realize new possibilities.
Jennifer lives with her family in Medina, OH, and can often be found supporting her children’s hobbies and performances. She’s a creative at heart who enjoys photography, sewing, and crafting.
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