Jennifer Porter

Education

Bates College, BA, Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude
Stanford University, MBA

Experience

Jennifer started her career with The Boston Consulting Group, as an Associate and then Consultant, where she spent five years before and after business school. Knowing she wanted to lead an organization, she joined Einstein Bros Bagels shortly after they were founded, serving as the VP of Operations Support and leading a 450-store rollout over 18 months. Two more senior operating roles in high-growth organizations followed: COO of Circles (now part of Sodexo), a corporate concierge service, and COO of Sentient Jet, a private jet membership company. After seven years as a leadership coach with Spencer & Bean, she founded The Boda Group in 2011, where she serves as Managing Partner.

Other leadership

Bates College, Board of Trustees; Bates Boston Business Network, founder and first Chair; Bates Volunteer Engagement Initiative, founder and first Chair; McLean Hospital, Co-Chair, Annual Fund (five years); Partners Healthcare and Harvard Medical School affiliate; Stanford University, Board of Trustees; Kids In Biz (a program of I Have a Dream), founder and leader.

Recent clients

Microsoft, Digitas, The Boston Consulting Group, Vistaprint, Grainger, The Parthenon Group, Massachusetts General Hospital, Blackbaud/Target Software, Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, athenahealth.

Training and certification

Stanford University, Interpersonal Dynamics; The Coaches Training Institute, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC); International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC); Team Diagnostic Assessment; Harvard University/Kegan and Lahey: Immunity to Change; CRR Global, Advanced Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC); DiSC Behavioral Inventory, Certified Facilitator; Kantor Institute/Dialogix, Structural Dynamics Certification.

At The Boda Group…

Jennifer is committed to bridging the art and science of leadership and helping leaders become more self-aware, authentic, and effective. Her sweet spot is very smart, driven, senior leaders and their teams. She knows that better leaders create and inspire more successful teams and generate better business results. She brings 20+ years of experience as a business leader and her significant and growing understanding of how great leaders think, behave, and change to help her clients transform their leadership.

Leadership is…

sometimes effortless and sometimes a real struggle. When I’m doing work where the goal is important, the challenge is high, and the team is strong, it’s like an eight mile run on flat ground in the woods in the fall: easy, smooth, crisp, and refreshing. At other times—when I’m not paying attention, not in my sweet spot, in the wrong environment, or don’t share the same purpose or values with others on the team—it’s more like ten miles uphill in August at noon: hot, exhausting, heavy, and a real struggle.

The most influential leader in my career has been…

the COO of the American Red Cross Blood Services, many years ago. The COO was smart, strong, no-nonsense, and had high standards. She was also warm, respectful, and easy to be around. She asked a lot—from herself and from her team. She led an amazing turnaround in a very challenging environment with intelligence, poise, and strength.

One place that is special to me is…

our house in NH, because there’s room for a crowd, and it’s in the middle of nowhere.

When I’m not working with clients I’m…

at home in Belmont, MA, with my husband, two stepsons, and two Labrador retrievers.