Jessica Kent

Education

University of Texas at Austin, BA, Journalism
University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management, MS, Leadership & Organizational Development (expected December 2020)

Experience

Jessica has over 20 years of business leadership, strategy, and relationship management expertise and has collaborated with Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, and IBM. Her industry experience includes technology, professional and financial services, consumer products, energy, healthcare, and higher education.

Prior to her work in executive coaching, Jessica served as Senior Director of Dare to Lead programs at Brené Brown Education and Research Group (BBEARG), where she helped organizations build brave leaders and courageous cultures. She was responsible for the business management and strategy of bringing Dr. Brown’s research on vulnerability and courage to organizations for culture change and leadership development. Her hands-on experience at BBEARG working closely with executive leadership teams inspired Jessica to pursue a career in executive coaching and leadership consulting.

Jessica spent the majority of her career at Deloitte, where she was a program leader and trusted advisor to leaders across 15+ countries. Jessica’s deep knowledge of market trends, C-level business issues, and Deloitte’s services helped inform leaders’ business and competitor strategies and secure #1 analyst ratings for Deloitte professional services year-over-year. Jessica began her career in communications and served Silicon Valley technology companies during the internet boom era.

Recent Clients

Deloitte, Hines Real Estate, Viacom

Training and certification

International Coach Federation, Associate Certified Coach (ACTP-ACC); University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management, graduate certificate in executive and professional coaching; Dare to Lead™, Certified Facilitator.

At The Boda Group…

Jessica has a passion for helping leaders make meaningful change happen, achieve their goals, and reach their desired performance outcomes. Clients value her deep listening skills, strategic insight, evidence-based approach, and applied experience leading in both large, matrixed corporations and start up environments.

I’m inspired by…

leaders who are hungry to grow, willing to address barriers that get in the way of change, and are deeply curious about themselves, their colleagues, and the clients they serve.

One place that is special to me is…

Austin, Texas. While I’m a native Houstonian and love living in my hometown, my family and I always enjoy escaping to our neighboring city. I consider it my second home, as I have lived there several times over the years. Despite all of its growth in the last 20 years, Austin maintains its charm: amazing music, rolling hills, UT college sports, and good times with dear friends.

I’m part of The Boda Group because…

we hold the same set of core values. The Boda team values that really speak to me are excellence, relationships, curiosity, and authenticity, to name a few. I witness Boda colleagues practicing these values as we engage with each other, our clients, and partners. This is a special group of people, and I’m a better coach to my clients because I am a part of the Boda team.