Jennifer Paragas Bethesda, Maryland
Career Coach, Performance Coach, Business Coach
Are you looking to take the next step in your career or show up at a higher level in one or more areas of your life? My goal is to create a judgement-free zone for my clients to feel safe and supported to evolve and grow.
I was born with a desire to understand and help people. My personal drive to accomplish more and empathetic listening skills led me to the field of coaching. I also leverage my business, parenting, human resources, and leadership skills with coach training to move clients forward from feeling stuck to moving forward. As your coach, I will help you to get to the root of the matter, free inner resources, reveal answers to strategic questions, and align with your core values. My coaching methodology is personally-tailored, fueled by heart and backed by science. Customized for each client, I use strengths and/or personality assessments, visualization, powerful questions, leadership theories & more. My process is succinct, effective and delivers a tangible action plan.
With over 25 years of experience, I served previously in leadership positions at several Fortune 100 Companies, such as Fannie Mae, Discovery Networks, and Marriott International – including roles in Performance Management, Talent and Leadership Development, Strategic Operations, and Communications. Handpicked by the President of Discovery U.S., I trained at the Aspen Institute for Young Executives in Leadership.
I am a member of Human Rights Campaign, International Leadership Association, Society for Human Resource Management, and International Coaching Federation (ICF) and also hold my Master degree in Human Resources and Organization Development. A firm practitioner of the Growth Mindset, I am currently studying to prepare for my Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential through the ICF. Last, as an impassioned volunteer, I receive a lot of grace and energy from my ongoing work with hospice patients through the Jewish Social Service Agency.
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6 reviews (5.0)
Jen has been essential in helping me understand what matters most to me in my career, develop plans on how to chart a path going forward, and improve my time management. Her supportive demeanor and ability to help me hold myself accountable means that every session is not just valuable in itself, but also a springboard for my work going forward. So glad I found Jen.Hal Connolly, Senior Vice President for Programs at the Climate Reality Project
While working with Jen Paragas I have been able to organize my thoughts and create a clear plan of action for accomplishing my goals. She encourages and motivates me to stay on track throughout each coaching session. I look forward to working with Jen in the future and reaching my desired career goals.Tori Green, Set Designer & Artist
Jennifer's coaching style effortlessly blends an action-oriented approach with her own personal style, which is guided by active listening, intuition and a genuine desire to support the client. From the initial client intake to the development of my own action steps for moving forward, I found the coaching process to be well-orchestrated, extremely supportive and consistently motivating from end-to-end. Jennifer also has a vast knowledge of great tips and tricks to help you move through roadblocks and/or create a new perspective when it's needed.Rachel Schaffer, Communications and Change Management Consultant
Jennifer's empathic coaching style creates deeper awareness. She gets results by partnering with her clients to bring the necessary insights that make a difference and move people forward. As I faced a major career transition, Jen helped me identify both the personal and professional items to bring closure to my current situation and open myself to new horizons. I feel ready and confident to make this change.Gwen Garrison, PhD, Associate Professor, Claremont Graduate University
Jennifer Paragas is a competent and compassionate coach who I have had the privilege of working with over the last year. Not only do I feel that I have her undivided attention during our work together but I always come away from our sessions gaining insights and deeper awareness in all areas of my life. I would highly recommend Jennifer to anyone who is serious about their personal and professional development and needs support to accelerate the achievement of their goals!Sally Silberman, ACC, BCC
I have been coached by Jennifer Paragas for several months now. I look forward to our sessions and gain insight and motivation every time we talk. I am a retired professional who was floundering to set an exercise schedule, and figure out what to do with myself. She has also helped me organize my thinking around planning a family wedding. Jen really listens to me and helps me formulate small steps that have led to very positive changes in my life. I strongly recommend her as a coach.Kathy, Retired School Psychologist