I'm Jennifer Fink, Founder of Fink Development.
And, I spend my time thinking about, learning about, and strategizing careers every day of the week.
"There are so many career opportunities available to us. We just have to believe that it's possible to create the life and career that we want."
Founder of Fink Development
What Is Fink Development?
Fink Development is my boutique career coaching practice and personally curated collective that brings together the best coaches I know, who care about continuous learning, authentic living, and pursuing careers that are worth it. I genuinely care about helping you find the right coach to tackle your biggest career challenges, achieve your desired goals, and reach your greatest life aspirations.
Our Unique Career Model
After a decade plus of coaching, what I have learned is that at any given point in someone's career journey they will be in one of three core career stages: Clarity, Transition, or Development. Getting clear on which stage you're in, as well as, your goals and challenges within that stage is the best way to create the most successful outcome. Want an expert opinion of which stage you're in?
The clarity stage is all about getting clear on who you are, what you care about, and how you want to show up in the world. Then, it's about taking those unique attributes and figuring out how they fit into where you want to go next in your career, and why. Having deep clarity allows you to show up more confidently and authentically in the world.
The transition stage is all about making your next career change as effectively and efficiently as possible. Ensuring that you're using the right strategies, tools, and insights to navigate the journey to your next move, and set yourself up for success when you get there. Having the right strategies can make the process easier, more exciting, and more fun.
The development stage is all about creating the greatest impact wherever you are. It's about learning, growing, and developing new skills to show up more powerfully where you are today, and create the opportunities to advance to the next level. There is nothing like knowing you're showing up everyday as your best self, and inspiring others to do the same.
Our Core Values
When you work with us, we want you to know some of the values that are the most important to us, so you know how we plan to show up, and how we hope you'll show up, as well.
We believe in continuous growth, which means that we're constantly learning, developing, and staying on top of the newest insights, trends, strategies, and tools to help you navigate your career journey.
We care about genuinely connecting with others and building long-term relationships with our clients. We want to be a life-long partners, mentors, and advisors in your career journey.
We care about bringing to life and celebrating the unique strengths, values, and interests of all of our coaches and our clients. That means we offer customized coaching engagements unique to your goals.
Founder and CEO
My story really begins way back in 2008. I was wrapping up my undergraduate degree and trying to figure out what to do with my life. I had recently learned about the field of organization behavior and felt like it was a fabulous intersection of my knack for business and my passion for psychology.
Although, I was a pretty reserved and introverted person (I still am), I made a bold move and reached out to someone in the field whose work I appreciated. That person was Adam Grant. This was pre-Give and Take, but I can tell you that he was already practicing those behaviors because he agreed to talk with a no-name, 20-something about his research.
I scheduled a coffee chat with him, got in my car, and drove from Florida to North Carolina to meet him in person. Looking back on this now, I think to myself, "how in the world did I have the confidence to do that?" Honestly, I think it was more naivety and curiosity than confidence.
That conversation inspired me to move to North Carolina and do everything I could to break into the field. I volunteered, without pay, on many research projects. I stayed in touch with Adam, I continued to try to find other ways to connect with people in the field, and eventually I was introduced to another academic who was looking for some research support. I started out working a few hours a week at a student hourly rate and demonstrated the work that I could do. This eventually led to me being offered a position to manage a new behavioral research lab at the University of North Carolina and was the start of my career working with many top organizational psychologists.
I did this for several years and loved the work, but I was basically near the bottom rungs of academia. I knew I wanted more out of my career and that I had a lot of value to provide, but I just didn't know which direction to go to advance my career, or how to be seen for my worth, and I was spinning in indecision.
With the advice of a faculty member, I decided to pursue my MBA and one month in wondered why in the world I was studying corporate finance, when I really wanted to be a psychologist. I thought about quitting, hit rock bottom, and then FINALLY went to see a career coach.
That first meeting with my career coach, I spent more time asking her questions than she did me. It was one of those lightbulb moments that people talk about. I thought, maybe this is the path for me! It seemed like a good blend of psychology and business and checked all the boxes I was looking for in a career, but I wanted to make sure.
I stayed in my MBA program, and spent the next 2 years researching the field, started coaching, building my experience, and confirming this is where I wanted to be. That's right, 2 years! Sometimes (often) a job pivot isn't a one-and-done task, it's a series of asking questions, testing things out, and moving in the right direction towards something (even if you don't know exactly what, yet).
During that time, I developed crucial skills to help me launch my career to the next level, become a coach, and start my own company. I learned the tools of business communication, I studied the ins-and-outs of the career transition process, I slowly implemented career development strategies to grow my brand and influence professionally and personally, and I trained as an authentic leadership coach to invest in myself and address some of my limiting beliefs.
My career started to take off! I built a valuable network of mentors and advocates, I was offered new *dream* opportunities, and I paved the path to my ideal career.
The ultimate game-changer, for me, was not only leveraging these skills to drive my career, but realizing that I could significantly impact the trajectory of other peoples' careers by sharing my experience, learnings, strategies, and connections.
In 2018, 10 years after I started this journey, I decided to pivot and run my company full time to be able to impact more people, and to help navigate their career journey to ultimately create the authentic, fulfilling, and engaging lives that they want.
I love the work that I do. I love meeting new people (even though I'm an introvert), and I LOVE talking about careers.
I can’t wait to hear about yours.
- Director, UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business
- Associate Director, Duke Fuqua School of Business
- Assistant Director/Organization Behavior Research Lab Manager, University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School
- Research Associate, Harvard School of Business
- Research Associate, Duke Fuqua School of Business
- Facilitator/Coach, Duke Corporate Education
Education & Training
- MBA, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
- BS, Psychology, University of Florida
- International Coaching Federation, Associate Certified Coach
- Certified Authentic Leadership Coach
- CliftonStrengths Assessment
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- Institute for Generative Leadership
Client Praise and Results
Executive VP/Interim CEO
I needed help preparing for a public interview in front of a board of directors. I had several sessions with Jenni to work on my presentation and my public speaking skills. Jenni was incredible strategic in her approach and her ability to put my thoughts into words was amazing. Together, we crafted a professional CEO-level presentation. Working with Jenni has been one of the best decisions of my career. I look forward to another opportunity to work with her.
Jenni and her team ask the hard questions. I thought I had already done so much work in the area of leadership, development, and career planning. Jenni was the next stop in that work. We focused on my LinkedIn profile in this forced me to go deeper into tangible jobs, rolls, and industries that I could pursue. Working through this with her, and the questions she presented based on the material I offered, helped me clarify where I could go in the short-term and where I might want to move in the long-term. Generally, and specifically, the work was very helpful.
industry: financial services
Fink Development's coaching program is the right choice for those who need to evaluate and refine their career clarity and to develop current best practices for finding and executing on job opportunities. Jenni is a patient coach who listens and provides thoughtful, actionable and timely feedback. Words of wisdom for those who are considering this option: be prepared to do the work. This program's effectiveness depends on taking the time to go through the stages of evaluation and preparing an agenda in order to get the most out of 1:1 coaching sessions. As someone who has now completed the Career Accelerator, I feel vastly more confident in approaching the murky and challenging job market. I have clarity, I have a LinkedIn profile in which I am confident and I have a resume that reads like a list of accomplishments, not a list of tasks. I highly recommend this program and Jenni.
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