I’m Jen Helms, a consultant based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am passionate about helping mission driven companies and nonprofits build better processes, strategies, and new products in order to be able to grow their organizations and expand their impact. I have an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. At Kellogg my coursework focused on strategy, entrepreneurship, and social enterprises. After graduating I spent four years as an entrepreneur building new products that received numerous accolades in the media for their innovative design. I also took on consulting projects and realized that helping other companies was incredibly rewarding and where I wanted to focus my energy. As a consultant I have worked on projects for large, global brands as well as projects for numerous startups. I also run the Intentional Play Summit, a conference exploring games and emerging technologies that promote learning and social impact.
While at Kellogg I was awarded a merit-based scholarship to travel to India and work on a technology education program at the American India Foundation. I also traveled to Thailand to work for HP Social Innovation on a mobile health consulting project. Additionally, I served on a nonprofit board while taking master’s level courses on board governance as part of Kellogg’s esteemed Board Fellows program. Prior to Kellogg I worked as the Director of Operations of an educational nonprofit that served 14,000 participants annually from 300 schools throughout California. In that role I led a team of seven staff members in customer facing roles and co-managed our 35 educators. In Yosemite I also co-founded Sustainable Action, a nonprofit bicycle lending program. I hold a B.A. from Indiana University and graduated with high distinction.
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