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Dr. Jennifer Nash Bio

Dr. Jennifer Nash, PhD, MBA, PCC, is a leadership consultant and executive advisor who helps leaders and organizations prioritize people to power performance. Select clients include Google, Ford, Exxon Mobil, JP Morgan, IBM, The Boeing Company, Deloitte, The University of Michigan, and Verizon. 

Dr. Nash is Founder & CEO of Jennifer Nash Coaching & Consulting, a global leadership advisory and consulting firm that connects people and performance to deliver exceptional results. She was invited to join Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches organization as one of the world’s top executive coaches. Jennifer is the author of the award winning book Be Human, Lead Human: How to Connect People and Performance. 

Jennifer’s resume includes serving in executive and leadership roles at Deloitte Consulting and Ford Motor Company. She served as adjunct professor at the University of Michigan, where she earned her MBA, and taught hundreds of rising leaders at Deloitte University. Jennifer earned her PhD in management from Case Western Reserve University—during which she conducted multiyear empirical research on coaching and leadership as a research fellow at the Weatherhead School of Business. She is also a Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching Fellow.

Jennifer contributes leadership perspectives to Harvard Business Review and select academic journals, and has presented her groundbreaking leadership and coaching research at Harvard/McLean Institute of Coaching and Columbia University. A sought after speaker, she regularly presents to groups and organizations on topics related to the human element of business. She or her work have been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Inc., LinkedIN, Investor’s Business Daily, BBC Online, Deloitte, Leader to Leader, and other notable media outlets. 

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Be Human, Lead Human

How to Connect People and Performance

In an era marked by unprecedented challenges and a global pandemic, Dr. Jennifer Nash's debut book, Be Human, Lead Human: How to Connect People and Performance, advocates for a radical shift in leadership thinking and practice. With only 12% of employees expressing confidence in their leaders, Nash identifies the need for leadership that fosters trust, creates connection, and drives performance.

Drawing from her extensive experience and empirical research, Nash introduces the Human Leadership operating model, a revolutionary approach that places humanity and human connection at the heart of organizational effectiveness. This groundbreaking model equips leaders with the human and relational skills necessary to navigate a new world of work, helping mitigate the risks of burnout, disengagement, and quiet quitting.

Be Human, Lead Human offers readers a personalized roadmap to transform their leadership practices. It not only encourages leaders to disrupt the status quo, but also empowers them to measure their existing leadership skills, identify their goals, and expand their toolkit. An evergreen resource for young professionals and experienced leaders alike, it challenges them to think and perform differently to deliver results.

Nash's book is a clarion call for leaders brave enough to embrace their humanity, lead with empathy, and forge a path towards a more human-first work environment. Be Human, Lead Human: How to Connect People and Performance is a must-read for those ready to lead the charge towards transformation and success in the new world of work.


“In her engaging, easy-to-read style, Jennifer demonstrates why her leadership thinking is on the radar of every top thought leadership organization today. This book is timely and relevant as leaders seek effective tools to thrive in a post-COVID world. To unleash the power of your leadership potential, read Be Human, Lead Human today.”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and two-time #1 Leadership Thinker and New York Times bestselling author

“Through storytelling and a superlative ability to amalgamate the seemingly chaotic constructs behind the science of leadership, Dr. Nash provides accessible and practical guidance to leaders at all levels with an empathetic underpinning. Her narrative is forthright in word choice yet erudite in its well-researched and referenced work. An enjoyable and useful read at any stage of your leadership journey.”

J. Manuel Ocasio
Chief Human Resources Officer at Luminis Health

“Jennifer shares principles and practices of human leadership as well as compelling stories from professionals in Be Human, Lead Human. She reminds us that people skills are not soft at all; rather, they are essential to effective leadership and driving performance outcomes! Masterfully written and thought-provoking for new and seasoned leaders alike, Be Human, Lead Human should be on every organization's executive and professional development resource list.”

Yolanda Royall-Williams
Vice President of People & Engagement at Wireless Vision

“Leadership has long been celebrated and revered as a hero's journey. Now more than ever, the world needs leaders to be human at work so everyone else can be fully human too. Be Human, Lead Human is a must-have resource to evolve your leadership to include being a hero while being human in the twenty-first century and beyond.”

CB Bowman
CEO Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC), Courage Consultant, MCEC, CMC, MBA, BCC, speaker, author, facilitator

“In Be Human, Lead Human, Jennifer shares honest, witty stories of human leadership from her own career as well as stories from clients and colleagues. Nash is a thoughtful writer, a connected knower, and a servant leader. The post-pandemic world has blown the door wide open for a new, better way to lead. This book should be on every leader’s shelf so they can take a deep look inward to help navigate the path forward as they lead their organization into the future.”

Dr. Avina Gupta
Senior Principal: Leadership Development at Chick-fil-A

“Decades ago, people in leadership positions claimed great prowess in creating strategy and managing investor returns. People woke up to that shortsightedness. Leaders lead people! People drive the business; create new products and services; and develop, retain, and delight customers. Engagement numbers even before COVID showed a major motivation crisis throughout the world. Through engaging stories of real leaders who make a difference, Jennifer reminds us that it all comes down to listening, empathy, caring, and inspiring the people in an organization to be amazing!”

Richard Boyatzis, PhD
Professor at Case Western Reserve University and co-author of the international bestseller Primal Leadership and the new Helping People Change

Be Human, Lead Human is packed with actionable advice and tools to help you lead more effectively. You'll learn how to map your journey as a leader, assess your skills, and develop a strategic roadmap to inspire your team and achieve powerful results.”

Dorie Clark
Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Long Game and executive education faculty at Duke University Fuqua School of Business

“In Be Human, Lead Human, Nash shares detailed practices of human leadership using compelling stories from her professional experience, captivating the readers with thought-provoking insights that encourage them to transform their leadership techniques. Nash's book is an excellent resource for every organization's executive development program.”

Dr. Lilian Ajayi Ore
Chief Learning Officer, Top 100 Learning and Talent Development Executive, and Founder of