Vanessa Tennyson, PCC, 3CP, SHRM-SCP

Focus: Emotional Intelligence, Leadership & Engagement, Communication & Executive Presence

Executive Coach/Facilitator

Arden Coaching

“To call Vanessa an extraordinary coach is a vast understatement. Not only is she highly skilled, highly educated, highly empathetic and emotionally intelligent, but she has a way of piercing through you to get to the heart of the matter and transform the way you look at a challenge or setback. ”

— K. E., CEO

Vanessa has over 3 decades of C-suite experience in professional services, non-profit management, human resources, financial management, administration and operations. She has been a catalyst for developing leadership talent to embrace empathy and bring clarity through frequent communication, as the foundation for what executive presence embodies.

With astute active listening skills, Vanessa is able to help leaders discover the true basis for blockers, issues or concerns, and shine a light on what change looks like for them. She provides a framework, accountability and meaningful feedback to accelerate individual performance, while embracing her client’s authentic self.

Vanessa’s range of empathy is unusually diverse due to the wide array of experiences in her personal, professional and volunteer roles, and as a coach, she helps illuminate in language that is meaningful to each client, a path to enhanced engagement and performance.

Vanessa’s passion is people and as a transgender woman who spent the last 40 years in myriad roles within the business community, she has accumulated the rare perspective of having been an employee, manager, executive and owner, in both male and female gender roles.

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Education and Certification

International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

B.S., Business Management & Administration, University of Minnesota

Associate of Arts, University of Minnesota

Advanced Careers Fellow, University of Minnesota

Professional Executive & Organization Coach (3CP)

Graduate Level Certificate Business Excellence: Leadership

SHRM Senior Consulting Professional (SHRM-SCP)

Certification in multiple assessments: EQ-2.0/EQ 360 Assessment, Hogan Assessment, Neethling Brain Instrument NBI®, Predictive Index