Meet Je'Nen,

founder of

Apostrophe

Consulting.

 
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Who we are

Vision

Apostrophe Consulting inspires transformation and growth within creative organizations through a collaborative problem-solving process. We discover shared value and inspire leadership development with the goal of strengthening the communities we serve. We grow ideas from early strategic visioning through implementation, while bringing out the very best in each organization’s most precious resource -- their people.

Mission

We merge design and business thinking as an approach to navigate past operational barriers within organizations. We serve entrepreneurs, executive leaders, teams, and communities to discover and meet organizational needs.

Values

We foster collaboration through respect and cooperation. We believe that business strategy rooted in human-centered design, supports long term organizational success. We believe in making ethical decisions, and that people are the most important resource within any business.

What we do

1. research +
strategic planning.

We conduct research to inform development of needs assessments, strategic and business planning.

2. meeting facilitation + community outreach.

We facilitate meetings for teams and communities, from internal retreats to larger strategic planning efforts.

3. leadership development + coaching.

We provide leadership training and coaching specific to teams and individuals on a variety of topics.

4. change management + implementation.

We lead organizations through the change management process to discover shared values and opportunities for innovation.


Design and business thinking

Design and business thinking blends the principals used for problem-solving in a traditional design education with those found in a business education. The model emphasizes a creative and practical approach creative leaders can use to navigate the multi-layered complexity of their businesses. 

 
 Design // Business Thinking Model [shaded circles represent overlap]

Design // Business Thinking Model [shaded circles represent overlap]

 
 

Design

thinking

meets

business

thinking.

 
 
 
 
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Background

With a background in architecture, Je'Nen has cultivated a career of collaboration deeply rooted in leadership. Her work as a designer, marketing specialist, and nonprofit executive leader with creative thought leaders from across the country has shaped her knowledge of organizing teams of all sizes. She has helped organizations launch innovative projects, training programs, and strategic planning efforts at many scales, and is well versed in the management of creative businesses.


Je'Nen graduated from the Mills College, Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business and Public Policy in 2017 with an MBA and concentration in social entrepreneurship. She has ten years of experience leading strategic planning, and has received numerous awards for her outstanding leadership. Throughout business school Je'Nen also received academic funding that supported her research on the intersection of design and business thinking. Her greatest strength is inspiring organizations and individuals to envision and achieve more.

 
 
 

References

Clients

American Institute of Architecture Students
American Institute of Architects
AIA California Council
Architecture for Humanity
DLR Group | Kwan Henmi
Dougherty Architects
Heller Manus Architects
Heyward Incorporated
Open Architecture Collaborative
Perkins+Will
Red3 Group
The Project Strategy Consulting Group

 

Awards

Grant Recipient, American Association of University Women (AAUW), 2016-2017
Forté Fellow, Forté Foundation, 2013-2017
Associates Award, AIA National, 2017
Associates Award, AIA California Council, 2012
Richard Upjohn Fellow, AIA National, 2010
Presidential Citation, AIA North Carolina, 2009
Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal, 2009