What THEY Say!
“ I first worked with Jenny at our board retreat in June of 2013. At the time I was the Associate Director of our non-profit. Jenny was welcoming yet at the same time able to get right into the purpose for our meeting. She introduced the tools we would be using that day as part of our strategic planning. This proved to be an easy method and something I have referred back to many times. Jenny also worked with the board later in the day regarding a Succession Plan which I was not part of.
On October 1, 2013 I became the new Executive Director. Just prior to starting in this position, my board president shared that Jenny had been engaged to be a mentor for me during my first year of transition. I was delighted to hear this because Jenny is someone I can really relate to. She has a style that is easy and is very logical in her method of approaching various situations. What I appreciate the most is her ability to validate my leadership style and choices which makes me feel more confident.
Jenny also assisted us with a crisis during my first month as ED. She was spontaneous in arranging and facilitating a meeting with two board members and the parties involved. She was able to mediate the situation and help us create a logical transition plan.
In short, Jenny is always there to answer my questions, put things in perspective, boost my confidence, and makes me feel like she is my biggest fan!” Patt Kosier
“I respect Jenny’s command of her subject, but am most impressed with how focused and effective she can be in connecting to individuals in a group. In a seminar she recently presented, I was struck by Jenny’s ability to individually connect with each person in what turned out to be a very professionally diverse group. Her response was to seamlessly reshuffle her deck, re-orient herself and proceed to make the event equally meaningful to all who attended. I think that seminar will change some lives for the better. For me, as a project manager, it was a striking and graphic illustration of how to individually connect, even in a seminar situation.” Top qualities: Personable, Expert, Creative Joe Grez
“Jenny, is a total professional as she has a deep sense of compassion and interest in her clients. She adapts quickly to meet the needs of the person or persons she is engaging. This is from a single individual to large groups representing a widely diverse population encompassing a broad range of industry sectors and organizational functions.” Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert Richard Smith
“I want to thank you for your help and support during my job search. In particular, I want to express my gratitude for an enormously crucial element for my career search that I attribute in large part to our relationship – my confidence and self-esteem. During our class sessions you addressed me and others in our group with assurance and respect at a time when self-doubt was at its highest. This helped me to cast away the notion that I was a lesser person because of what fate had handed me. For this I am truly grateful. Career material and its associated guidance are in abundance. You, on the other hand and your heart felt kindness has but one, and only one, source. I feel profoundly blessed that our paths crossed. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!” Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative Bruce Gullion
“Jenny facilitated my Milestones course at Lee Hecht Harrison. She has a wealth of knowledge in the area of career transition and is extremely well connected in the community. More important is that Jenny genuinely cares about her clients and goes beyond the call of duty to support them in their career transition.” Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity Joe Macias, Jr.
“Jenny Capella likes to say that she is a “trusted advisor to key influencers.” It’s not just a catchphrase. Jenny really is smart about the advice she provides and delivers genuine value to those that she works with. Some of Jenny’s special talents are relationship-building and making connections between colleagues, and like all of her endeavors, she consistently goes above and beyond. She doesn’t just say “you should call these guys sometime” she thinks it through, proposes the possible business benefits to getting to know another of her business contacts, and then follows through to make beneficial business happen. Jenny is a great person to know and work with.” Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative Michael Messina
“Jenny is amazingly gifted. She has a unique expertise in helping a business owner to understand the connection between ‘relationship with self’ and creating a rewarding and successful business. Her consulting has helped me redefine how I’m approaching my work and has advanced my understanding of how to develop and implement core strategies for projects – both personal and business related. She has also taught me how to very intentionally create and grow a great advisory board. I highly recommend her!” Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity Katherine Burks
“Jenny manages to combine creativity with thoroughness and delivers an excellent product. She has the ability be able to see “the big picture” and yet still manages details well.” Margot Washington
“Jenny Capella engages unwavering support for each client with a unique and authentic style. When a business or professional horizon appears dark and chaotic, this is the time to fully integrate Jenny into your plans. With calm resolve she clears the view wherein clients strategize new opportunities and define a clear path towards their goals. Jenny’s remarkable selflessness targets the highest possible results for her clients. We all deserve the very best collaborative partners along the way, and I count on, and highly recommend, Jenny Capella.” Brian Jaeger
“I have been a florist and a jewelry designer for 23 years. For a very long time, it has been a dream of mine to own a business. Now, thanks to Jenny, I have gone from working at home to my own functioning shop in the community. I have a minimal business background and it has been a blessing working with The Capella Group. Jenny introduced me to the Birkman assessment tool, and I am very grateful. She did this so she would be able to communicate with me in ways that are right for me and meet my needs. The Birkman has also dramatically improved the way I communicate with others. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Jenny and The Capella Group! She is an extraordinary business and relationship builder.” Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative Bayley Kessler
“Jenny Capella and I met last year when we were introduced by a mutual acquaintance. Since then I have had the pleasure to be introduced to strategic business partners who came to me because of Jenny. She reached out to her sphere of talent and connected me directly. Get in touch with Jenny and you will find a wonderful link to people, resources, ideas and talent. Thanks Jenny!”
“I utilized Jenny and The Birkman Method testing software. I was truly thrilled with the results. The outcome of the process was better than I imagined and the knowledge I gained has made a difference in my life.” Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Cheryl Taylor
“The magic Jenny Capella creates when she connects people goes beyond her successful introductions. It’s more than her impressive Rolodex, or even her seemingly limitless creative ideas. When Jenny makes connections for you, she gives your own self-confidence a boost. You relax from all the helter-skelter networking and begin to spend your time more wisely. You find a rhythm that’s right for you, and next thing you know, you’re brimming with new ideas and making connections of your own.
But Jenny Capella is more than a connector—she’s a catalyst for a new way of doing business. She consults on a variety of small-business issues, including an exciting–and easy–60-minute strategic planning program that gets you focused and organized in one hour! She also facilitates team building, executive coaching leadership development, career counseling and interpersonal conflict resolution.
Jenny is a powerful addition to companies of any size.” Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative Lynda McDaniel
“Jenny has provided my firm incredible value, both through her business connections and referrals and through the employee assessment tool she uses. But beyond that, she is a person of unusual integrity and warmth; I always leave a meeting with her feeling better about the world!” Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity Rick Blythe
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jenny on several projects now. She is a real people-person and a superb connector. I’ve been impressed again and again by the breadth of her creativity and her follow-through. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Jenny to any business needing a pole star in a constellation of world class business contacts. I should also mention that Jenny’s Birkman consulting is invaluable: once you try it with your management team you may want to extend it to any key player in your business.” Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity Patrick Meehan
“The first thought I have in describing Jenny is that she is truly the “queen of connections” in the Puget Sound area — and embodies all of the greatest and most positive aspects of professional networking. She’s a consummate relationship-builder, befriends people from an extremely broad spectrum of the community, and has an impeccable knack for knowing which people will click both in terms of personal chemistry, as well as professionally, in a win/win (and often profitable) business sense! So given that virtually all business success stories involve a well-orchestrated dance between different people, Jenny can be an asset to almost any organization: whether as a coach, consultant, recruiter, business development specialist, or as a hired door-opener par excellence!” Matt Youngquist
“Jenny Capella has been a great friend and resource to us and our gallery. She has introduced us to potential art buyers, artists, and business partners. Most notably, she connected us to a realtor whom we work closely with to provide artwork for homes that are for sale. Jenny is a wonderful person, genuine and thoughtful, and is truly an advocate for any business she knows. We have been very lucky to know her over the past three years and we always look forward to connecting with her.” Alex Strazzanit
“I have recommended Jenny to several business associates and friends. I have received thanks from every person for sending Jenny to them. Jenny is a valuable resource in many areas of business and has a very professional and personal approach. Jenny is a connector of people and uses a model of sincere, honest, and rewarding relationship building for all parties involved. I have included Jenny on my web site as a friend and associate because I value her contributions so highly. Give her a call and have a cup of coffee, as it is always worth the time to meet someone new.” Rick Amero
“Jenny is a great person to know and to network with. She is genuinely interested in you and what your goals are. Since I first met with Jenny, she has introduced me to several other professionals, networking partners and potential clients. I have found her to be extremely personable and professional and am happy to have her in my network.” Rebecca Warriner
“Jenny is a bulldog with a big smile. When you give her an assignment, you might want to move aside before she runs over you in her haste to get it done–done well and thoroughly. Her personal connections are numerous and powerful, and her ability to work through the chain of “6 degrees of Kevin Bacon” to connect you to who you want to meet is awesome to watch.” Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity John Browne
“Jenny brought a leadership assessment to myself and members of my company. The results of that consultation has been employees who cite they’ve never been happier at any other company – and 100% growth 2 quarters in a row!! Thanks Jenny!!” Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Brant Williams
“As a seasoned facilitator, I know what it takes to lead meetings that are both meaningful and productive. When my schedule is too full to do this type of work – or when I want to be a participant rather than the leader – the first person I call is Jenny Capella.
Jenny facilitated a Board Retreat for our organization and the feedback was extremely positive. A month later at our next meeting, everyone was still talking about her outstanding work. The founder said it was the best retreat they’ve had since the founding of the organization 30 years ago.
There are many qualities that make Jenny an exceptional facilitator, including:
• Her uncanny ability of knowing when to keep an agenda moving forward as planned and when to adapt, being present to what the group needs in the moment.
• The quality time she spends in advance of the event, to ensure her understanding of the background, people and ideal outcomes.
• How she quickly creates an authentic climate of safety and trust by including all individuals—from strong, outspoken personalities to those who tend to be more introspective.
I’ve referred Jenny to a variety of organizations, all with the same positive results. I wholeheartedly recommend her for your next board, executive leadership or staff retreat.” Michael Auch
“I’m writing this letter to share my experience with Jenny Capella as a gifted facilitator. She brings so many skills to her work, but here are some of my favorites:
• Safety: Jenny is often called in to work with groups in crisis or transition. Her extensive training in those areas provides a solid framework in these difficult situations. But just as importantly, she shares her wisdom and compassion in a way that creates an environment in which people feel safe enough to speak openly—even when the room is filled with tension and conflict. In fact, people often comment that they feel comfortable opening up and getting into conversations that they’ve been avoiding. Through her words, tone and action, Jenny extends a safety net around the group so that people can get to the heart of the matter and work to resolve what often seems unresolvable.
• Authenticity: People often comment on Jenny’s remarkable ability to relate to anyone. She can connect to and converse with individuals from all levels and areas of an organization. I’ve always enjoyed watching Jenny begin her meetings by speaking about things she has in common with the participants. You can feel the trust develop not just with Jenny but within the entire room.
• Inclusion: Jenny quickly creates a climate of respect and trust by including all individuals—from strong, outspoken personalities to those who are more introspective.
• Preparation: Like an Olympic athlete, she knows that the work she does in advance of “the game” is critical to the results. Jenny takes time to engage with event leaders and organizers to learn about the background, people, issues and ideal outcomes. As a result, she can start quickly and accomplish an amazing amount in a relatively short time period.
• Mediation: Jenny has an uncanny sense of what any situation calls for. She can mediate tough conflicts and bring crises to at least temporary resolution so the group can continue to work toward a lasting resolution.
• Time management: Jenny has an innate sense of time management. She deftly balances the importance of following an agenda with taking time for spontaneous conversations that – while not directly on the agenda –are often exactly what moves things forward and advances the goals of the organization.
• Energy and Passion: Jenny’s clients often comment about her enthusiasm, powerful presence and focus. She offers groups and individuals inspiration to create and motivation to change. This translates into an energy that uplifts the room and everyone in it.
Jenny is a gem. I wholeheartedly recommend her to any organization—in any sector.” Lynda McDaniel
“Jenny, you have been an incredible help as I launched and grew my business, Touch Prospecting. With the limited time we had to get it up and running, your flexibility and nimble approach got us the results we needed and the staff we needed to deliver results to our clients. Even more important, the leadership seminar you led with me and my senior staff gave us valuable insights into ourselves and how we could work together better. Your preparation was in-depth and you really delved into what made us tick; looking back, I think you knew us almost better than we did ourselves! I really appreciated the way you sensitively presented both our strengths and weaknesses, not covering up anything, but also giving it to us in a way we could hear it. I look forward to the next time I can bring you in to facilitate my team’s growth!” Rick Blythe
“Jenny provided me innovative and value-added coaching and techniques to assist in my recent job search. Her methodologies went above and beyond what is the typical resume and interview preparation one might expect. The end result? Within two weeks of implementing her approach I was engaged in job interviews with two outstanding organizations and was offered and accepted a position with my preferred choice employer. Jenny provided me insightful coaching identifying my strengths and helped me to quantify results in my prior positions. I can say this – if you are in a career transition, or looking for someone who gets results - GET JENNY!” Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative Randall Gross