Kristen McQuillin, Mediatinker

I attended an Ikigai workshop on June 10, 2021.

What was it like to work with her?

Jennifer has an uncanny ability to find the heart of the matter in any rambling discussion. She holds space for everyone and shares her insightful comments with care and compassion.

Why would you recommend her to facilitate workshops/ offer coaching for other organisations?

Aside from knowing her topics well and presenting them with personable charm, Jennifer is able to open hearts and minds to ideas that are motivating and life-affirming.

Mira Simic-Yamashita PhD, Psychologist, Therapist & Academic

I participated in Jennifer’s Ikigai & Points of You® online workshop on June 10th, 2021.

What were her strengths as a facilitator/moderator/coach? How would you describe her style? What was it like to work with her?

She is very warm, intuitive, and incredibly knowledgeable facilitator. She guides gently, listens with open heart, and makes you feel comfortable and accepted. Before this workshop, I knew a little about the framework of Ikigai, but didn’t know how to put it in practice and arrive to insights by myself.

However, with Jennifer’s masterful guidance, using visual prompts from Points of You® cards, I was able to look deeply and discover new things about myself, some more obvious, some more subtle, and to come to some important realizations.

I learned that Ikigai can be many things in life, and that I am actually very close to living that life fully.

Why would you recommend her to facilitate workshops/ offer coaching for other organisations?

This is a nice, gentle, warm exercise, that I would recommend to anyone who is curious to learn more about themselves. It will open some new questions, but provide many meaningful answers as well.

Aki Ozaki, Aryzta Food Solutions

How did Jennifer Shinkai add value to your organisation?

Project: a bilingual #IWD International Women’s day online event for our Women’s Network across Asia Pacific

“We enjoyed to have her. we experienced to have relax and think positively about our future goal.

She is friendly and a great facilitator. The event is so well organized and she could deliver in both English and Japanese. So for our international event, she is really great!!!

Jennifer brings really peaceful atmosphere and her words easily get into our attention. Her work session was really easy to get in and joyful and memorable.”

Wanda Ruiz, Head of Strategy and Business Operations Japan, Merck Biopharma

How did Jennifer Shinkai add value to your organisation?

Jennifer led a training session for our group from Oct 2020 to Feb 2021. Her invaluable comments, advice, and insights helped the team members get a better understanding of themselves, their role in the group and the organization, and their influence on other members of the group and organization

What was it like to work with her?

Jennifer has a particularly exceptional method of making people realize things they did not notice previously and always follows this “discovery” with what to do with that new information/knowledge. Her methods always directly lead to concrete actions and are more effective than typical training methods we have undergone to date.

Why would you recommend her to facilitate workshops/ offer coaching for other organisations?

As previously mentioned, Jennifer’s sessions are not just about gaining new ideas/realizations/knowledge, but what to do with that so that it makes a bigger impact in future activities/life/work, and are thus far more effective than just simple “training.”

I would recommend giving Jennifer’s specialized sessions a try. I can guarantee you will not regret it.

Mamoru Sugie, General Manager, EMS Japan K.K.

Jennifer Shinkai was my executive coach in 2020. She added value to our organisation by helping me to think out of the box.

What was it like to work with her?

She was my first coach and I have no one else to compare her style with. As a man who is believed to be tough, her approach was an ice breaker.

Why would you recommend her to facilitate workshops/ offer coaching for other organisations?

Any leader in an organization can be lonesome. Her coaching helps you to release your stress and take you to see yourself in the different angle/view.

Lotta Lipponen, Lean Agile Coach, DNA Plc

In November 2020 Jennifer delivered 90 min remote interactive session for our Lean Agile Leaders community at DNA Plc in Finland. Topic for the session was Ikigai and personal purpose. Participants did love it, including me.

Jennifer was able to engage diverse group of participants with her positive and empathic style and professional facilitation skills.

Lotta Lipponen

Why would you recommend her to facilitate workshops/ offer coaching for other organisations?

Jennifer was able to grasp our goals for the event quickly. The whole process was extremely smooth and delivery very professional. As an organiser, I did not need to worry about the technicalities, just enjoy the event.

Yumi Murakashi, Culture Team Leader, Uzabase Inc.

We asked her to make presentation about D&I on 9th of October, 2020. She has made clear points on why the D&I is important to our company which we especially deal with “information” which was an eye opening phrase for us.

What was it like to work with Jennifer Shinkai?

Her strength: she is so open to receive feedback, has experience in working with diverse environment. Can customize well based on our company’s values etc. I felt comfortable working with her.

Why would you recommend her to facilitate workshops/ offer coaching for other organisations?

She has experience in D&I with various global companies and can add those inputs to the workshop.

Want to work with Jennifer Shinkai? Let us know your challenges and we can co-create a solution.

Sarah Goretta, Regional Regulatory Manager, Bayer South East Asia

I usually work with Jennifer when I am stuck and need to broaden my horizon. I usually come with a lot of mess in my head and she helps me sort it out, starting with clarifying the issue itself! And then we go with the game (coaching process) she thinks is the best adapted to my situation. I really leave it all to her and just let myself be guided through the process! I never fail to be amazed by the outcome!

What is Jennifer Shinkai like as a coach?

Jennifer is a very accessible, enthusiastic and luminous coach! Her love of her work and Points of You® really shines through making me feel very comfortable to go deeper into myself and to be honest with my struggles!

Why would you recommend Jennifer Shinkai as a facilitator/coach?

Jennifer brings light and energy into a room and when coaching with Points of You®, it is very powerful! There is always a new window opening after a session with her. Discovering about oneself or finding ways to overcome hurdles become really fun! Her coaching style and the games Jennifer do are so compelling that you come back for more!

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Mitsuko Okamura, Regional HR Manager – North East Asia, H&M

We invited Jennifer as a facilitator of training within my HR team on the subject of change management. I have also privately asked her to coach me to improve my presentation skill.

What I appreciated Jennifer as a facilitator is that when we approached her, she listened to our challenges and suggested the contents which exactly matched our needs.

She was open to customize or share the contents with us according to our requests. We encourage our leaders to be catalysts, and the idea of moving out of drama triangle, and instead empowering people was exactly what we wanted to promote.

What were her strengths as a facilitator/moderator/coach? How would you describe her style? What was it like to work with her?

As a coach, she put focuses on why, purpose, and vision. And this was powerful to me. Envisioning who I want to be after completing the coaching sessions was not totally comfortable at the beginning, but once I overcame the insecurity, I was finally able to focus on how I could improve myself. She shared the technical skills with me, but what I appreciated the most was that she was there as a mental support.

Why would you recommend her to facilitate workshops/ offer coaching for other organisations?

Jennifer is bilingual and understands the challenges in the workplaces in Japan. She is able to suggest how best we can approach specific problems. My team and I also appreciated that she is such a warm, cheerful, and inspiring facilitator!

How did you feel after the presentation skills coaching?

I feel much more confidence with presenting/speaking in public in general. Initially selecting the image of “who I want to be” was powerful. The repetition of preparing my speech, practicing on my own, presenting, receiving feedback, and implementing the feedback and trying again was a great exercise for me.

Catherine O’Connell, Principal, Founder & CEO, Catherine O’Connell Law

When did you work with Jennifer Shinkai? How did she add value to your organisation?

I have worked with Jennifer as a client of mine.

In addition she has facilitated two Points of You programs for Women in Law Japan (WILJ) in 2019 and 2020. I am also a member in her Make March Matter online community.

As a client, Jennifer is very easy to work with, asks intelligent and on-point questions and is prompt with responses and payment.

In the WILJ facilitations we received feedback from the attendees that they had a unique experience and found Jennifer to be an excellent facilitator. Organizing the workshops with her was a breeze. She was very well prepared in the lead up and executed the workshops efficiently (strict on time!) and made them fun as well.

Driven from her own inspiration she created the Make March Matter (MMM) community as the State of Emergency descended on Japan as a result of Covid-19. This online community is for supporting and encouraging the entrepreneur community. Jennifer could have let the MMM group disband at the end of March but continued the community through April, May, June, July and now August as I write this.

MMM is a clear example of the absolute commitment Jennifer has in her approach to any project. Her core inner as a coach is brought to the forefront in this group through her leadership, empathy, cultural intelligence and ability to collaborate and communicate clearly with a range of personalities. I thoroughly recommend Jennifer for coaching, facilitation and for her other passion of Points of You.

What were her strengths as a facilitator/moderator/coach?

Empathy | Patience | cultural intelligence | inclusivity | receptive to new ways of doing things | open to other’s ideas | curious to receive feedback to do better next time | committed

Jennifer is trustworthy, keeps a confidence and integrity is a value I observe in her by her actions