A Trusted Leadership Resource

Jennifer Porritt, CHRL, CTDP

I’m a facilitator and an educator. I like to think of myself as a catalyst for change, and my clients consider me a trusted leadership resource. I’m very much a people person, so I’m typically pretty relaxed—you’ll often catch me smiling. I really like watching people discover themselves, discover their abilities, and head off to meet their potential. It’s sometimes tumultuous, but always so rewarding.

What I do

I help individuals and teams to become more self-aware about what is helping and hindering them in the work environment. I help them to take meaningful action and transform into better selves, better leaders, better teams, and ultimately better organizations. At its most basic, I create committed individuals and teams. I choose the word ‘create’ deliberately. What I do is transformative—there’s magic and power in it.

Education & experience

I have an Arts degree and a business diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Masters certificate in Organizational Development and Change from York University’s Schulich School of Business. My areas of specialization include workplace team coaching and development, and leadership development with a focus on emotional intelligence. I earned my stripes at PricewaterhouseCoopers as Manager of Learning and Development and at Laurier as Manager of Organizational Development and Learning. Prior to my work in learning, I spent several years on the employee relations side of human resources. I have been out on my own for a short while now –very exciting!

Certifications

  • Dare to Lead™ Certified Facilitator (Brené Brown)
  • EQ in Action (Learning in Action Technologies)
  • Team Performance Coach (Team Coaching International)
  • 21 Toys facilitator (21 Toys)
  • Crucial Conversations (VitalSmarts)
  • Everything DiSC Workplace (Wiley Publishing)
  • Personality Dimensions (Career/LifeSkills Resources Inc.)

Educational sector experience

Wilfrid Laurier University hired me to design and implement initiatives to improve the overall effectiveness and performance of the university. These included employee onboarding (both staff and faculty), developing and implementing recognition programs, building learning and development solutions, and orchestrating organizational development interventions.

As an associate professor at Conestoga College, I taught Training and Development as well as Strategic Workforce Planning and Talent Management in the post-graduate human resources management certificate program.

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