Jennifer Zaslow

The backstory

I started my career as an aspiring opera singer. So, of course, I believe that finding your career path begins with finding your voice.

Although my professional singing career was short-lived, it led me to a 20-year career in the non-profit sector, where I found my voice as a leader and senior fundraiser, helping cultural organizations to fulfill their missions and achieve their financial goals.

Whether creating a program to nurture the careers of young singers at New York City Opera, or funding the opening of a new branch for The New York Public Library, I have been proud to work for organizations making an impact on our city and our world.

While many of the roles I’ve played began with a dedication to mission, over time I also found myself becoming deeply interested in leadership and organizational culture. What does it take to be an effective leader? What effect does good leadership (or bad leadership) have on an organization? How can executives achieve ambitious goals while also maintaining personal happiness and balance? I observed that talent was sometimes being thwarted by organizational dysfunction, and I began to think about how I could be making a bigger difference.

How could I help talented people wanting to do good in the world, do better for themselves?

In 2013 I began working with a coach not only to help me think through some of these questions, but also to search for a way to fulfill my own potential and “play a bigger game.” Soon it became clear that I wanted to help others do this, too.

Today, I am in the enviable position of spending every day working with a broad range of ambitious, intelligent and creative clients. They span all ages and stages of their careers, but they all share a desire to be playing bigger in their jobs and in their lives. In some cases, this means finding the “mental space” that allows for true innovation; in others, it’s about preparing to move into a leadership capacity by improving “soft skills” and building emotional intelligence. For some clients, it’s about transitioning into a new job or a new field; in others, it’s about taking performance to the next level, or achieving greater balance. In all cases, it’s about listening more closely to – and following – the sound of their own voices. It can be a powerful sound.

The resume

• Partner, Clear Path Executive Coaching
• Founder, Jennifer Zaslow Executive Coaching
• Vice President for Development, The New York Public Library
• Chief Development Officer, New York City Opera
• Director of Development, Manhattan Theatre Club
• Director, Sponsorship and Events, New York City Opera
• Manager, Artist Contracts, New York City Opera
• Agent’s Assistant, The William Morris Agency
• Opera Singer
• C.P.C.C. coaching certification, The Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
• B.A., English, Wesleyan University

Career consulting and coaching academic affiliations

• The New York University Stern School of Business (Office of Career Development, Leadership Development Initiative)

Professional affiliations and certifications

• Institute of Coaching, Harvard University
• International Coaching Federation (ICF)
• CTI Co-Active Coaching Network
• Women in Development, NYC

Fun facts

• Born in Philadelphia, and still haven’t quite lost the Philly twang
• Yes, I still sing – but I prefer standards to opera
• Books were a childhood passion and reading is still one of life’s greatest pleasures
• Myers-Briggs type: INTP
• I’m married to a “humorist” — which keeps life interesting
• Current favorite meal: Russian comfort food at Karloff on Court Street in Brooklyn