Having more diversity and different views will drive innovation.
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"In today’s world, we need a lot more leaders and a lot less managers.
Having more diversity and different views will drive innovation."
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CEO & Founder
ennifer Vessels is a dynamic business leader, consultant, facilitator, and speaker renowned for driving results and spearheading business transformation across startups, mid-cap, and multinational enterprises. In her role as CEO of Next Step, a distinguished Silicon Valley-based consulting company, Jennifer has played a pivotal role in transforming industry giants such as Adobe, Autodesk, Cisco, and ShoreTel.
Recognizing the global imperative for business future-readiness, Jennifer is the visionary founder of the Executive Growth Alliance (EGA), a global community uniting leaders from Global 100 companies, mid-size enterprises, and scale-ups. Leveraging EGA’s proven peer learning methodology, members collaborate virtually across companies, geographies, and industries to tackle challenges and co-create new opportunities.
Jennifer brings a global mindset and unwavering commitment to achieving successful outcomes for clients at Next Step, EGA members, and diverse speaking audiences. Throughout her illustrious career in Technology Sales, Go-to-Market Leadership, International Expansion, and the growth of Next Step and EGA, Jennifer has consistently delivered measurable results:
- Led the global expansion of Tandberg, securing over $450 million in partner revenue within 5 years, culminating in a successful acquisition by Cisco at 35% above valuation.
- Increased market valuation by over 300% within 5 years for industry leaders like Adobe, ShoreTel, and others through digital business transformation. Jennifer, along with the Next Step team, orchestrated the change management process across sales, channels, operations, product management, and marketing.
- Pioneered a proven peer learning methodology and platform, facilitating future-ready growth for global leaders, including Cisco, IKEA, Norwegian Air, Novartis, Schneider Electric, and Wilhelmsen, through EGA Circles.
Jennifer is widely acknowledged as a high-impact speaker and workshop facilitator, contributing her expertise to esteemed platforms such as Gartner Group, Rotary, YPO, London Board Directors, UC Berkeley Haas School, and various global industry, corporate, and partner conferences. Additionally, Jennifer serves as a Facilitator in strategy and leadership for Cornell University and is a regular contributor to CEO Network, Harvard Business Review, and other industry blogs, newsletters, and podcasts.
Jennifer earned her MBA from San Jose State University, holds a Master’s in Occupational Psychology from the University of London, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville.