The short version:

Jenny Sassoon, founder of UnleashingU!, holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University and Advanced Professional Coach Certification from the Academy for Family Coach Training. Jenny has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and groups from varying populations, including homeless families, teens at-risk, young professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs. The focus of her work has always been, and continues to be, about empowering individuals to succeed and thrive. Jenny believes that we are successful at what we do when we are authentic to who we are and when we take responsibility and leadership. She utilizes her experience, professional skills and leadership training to guide individuals and business owners to direction, success and fulfillment in their career, business, and relationships. Jenny is also a mentor at Mass Challenge, a startup accelerator in Israel, where she provides training, mentoring and support to founders and CEO’s of startups.

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The longer version – My professional journey:

I have always known, even as a child, that (when ‘I grew up’) I wanted to help people.  I have always believed in people.  I believe that each person has unique gifts and strengths and I am dedicated to helping each person discover and embrace those strengths and empowering them with the practical tools to actualize those strengths in the world with confidence and direction.  I have also always been fascinated by relationships and learning about how to create great, healthy, and long-lasting relationships.

I began my journey into learning about human nature and personal development in college, and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.  I had an excellent educational experience in college and worked diligently studying the different subjects I so enjoyed learning more about.  I was humbled when I learned that I was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honor’s Society, an honor one has to be nominated for by one’s academic professors, upon graduation.

After college, I was torn between either continuing my education in psychology or exploring the world of social work.  Knowing myself and my desire to get my hands ‘dirty’ and do some ‘in the trenches’ work right away, I chose to pursue a Masters Degree in Social Work.  I was happy with my choice (it was a good one for me) and I received my Masters Degree in Social Work from  Columbia University where I concentrated in counseling, research, and program development for families and children.

After graduate school, I continued to enhance my education and learning and attained certification in the following areas:  Domestic Violence Prevention, Child Abuse & Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Elder Abuse Prevention, Program Design and Development for Persons with Development Disabilities, and Conflict Resolution with At-Risk Youth.  I continued my formal education by pursuing and attaining advanced Life & Relationship Coach Certification from the Academy for Family Coach Training where I was personally trained by Diana Sterling, author of the Parent as Coach Approach.

My early career experience includes working with young adults and families in various settings, including summer programs and sleep-away camps, shelters for homeless families, schools, and individual and group counseling.

I now have and run my own business/practice where I am honored and humbled to be doing the incredible work I get to do everyday; help individuals get to know, embrace, and love who they truly are, discover their talents, gifts, and real wants, and empower them with the tools to be confident, clear and directed and creating success and fulfillment in their life, career, and relationships.  I also make the time to continue to develop myself, both personally, and professionally, as I believe that learning about oneself, how to overcome our personal challenges, and continuing to develop our gifts and strengths is an ongoing and exciting journey.

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