Jennifer Obidah PhD

I Coach Early Career Academics from Graduate School To Tenured

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I'm glad you're here.
Is this You?

You excel in many areas of your career. Your students and colleagues seek you out. Yet, often you feel disconnected from your success. You're not as focused as you want to be. You want to make a change but you're not sure in which direction you want to go. 

I offer perspective, discretion, constructive feedback, and committed encouragement. My coaching techniques allow you to reframe your assumptions, examine your mindset, set new goals and succeed in reaching them.

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About Me

I Coach Early Career Academics From Graduate School to Tenured

I’m a former University Professor and Administrator for over 25 years.  Happily, I've found my zone of genius as a Certified Higher Education Coach. I champion Early Career Scholars through major academic milestones in the ways I wished someone had done for me. 

I succeeded in academe, achieving tenure twice, authored publications in prestigious journals such as The Harvard Educational Review Journal & Teachers College Record, and co-authored two books published by Teachers College Press, one of which won an award. 

Sadly, I achieved these milestones with so much angst. I never celebrated, not even achieving tenure the first time (at UCLA Graduate School of Education, #2 ranked at the time!)  In fact, I became depressed after tenure. The realization that life was going to be more of the same left me feeling empty even as I accepted congratulations from friends and family.

I kept on succeeding.

But the angst never diminished.

I needed a Coach to help me reframe my assumptions around my success, one of which was, "I was never going to be good enough."

I had no champion to ask me powerful coaching questions such as: "Good enough for what? For whom? What does being good enough mean to you? What can you do right now, to acknowledge to yourself that you're good enough as you are?" Knowing personally the toll of self-doubt and uncertainty, propelled me to become a Certified  Professional Leadership Coach for Early Career Academics. I offer perspective, discretion, constructive feedback, and committed encouragement, My coaching techniques allow you to reframe your assumptions, examine your mindset, set new goals and succeed in reaching them.

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Jennifer has changed my life. She has found her calling as a career coach. Jennifer is part strategist, part thought provoker, and part cheerleader. When I began working with her I was unsure of my career goals and my mental talk was incredibly negative. After Jennifer’s coaching, I have clarity in my career and confidence. I also have tools to combat the negative inner talk that can be debilitating to writing manuscripts and grants. Together, we have laughed, celebrated successes, and strategized through the rejection that is inevitable in the academy. The strategies and lessons she has provided have inspired and motivated me to live a life of joy and confidence as I pursue tenure. I have recommended Jennifer to close friends and colleagues because her passion, sincerity, and ability to connect with her clients are truly one-of-a-kind.

Alexis Patterson PhD, Assistant Professor UC Davis


I initially planned my work with Jennifer to focus on my next career move. However the work we did together was so much more than that. Jennifer is intuitive and insightful.  She asked smart questions and designed relevant activities that forced me to reflect in ways that extended beyond what my next job would be. Her approach is intentional, direct, and thoughtful. Since working with her, I feel stronger, healthier, and more in control of my next steps in both career and life.

Samarah Blackmon PhD

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Jennifer's coaching helped organize my thinking about my current professional trajectory. Her empowering questions allowed me to take inventory of the strengths and weaknesses of my current position. Working with Jennifer I became clear about  my next career endeavor.  I've recommended her to colleagues.

Jamal Cooks PhD, Dean, Language Arts Department Chabot College

Some People May Doubt Your Worth. Don't Let One of Them Be You.

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I know Jennifer well because she was one of my first doctoral advisees when I was an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley.  With her strong academic background and exceptional work ethic, Jennifer completed her doctorate at Berkeley in just four years.  Her thesis was nominated for the outstanding dissertation award and Jennifer was immediately hired at Emory University in a tenure track position.  Most importantly, she is a productive scholar, who is committed to publishing her work and making it available to practitioners and scholars in her field.  I have no doubt that her impact on the field of education will be felt for many years to come.

Pedro Noguera PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA


I Coach Early Career Academics through Graduate School to Tenured

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It's Done. In Faster Time Than You Ever Imagined.


You Choose How You Do It

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I Get You

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