Vanessa G. Tennyson, PCC, 3CP, SHRM-SCP

Executive Coach and Consultant

“Make the difficult journey into self, be honest and candid about what motivates you, and identify what you are truly expecting from the journey forward”

-Vanessa G. Tennyson

Meet Vanessa

Vanessa Tennyson is skilled in the art of leadership & executive coaching and diversity engagement, with creative thinking and innovative solutions. She is a Certified Professional Executive and Organization Coach, as accredited by Teachers College, Columbia University, and an Associate Certified Coach, as accredited by the International Coach Federation.

 She developed The Triad of Discovery © – a process of clarity, bringing to the surface important issues of self in developing behavioral authenticity, by creating a safe space for open and honest communication without judgment, leading to enhanced performance and diversity of thought. As a transgender woman, Vanessa has spent the last 40 years in myriad roles within the public, private and non-profit business communities. She has had the rare experience and gained expanded perspective, operating in both male and female roles being an employee, manager, director, senior executive, and owner.

  • Professional and executive coaching
  • Leadership team effectiveness
  • Strategy creation and execution
  • Organization alignment and effectiveness
  • Culture building and transformation
  • Business process design and improvement
  • Talent and performance management
Engineering & Architecture, Finance & Insurance, Administration, Non-Profit, Entrepreneurs & Start-ups, Boards of Directors, Medical
40 years in business as COO, CAO, CHRO in for-profit and non-profit sector
  • Advanced Careers Fellow – University of MN

  • Certificate in Business Excellence – Columbia Business School

  • BS Business Administration & Management – Carlson School of Management

  • AA Liberal Arts – University of MN

Personal Interests

Fly Fishing, B&W Photography

Contact Vanessa Directly


Phone: 763-545-5997
M–F: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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4800 Olson Memorial Highway
Suite #225
Minneapolis, MN 55422
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