Jennifer Polk

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I'm a professional listener and question asker. I'm always on the search for what lies beneath and how that can point the way forward.

My core values include community, curiosity, honesty, and generosity. Independence, bravery, strategic risk-taking, and creativity are important to me, too. I'm dedicated to building and promoting positive, supportive communities, and empowering individuals by focusing on their strengths.

As a coach, I work one-on-one and in groups to help clients clarify and prioritize their goals, focus their efforts, and plan and carry out action steps. My approach combines scientifically-tested positive psychology applications and powerful coaching tools. In my consulting work, I conduct market research, contribute to marketing and branding projects, and carry out social media campaigns.

During graduate school---I earned my PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012---I researched and wrote about what motivated humanitarianism and voluntary service by individuals and organizations.

I operate From PhD to Life, a website and coaching service for graduate students, PhDs, and academics. I blog for University Affairs and write, tweet, and speak publicly about graduate education and career outcomes for advanced degree holders.

  • Work
    • From PhD to Life
  • Education
    • PhD, University of Toronto