Who We Are

We come from different belief and value systems—political, spiritual, and philosophical—and have walked down a path to connect, respect, and hold sacred the similarities and differences between us. From the outside looking in, we appear like two opposite sides of a coin:

  • Republican/Democrat; Christian/Spiritual Explorer;
  • Executive/Creative; Conservative/Liberal;
  • Country/Rock n Roll; and Upper Class/Working Class.

Yet, from the inside looking out, we are simply two women who desire to understand who we are in relation to each other, ourselves, and how that unfolds in the fabric of our lives. We have chosen to bridge the gap between our differences and focus on the singular coin that unites our two sides.

Together, our collective knowledge and expertise helps seemingly different people converse and connect so that they may lead and live richer, more meaningful lives, together.

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer is a business advisor and leadership coach working with Fortune 500 companies, brokerage firms, multi-level marketing clients, and entrepreneurs. Jennifer not only motivates leaders, but she coaches them to success with her signature work of “Biology Disruption.” Fluent in French and Spanish, her global work has focused on being with C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, and sales organization. She teaches and equips them to manage their biological reactions when pressure, stress, and anxiety hit—informing people how the Amygdala triggers shame, blame, and victimhood. She coaches people to embrace their vulnerability and uniqueness in order to lead bravely. An avid reader and community-minded entrepreneur, Jennifer is like a business-therapist, holding people capable to their highest calling and offering data, stories, and tools to execute that calling. She’s worked with Microsoft, NuSkin, NFL players, start-ups, WeWork, and other major corporations and industries throughout the nation. She volunteers with the Folsom Prison Writers’ Project, working with incarcerated males to disrupt their own biological reactions when obstacles arise. She’s utterly invested in the notion of “connection,” bringing forth the values of collaboration, community impact, strategy, and integrity. As a former NCAA athlete, college professor, and global trainer and public speaker, Jennifer is passionate about bringing learning, strategy, play, and adventure to people. She lives in the foothills of California in the Sierra Nevada mountains with her family and enjoys golf, vegetable gardening, food and wine, and building a community of amazing humans.

Meet Katie

Katie McCleary, MFA, is a social entrepreneur and changemaker driven to make the world less lonely and more connected through her work as a community leader, writer, publisher, and innovator. She is the founder of 916 Ink and Paper Wings Creative, two impact-based companies that transform ideas and stories into tangible experiences that enrich human lives and strengthens communities. She is the co-founder and host of The Drive podcast on Capital Public Radio, in partnership with The American Leadership Forum, which showcases the personal moments and transformative stories of the Sacramento regions most visible leaders. In 2015, Mashable.com named Katie as a Real Miss America” for her work with vulnerable populations. In 2017, she won the Heart of a Hero award from Sacramentos local PBS channel, KVIE. Her work has appeared in Vox, Hip Mama, Sacramento Magazine, Sacramento News and Review, Sacramento Business Journal, ComstocksMagazine, the Tule Review, and more. In her creative life, she is working on a memoir about her body and losing 140 pounds. She lives on a hobby farm in northern California with a sociology professor, their two kids, and a feisty menagerie of furry and feathered creatures. www.paperwingscc.com or www.katiemccleary.com

Meet Katie

Katie McCleary, MFA, is a social entrepreneur and changemaker driven to make the world less lonely and more connected through her work as a community leader, writer, publisher, and innovator. She is the founder of 916 Ink and Paper Wings Creative, two impact-based companies that transform ideas and stories into tangible experiences that enrich human lives and strengthens communities. She is the co-founder and host of The Drive podcast on Capital Public Radio, in partnership with The American Leadership Forum, which showcases the personal moments and transformative stories of the Sacramento regions most visible leaders. In 2015, Mashable.com named Katie as a Real Miss America” for her work with vulnerable populations. In 2017, she won the Heart of a Hero award from Sacramentos local PBS channel, KVIE. Her work has appeared in Vox, Hip Mama, Sacramento Magazine, Sacramento News and Review, Sacramento Business Journal, ComstocksMagazine, the Tule Review, and more. In her creative life, she is working on a memoir about her body and losing 140 pounds. She lives on a hobby farm in northern California with a sociology professor, their two kids, and a feisty menagerie of furry and feathered creatures. www.paperwingscc.com or www.katiemccleary.com

What People Are Saying

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“Jennifer has been indispensable in helping our company navigate through a complex and rapidly changing industry. The frameworks and tools, along with Jennifer’s wisdom and deep care, have helped our firm open new doors for increased recruiting, new deal flow and have helped us created a truly energizing place to work”

 Tom Martindale, CEO, TRI Commercial

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“When I accepted my first CEO position, Katie coached me and my board through the first grueling 150 days. Her knowledge, framework, strategies, and coaching strencgthened our board and work culture, operations, and financing. Everything she brings to the table is relevant, creative, engaging, and valuable. So refreshing!”

Mackenzie Weiser, CEO, Sacramento Splash

 

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“Since I started working with Jennifer, I feel like she’s helped me 10X my growth speed. She has enabled me to break through the noise and commotion of a corporate setting. Jennifer’s helped me understand where to focus my energy and how to invest in relationships. Working with her has been extremely rewarding & made me hungrier to grow and learn.” 

Edward Gorbis, Sr Director, WeWork

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“Katie has been a truly magical outlet for me. . . we’ve been on a journey of empathy, creativity, strategy, and stillness. The compassion and commitment I have received has been top of the line and perfect for my unforgiving schedule.” 

Dr. Michael Marion, Jr., Chief, Bureau for Postsecondary Education for the State of California

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