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Jena E. Abernathy


Jena E. Abernathy

Jena Abernathy is a nationally recognized leader in human capital management, succession planning, governance, performance excellence and organizational development. She is a passionate advocate for women and minorities in executive and governing board roles. Known for her innovative spirit, seasoned judgment, and broad knowledge, she has written for and been featured in a wide variety of media, including CNN, the Financial Times, CBS Money Watch, FOX Business, The Leader Board,, Investor’s Business Daily, Shape, Trustee and the Miami Herald, among other prominent business, financial and healthcare publications.

A sought-after speaker, she inspires and motivates individuals with her expertise, “tough-love” approach, and Southern flair sprinkled with real-life examples and lessons. Her book, THE INEQUALITY EQUALIZER: Want It, Claim It, Own It --- and Maximize Your Career Success, speaks to professionals, whether entry level, mid-careerist or senior executives, seeking to advance to the next platform on their career journey.

Fast-tracked early in her career, she served for more than 20 years in senior executive leadership positions with such companies as General Medical, McKesson, Fisher Scientific and Premier, Inc. She served as executive lead for Premiere’s successful Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

An executive search expert, Jena is a managing partner/chair of Board Services, senior partner in Healthcare/Life Sciences. She coaches candidates and assists clients in identifying board members, CEOs and other C-suite leaders for hospitals, health systems, foundations and academic medical centers, as well as private equity, manufacturing, distribution and healthcare corporations. She serves on the board of directors of Witt/Kieffer and is a member of Access Circles, a leading business network for women. She has served on the board of directors for The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and on the advisory board for MedShare.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Jena divides her time between the Tampa Bay area of Florida and North Carolina, though chances are she’s jetting across the sky at 33,000 feet.

Jena E. Abernathy

Books by Jena E. Abernathy

by Jena E. Abernathy with Kelli Christiansen - Business, Economics, Nonfiction

Career coach and executive search consultant Jena Abernathy shares real-world success strategies for young professionals in a no-nonsense guide that will help them balance their “junkyard dogs” and “pedigrees,” strategize their careers, and gain the confidence, skills and know-how they need to get results, make winning impressions, and build long-lasting success on their way to the C-suite. Packed with real-world anecdotes and case studies, THE INEQUALITY EQUALIZER illustrates how everyday experiences can propel --- or thwart --- the career objectives of young women entering the cutthroat world of business.