About Us

Learn more about the Via journey

The Via Story:

Jennifer Manuel is the founder & CEO of Via Consulting Group. She is a speaker, coach, facilitator, consultant and lecturer who is passionate about creating spaces for women to thrive personally and professionally.

Jennifer Manuel

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A Sacramento, California native, Jennifer received undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Philosophy from Santa Clara University and her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University. She completed her professional coaching certification through the UC Davis Extension to become an ACC-level certified coach through the International Coach Federation.

Prior to launching Via in 2015, Jennifer spent nearly 10 years in a variety of leadership roles in IBM’s Global Business Services consulting organization, where she ran award-winning global programs for Fortune 500 clients in leadership development, succession planning, change management, and learning. She also spent two years on a small core team delivering massive online collaboration events called “Innovation Jams” for clients looking to generate ideas around business-critical or urgent societal issues globally.

After nearly a decade of jet-setting around the world and working 70+ hour weeks, the burnout set in. Helped along by a significant downsizing at IBM in 2015, Jennifer embarked on a journey to create an organization that allows her to advocate for servant-and values-based leadership, strengths-centric development, and feminine approaches to management & goal-setting. Thus, Via was born.

“Via” is a nod to Jennifer’s Italian heritage; it translates to “the route” or “the path”, in appreciation of the journeys her clients are on as they transition from one phase of their careers and their lives to the next, as well as a testament to her own professional journey.

Jennifer is proud to serve her Sacramento community:

  • TEDxSacramento: Jennifer has been recognized as a 2016 TEDxSacramento Changemaker Fellow for her work to define “What’s Next” in the Sacramento region & beyond by her dedication to shattering the stereotypes that exist locally & globally around ageing workers in today’s knowledge economy. Come back in May 2016 to view her TED Talk here!
  • NAWBO: Jennifer serves as the VP of Community Outreach for NAWBO-Sac, her local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Jennifer helps create opportunities & experiences for NAWBO Sacramento members and women business owners to engage with the broader Sacramento community.
  • MetroEDGE: Jennifer is a member of MetroEDGE, the branch of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce dedicated to developing and empowering 40-and-under leaders across the five-county capital region. She serves on the Professional Development Committee, where she helps organize events & programming for young professionals & entrepreneurs to achieve professional success.

Our Partners

Via’s blessed to partner with some incredible organizations. Learn more about our partners via the links below.

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