MEET THE TEAM
Jenn Salik is a strategy and communications specialist with over 15 years of successful business experience. Jenn founded Sunpeak Strategies to partner with clients in their quest to improve the human side of business – focusing on strategy, culture, and facilitating alignment within their organization.
Prior to starting Sunpeak Strategies, Jenn spent a decade at Toyota, honing her expertise in several disciplines including strategy and future trends, training and development, and corporate communications. Earlier in her career, Jenn worked in public relations and public affairs. Firsthand experience in-house and as an external consultant has shaped Jenn’s partnership approach to business, leading to mutual trust and shared achievements with colleagues and clients alike.
Jenn has a strong passion for using learning principles and empathy-building methodologies. She prides herself on cultivating productive and positive working relationships while executing with thoughtfulness and diligence.
Jenn received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Political Science from UCLA. Her Master’s degree from USC is in Strategic Planning and Corporate Communication.
Jenn is certified in Everything DiSC (a personality and behavior assessment) as well as in change management from PROSCI and Change Cycle. She holds mastery skills in lean principles, business process mapping, design thinking and instructional design.
Organizations are now rethinking their talent strategies at all stages of the employee lifecycle. Jenn was a key partner in helping us reimage our performance management model by grounding it on our organizational values. This required diagnosing our current state and bringing in a new way to view values within our day-to-day actions, behaviors, communication and performance impact. Jenn is highly skilled at synthesizing a problem, the opportunity and the solution in the context of the business, it’s people and desired culture change. When I need to drill down where other consultants from bigger boutique consultancies cannot relate, she is my go to partner.
Some companies want to predict the future. Yet, others ignore the past. Jennifer was instrumental in driving the strategy team at Toyota to consider the evolving future of the mobility business and customers. Yet, she kept us rooted in understanding the strong cultural values and deep history of the company. She has helped me, and many others on my team, take an idea from the concept stage through implementation by facilitating strategy development and directing communication plans. Every step of the process she reminded us of the consumer and how best to make the changes desired. Jennifer is a great team leader, mentor, and top-notch strategy developer.
We had an excellent experience working with Jenn. She demonstrated overall professionalism, promptness and attention to detail. She provided us with a comprehensive deliverable which we can reference back to as needed. Jenn spent time interviewing our team and really digging in and was able to synthesize their opinions and frame out the key issues in a super impactful way. Highly recommend working with her!