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Jan Allen

Strategist, Coach, Writer


When she first fully felt – as her 60th birthday neared – that the time already lived was longer than the time left, Jan Allen plunged into despair.  Utilizing her expertise and interest in life transitions, she learned that we’re living  a new, 21st century reality – much longer lives but with an outdated operating system for this new life stage; one that limits choice and was never meant to last for 30 years.  She’ll propose a new guiding question and construct to help us think about this “new third” of our lives.  (Jan was selected by the judges at our Open Call Auditions on August 16).

About Jan:

Jan Allen is a Life Strategist and Executive Coach.

A diplomat and bridge between the worlds of mainstream professional life at the highest levels of corporations, universities, government, non-profit organizations and the media and of mind, body, spirit, belief and emotion, Jan weaves together her careers as lawyer, social worker, public relations professional and veteran of government and politics to coach leaders and emerging leaders.

Her first-hand experience in creating and running businesses, leading others and advising leaders allows her to connect to and understand her clients’ desires, dreams and real-life challenges in the professional world.  She has partnered her coaching clients to create new businesses, become more resonant leaders, reconnect to long-hidden passions, develop new skills and spark greater creativity.

In addition to serving two Ohio Governors in senior roles, Jan has created and led successful public affairs and public relations businesses as well as her current coaching practice. An abbreviated list of clients includes Limited Brands, American Electric Power, Nationwide Insurance, Farmers Insurance, the American Medical Association and the Ohio Council of Behavioral Healthcare Providers.  Her coaching clients include CEO’s and senior leaders of major corporations, non-profits and universities, and entrepreneurs.

Jan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in social work, and a juris doctor from the College of Law, all from The Ohio State University, and is a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Central Ohio’s three-year post-graduate training for therapists, and Coach U.

She currently also leads a national effort to involve and include women in Women on Fire, a membership organization of dynamic women who support each other’s success to make a difference in the world.  Through inspiration, strategies and support, members transform their own lives and the lives of others.

What’s behind the door when you’re 60 yrs and older?   Jan makes lemonade out of lemons when it comes to being 60 yrs of age.  Jan challenges us to look at retirement not as a destination to ‘stop’ but as a journey to ‘explore.’