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Jennifer Crittenden

Author and Executive Coach — The Discreet Guide

Jennifer Crittenden (B.A. ’81, Linguistics, French) is a speaker and author, most recently of What’s a Guy to Do? How to Work with Women, a guide for men on how to interact with women in the workplace in the wake of #MeToo. After receiving an M.B.A. in finance and an M.I.S. from the Kelley School of Business in 1989, she worked for over 20 years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Beginning in the finance division at Bristol-Myers Squibb, a biopharmaceutical company, she ultimately moved to work with Smith & Nephew, a medical equipment manufacturing company and later held positions as chief accounting officer for Anadys Pharmaceuticals and as chief financial officer for Biocept Inc., a diagnostics company.

In 2013, Crittenden started a professional development agency, The Discreet Guide, and began writing career advice books. Her first book, The Discreet Guide for Executive Women, is a bestseller on Amazon and won the 2012 NIEA award in the business-motivational category. She has been featured on CNBC’s Power Lunch and in Bloomberg Business Week, and she regularly speaks on topics such as professional development and workplace relations.  

In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Crittenden received a certificate in film studies from IU and earned a certificate to teach English as a second language to adults diploma from the University of Cambridge.

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