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Jenna started doing graphic design professionally at the age of 16, with her first licensed t-shirt business that produced t-shirts for all clubs and activities in her high school.
She earned a Bachelor's in Multimedia Design and MBA in Marketing. With her combination of design and marketing skills, she became a little more savvy than the average graphic designer.
She's branded over one hundred businesses and then moved to Tokyo!
She taught four hundred Japanese students a week at Tokyo Metropolitan University, speech and debate. Since she could not live without graphic design, she designed on her days off for a famous tattoo artist (and best friend of Ed Hardy) Horiyoshi III.
She lived in the hippest part of Tokyo -- Harajuku, did yoga every day, dated men from every country, and discovered her love of graphic design, teaching and sushi were pretty much her definition of living her dream.
Upon return to the states, she designed for a local government organization called Astoria Parks & Recreation. She was brought in as a "branding expert" as the media called her, and took a failing, bankrupt and unsafe community pool and re-branded them so successfully, that the re-branded identity of the organization won an international design award from LERN, for "Best Catalog Design Targeting Gen Y"
She was invited to teach for the University of Oregon and The Forbes School of Business.
She taught branding, design, entrepreneurship, for four years at University of Oregon, all while developing and testing core philosophies on how to take a non-designer and make them design like a professional in a very short period of time. This became the foundation for all of her teachings today.
In addition to teaching for these universities....
She worked as a "Graphic Developer" and "Senior Graphic Designer" at the Nike Headquarters. She was in charge of overseeing 300 t-shirt designs that include LeBron, Livestrong, Kobe Bryant, Athletic Training, Running, Tennis and more.
In March of 2012,she was brought on to help establish a women's rights organization called "This Slut Votes" that lead to growing over 10,000 likes on the organization's Facebook page in 3 months. The media caught wind of this she was featured on CBS news, and More Magazine and Bust Magazine.
She's taught almost 200 entrepreneurs how to design their very own brand and website in a a matter of days. Youcanbrand.com exploded into a thriving six figure business.
She has a reputation of creating professional graphic designers from people who've never designed before.
Her students have designed for famous rock bands & have been published around the world...and many have gone on to just design for their own beautifully branded businesses!
In other words, you're in good hands!