I am a mother. A writer. A speaker. A spoken word artist. A leader. I am the one who will inspire, light a fire, and help you see your vison to the end. I am a coach, a catalyst, and a confidant. I tell the truth, lovingly yet bluntly, because I know it will set you free. I am authentic. I am real. I am a committed to training and developing women who want to lead because I know that ultimately this will create a world of unity, peace, and love.
For some more intimate highlights and lowlights of my life…
plus my formal biography…keep reading.
|1968||Donna Jean Purdy and George Robert DeQuattro meet in Hollywood, California on a blind date. They fall madly in love and get engaged six weeks later.|
|1970||On December 29th 1970, back in George’s hometown Brooklyn, NY, Donna gives birth to a baby girl. That turns out to be me. They name me after my courageous great grandmother Jenny, who came to America at age sixteen from Sweden all by herself. Bad ass-ness runs through my veins.|
|1977||My parents get divorced but remain amicable. We still do things as a family from time to time, like go see Broadway shows like Annie. I get the writing/directing/acting bug, and at age eight produce my first play at school; of course, it’s Annie. My teacher makes me audition for the lead role, Amy Israel is the only girl with a better singing voice than me, I bribe her 50 cents NOT to audition, and I get the part.|
|1984||I start High School and meet my BFF Sari. She beats the shit out of anyone who messes with me.
Brooklyn has its own highs and lows.
|1988||I get accepted into the University of Arizona. My new college friends Kim, Torie, and Nicole, wrestle the huge bottle of Paul Sebastian hair spray out of my hand and kindly inform me that bangs sprayed straight up are NOT ok. I trade in my Brooklyn Italian Fashion for jeans, cowboy boots, and flatter hair.|
|1990||Nicole dies in a car crash two days before her 20th birthday. It shakes our group of friends to the core. We all vow to all name our kids after her someday. Life feels different.|
|1992||I graduate from college my first job is working a Jack LaLanne Bally's Fitness Club in NYC. Within three months I make manager of the 55th St. and 5th Ave. location. I am the youngest historically in the company to ever do that.|
|1994||I leave the health business for the finance business. Where “Greed is Good.” At age 24 I’m on Wall Street, making over $120,000 a year and have no idea how it happened so fast. I am one of very few women, and I fall in love with one of the three owners of the company, four years later we marry.|
|2000||We have our first child, Cole, who I’ve kept my promise and named after my college friend Nicole. He is a beautiful healthy boy, we live in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. I have left finance and have gone back to my true love; acting. I produce films and plays, star in Target and Publix commercials, and love being a mom.
Life is sweet, happy, and fun.
|2003||There is a quiet calling inside of me that eventually turns into a scream. I have discovered Oprah’s book club; I devour the Seat of the Soul, The Celestine Profit, Conversations with God…I think I want a divorce. I am paralyzed with fear but don’t act on it for another 3 years.|
|2006||I file for divorce. Cole and I move into another home. I have him 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time I try to find my purpose. I start six businesses; make six logos, and six websites. I listen to what everyone else tells me I would be good at without ever asking myself. I am spread too thin, nothing pans out, my divorce settlement dwindles down to almost nothing and I am royally f*cked.|
|2007||I take the transformational course CIJ, based on a master’s degree class from Stanford University, and it changes the trajectory of my life. I journal, I meditate, and I get crystal clear that this is my path. I decide to become a coach.|
|2008-2018||Over the next ten years I build my tribe, get published by Hay House, have a radio show where my slot is sandwiched between Ester Hicks and Wayne Dyer. My reach grows far and wide. I get promoted to be one of the leaders in CIJ to train the trainers. Under my direction the course gets translated into seven languages and is in seven different countries. I redesign the class for kids and teens. I support 50+ Coaches that I’ve trained and developed. The NYC Dept of Education accepts this mindfulness and emotional intelligence program into their school system. I start a retreat company, travel the world, raise money to help communities in need with my “give-back retreats”. I meet the love of my life Sev, and currently we are living happily ever now in Fort Lauderdale with my son Cole.|
The Queen of Clarity, Catalyst Coach Jennifer Grace, was voted Miami’s number #1 Life Coach by New Times in both 2016 and 2017. She is a Motivational speaker, Radio Show host, and Hay House author whose book, Directing Your Destiny was published in 2013. Her next book, Drop the Rope, will be released in Fall 2019.
Based on the famed Stanford University Master’s Degree Course “Creativity in Business” the program, CIJ Clarity Catalyst, helps students get crystal clear in who they are and what they want. It empowers them with practical mindfulness tools and proven emotional intelligence techniques to discover the next powerful chapter in their lives.
Jennifer is also a “coaches coach.” She is one of the key train the trainers of the curriculum. In last 4 years, she has certified 50 plus coaches on how to powerfully deliver the course and build a profitable group coaching business and brand.
To date, the program has been translated into seven different languages and is being taught in seven different countries, all under Jennifer’s direction. In 2016 Jennifer took on redesigning the program for kids and teens, and as of May 2017, she has certified 30 coaches to deliver the youth coaching curriculum (CIJ: Insight for Life for Kids and Teens).
Jennifer currently leads workshops and courses in Miami at The Standard Spa, where she is the Resident Life Coach, as well as online. Over the last eight years she has traveled to fifteen different exotic destinations, (including Bali, India, and Africa) She and her retreat participants have raised over $100,000 to help communities in need worldwide with her give-back retreats.