Jennifer Steben

Jennifer Steben

Managing Director, Custom Programs

Jennifer is an accomplished global executive, partnership manager, brand advocate, start-up veteran & public education supporter. She most enjoys delighting clients with unparalleled service and thinking of new ways corporations can stay innovative and inclusive. She believes in continuous improvement, and typically designs curriculums for C-Suite and next level leadership groups who have a globally distributed workforce.

She also manages Executive Education’s women in leadership program, “Ascending to the C-Suite: From Theory to Practice” and frequently sees topics around high-performing teams, well-being, innovation, emotional intelligence, influence, and positive leadership in her curriculums. She balances delivering programs at Michigan Ross, and throughout the world, believing it’s best to work with executives both in and out of their daily environments.

Having spent most of her career in start-ups, first in the Midwest, then in Silicon Valley, then in Paris, Jennifer enjoys purpose-driven work, flexibility, and a growth mindset. She has done business development in academia, publishing and Software as a Service. She likes working collaboratively across teams internally and externally.

Jennifer also sits on two boards. She is an elected Trustee for the Board of Education of Saline Area Schools, having served as two-time past President. She is also a Director on the Board of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan. She holds a Level 3 Award of Distinction, and an Advocacy Skills Certificate via the Michigan Association of School Boards. Through her involvement in Pre-K all the way through Executive Education, Jennifer is committed to lifelong learning and giving back to the community.
Outside of Michigan Ross and board commitments, Jennifer enjoys travel, teaching Junior Achievement to second graders, fundraising for The ChadTough Foundation, and watching her kids play sports. Park City, Utah, is her second hometown where she tries to keep up with her family while skiing. She is an alumnae of the University of Michigan, consumer of countless virtual and in person professional development programs, and resides locally with her husband, twins, and rescue Collies named Fiona and Neville.

Her pronouns are she/her/hers. 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost