Welcome to The Jennings Group

We bring experience from:

  • Consulting with over 250 U.S. and international clients;
  • Training several thousand professionals and executives from many companies and associations in the U.S. and other countries;
  • Working in management and staff positions in national and international companies; 
  • Successful entrepreneurial endeavors;
  • Teaching graduate and undergraduate university courses.

We look forward to talking with you and finding the best ways to help you differentiate your organization and bring value to your clients.

Our Services Include:


  • Leadership skills development training
  • Training program development
  • Strategic planning
  • Marketing & selling program improvement
  • Leadership transition (succession) planning
  • Management meeting participation
  • Team-building
  • Writing effective proposals and bids

Kate Kaynak, Ph.D., President

 Kate Kaynak has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the Johns Hopkins University, The University of Maryland, American University, Marymount University, and Rutgers University. She was the founder of Spencer Hill Press, which was acquired in 2014 by a New York publishing company. She has received degrees in psychology from Yale University and Rutgers University. She started facilitating for The Jennings Group in 2010.

Rachel Rothman Cohen, Facilitator

Rachel Rothman Cohen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A.) and Cornell Law School (J.D.). She has experience practicing law privately, and more recently acting as a contracts manager in the publishing industry. She started facilitating for The Jennings Group in 2015.

Kirsten Rutledge, Office Manager

Kirsten Rutledge has been keeping the wheels on The Jennings Group since 1997.

About Us

Laura Jennings, Founder

​​With more than 30 years of management consulting experience, Laura Jennings specializes in understanding organizational politics and developing boards of directors. 

Nicholas Kessler, Facilitator

Nick Kessler brings experience as a policy analyst and campaign consultant, as well as Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Employment Commission. He is a graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and the University of Virginia Law School (J.D.) and has attended the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and the leadership program of the Virginia Executive Institute. He started facilitating for The Jennings Group in 2016.