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Leadership Training & Facilitation

In addition to her political and policy work, Jen has been facilitating and training in a variety of different settings for the past six years. She is a certified Gracious Space facilitator. During her five years PacificSource Health Plan’s Government Relations Director, she incorporated this and other philosophies as an integral part of the leadership development program for the multi-state, non-profit corporation. The organization adopted the tenets of Gracious Space as a part of their corporate culture and saw marked improvement in team relations and collaboration as a result.

Jen has presented to and facilitated conversations for various multi-state organizations. Whether they were looking to address impacts of the pandemic on their own organization’s culture and norms or to improve outcomes, Jen worked with each organization to address their specific needs and current challenges. Some of her leadership development clients have included Kampgrounds of America (KOA), Sanderson-Stewart, Payne-West Insurance, Young Presidents’ Organization (Big Sky Chapter), and Helena College.


Certification & Workshops

I’m a Certified Gracious Space Facilitator offering workshops and training through Leadership Montana.

I’ve spent years training staff across multi-state corporations in Gracious Space as a part of leadership development programs, helping them incorporate the tenets of Gracious Space into their culture.

As a result of my training module, one multi-state corporation adopted the tenets of Gracious Space as an integral element of corporate culture, and saw marked improvement in team relations and collaboration as a result. My content consistently ranked as the most valuable section of the training by participants.

Whether you’re looking to address your organization’s culture or to improve outcomes, I’m happy to customize the curriculum to your specific needs and current challenges.


About Gracious Space

Gracious Space is a core body of work developed by the Center for Ethical Leadership which has helped over 15,000 people in 30 states and 45 countries to work better together around critical issues. The Center has created and used Gracious Space in many sectors, including health care, business, government, community, nonprofit, and schools.

Most groups are made up of well-meaning people who nevertheless find themselves in situations of conflict with others. Whether the project is a leadership development program, community initiative, difficult conversation on race, a reorganization, performance appraisal, coaching conversation, new vision, mission or strategic plan, a new team, or mediation – Gracious Space can make the relationships stronger and the work flow more creatively.

​Gracious Space is inherently a process that values inclusion and diversity, many communities organizations find it to be an essential part of their racial equity strategy.


"I was honored to have Jen Hensley facilitate leadership training for my senior team at our executive retreat. Her expertise and engaging approach significantly impacted our team dynamics and the ultimate understanding and adoption of the materials. The session was thoughtfully structured, and Jen created a positive and collaborative learning environment encouraging open communication and fostering a sense of trust. I highly recommend Jen Hensley as an invaluable resource to any organization looking to take their team’s effectiveness to the next level."

Toby O'Rourke | President & CEO | Kampgrounds of America

"Jen is truly gifted at making complex issues understandable. Her approachable style and relatability makes everyone in a room feel connected and heard. I trust Jen with everything from ensuring every event detail is flawless to leading heavy conversations on pressing issues. There is nothing she can’t do."

Chantel Schieffer, Owner | True North Leadership

"Over the past 8 years, we have been fortunate to work with Jen on a legislative level as the lobbyist for the Montana Distillers Guild - and as friends. Jen is extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and a decisive decision maker. Hard working, professional, and straight to the point - she gets the job done, and I'm happy to call on her knowing I'll get sound advice."

Jim and Mary Pat Harris | Bozeman Spirits Distillery

"Hensley & Associates are phenomenal to work with. Jen and her team are extremely professional and effective in getting the job done. Their expertise in maneuvering all facets of the legislature is unparalleled."

Melissa Umansky, Co-Owner/Co-Founder | Fidelity Diagnostics Laboratory

"Jen Hensley is an outstanding professional. You can count on her to bring intelligence, honesty and conscientiousness to any conversation. She is funny, tenacious, thoughtful and strategic. Any project is made better (and more enjoyable to work on) by Jen's input and involvement."

Eric Halverson, Director of Communications | Partnership Health Center