FORTE Founder | Jennifer Byrd Messina photo:   Elizabeth Messina

FORTE Founder | Jennifer Byrd Messina photo: Elizabeth Messina

The nuanced challenges many professional womeN

face inspired Dr. Jennifer Messina to found FORTE as an extension of her robust corporate leadership advising practice. Drawing on insights from her 20 years of clinical and business consulting experienced, Jen developed an original model for helping women reach professional actualization.

FORTE is a dynamic forum designed to richly support women in their professional development. Jen's competence-based approach is highly interpersonal – striving to harness and build health and positivity in individuals and systems.

She brings a strong understanding of organizational dynamics and a flexible, collaborative style that drives meaningful change.  

A graduate of Dartmouth College (’93) & the University of Virginia Masters (’94) and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (’99), she is the Author of Fig & Birch and the Founder of Messina Leadership Advising.