Jennifer Fukui Castells oversees many of Clarity’s trainings in the Bay Area and LA/SoCal, particularly in the tech, venture capital, fashion, food and beverage sectors. She excels in preparing clients to relay their key messages and stories to the media and for prominent industry presentations. As a communication coach Jen helps clients with message development by showing them how to transform their ideas into compelling stories – the kind that reporters use for sound bites and quotes. Some of Jen’s client experience includes Facebook, Dropbox, UGG, Airbnb, Reddit, OpenTable, GoFundMe, Sephora, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Casper, Diageo, Switchfly, The Founders Fund, Nike, Goop, Accel and Salesforce.
Jen began her career in media at World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and spent the following six years producing for Barbara Walters at 20/20. While at World News, she pre-interviewed guests and produced breaking news interviews. At 20/20 Jen prepped Ms. Walters for her interviews by writing questions and collaborating on the final edits of the segments. Having worked on hundreds of interviews during her time at 20/20, Jen understands the journalists’ mindsets, what they are looking for and the various tactics they employ to get what they want.
She left broadcast television to pursue her passion for hospitality and worked for Chef Thomas Keller at The French Laundry, where she oversaw his cooking appearances, built out a private events business, as well as managed partnerships with American Express and BMW.
After her stint with Chef Thomas Keller, Jen was recruited by the Gilt Group to work on the launch of their first full priced vertical Gilt Taste. At Gilt, she served as a brand ambassador appearing on television news programs to promote the new website as well as recruit vendors to work with the business. In addition to Gilt Group, Jen has worked with other technology companies including Plumfare, Groupon and Breadcrumb. As a result of these unique experiences, Jen has a keen understanding of not only food and wine, but a broad spectrum of technology companies.