Jennifer Gao is a serial entrepreneur.
From 2017 to 2020, Jennifer founded an artisanal bubble tea café on the upper east side of Manhattan. It was an independent café created from scratch by Jennifer and quickly became popular among the kids and families of her neighborhood. It unfortunately had to close due to Covid. Some of her old customers are still reminiscing the place.
Jennifer is the founder of The Alliance for Best Practices (TABP) in 2010. TABP was established to offer best practices trainings and 1-1 coaching to foreign bankers in the United States, particularly those from mainland China. The training topics included most of corporate banking subjects, as well as personal effectiveness skills such as Business Etiquette, Time Management, Negotiation, Sales, and Relationship Management in a cross-cultural environment. Jennifer also joined force with Berkeley Research Group on the same platform where she ran the Executive Coaching and Training practice.
Before founding TABP, Jennifer was a senior advisor to Ernst & Young US tax group in advising Chinese investors on their M&A interests and growth strategies in the US. She has been a trusted advisor to a selection of mature and start-up companies in China, in technology, financial services, real estate, and education sectors on cross-border expansion and marketing strategies.
Prior to that, Jennifer spent over ten years with American Express Co., in New York City and in London on functions in Strategic Planning, Sales and Client Management.
Jennifer was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She received her BA in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa and MBA from Oxford University in UK. She is fluent in Mandarin and English, and is an enthusiastic golfer and traveler. She is an active member of the Ausable Club in upstate New York and the University Club in NYC. Jennifer is passionate about mentoring and a major dog lover.