• Authentic Journeys Client Profile

    Based in Salt Lake City, USA. Coaches everywhere.

    Jennifer Kumar, Managing Director, and her on-demand support professionals have provided cross-culture training and business coaching to 12 companies and over 243 participants in 2017-2018.

     

    Learn more about our clients, projects and on-demand support staff in this portfolio. In addition, see our entire portfolio of work at our LinkedIn profile.

  • Successes

    WHAT CLIENTS SAY

    Wishtree Technologies

    Dilip Bagrecha

    "Jennifer provided me practical tips and tricks which cannot be found easily. Her inputs helped me a lot during my US Trip. I consider her as my go-to-person for any consulting or mentoring on US culture and communication."

    Advenser

    Harikrishnan K

    Director of Global Business Development,

    Advenser

    "Jennifer has worked with many of our team members on US travel preparation, sales training, virtual teamwork. I recommend her with my eyes closed."

  • Client Highlight

    Two of our newest clients in 2017- 2018 share about their offerings.

    Armia Systems

    Chicago Web & Mobile Development Company

    Armia Systems Inc. began as a small company with a sincere drive to create innovative products and services to enable online businesses to succeed. Today, Armia Systems Inc. represents this culmination of an entrepreneurial spirit, the drive to succeed, and the vision to continue a business worthy of its customers.

    Currently, we support thousands of customers worldwide. Our sole focus is to provide business management software and services to small and medium-sized businesses. (SMBs).

     

     

    Today at Armia Systems, we have three business divisions:

     

    iScripts: 

    iScripts offers innovative software products for entrepreneurs and small businesses to do business online. These products are distributed with the full source code so that our customers can modify as they wish.

     

    SupportPRO

    SupportPRO offers remote infrastructure management for data centers, hosting companies, and enterprises. Our expert engineers work 24/7 to make sure our clients' internet infrastructure is running secure, optimal, and up to date.

     

    Armia Systems  

    Armia Systems offers custom software development through our captive offshore development center. Our focus is web and mobile technologies.

     

    A few of their recent projects included:

    Eatyn: Connects cooks to those who are interested in eating a home cooked meal in the cook's space.

     

    Delivervi: Customers in the British Virgin Islands can place an order based on location, restaurant and menu.

    Wishtree Technologies

    Technology Services | Mobile Services | Consulting

    Wishtree delivers technology-enabled business solutions and digital transformation services that help global companies to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs. Wishtree takes an agile, collaborative approach to creating customized solutions across the digital value chain. Our solutions help clients to engineer new-generation products and services focused on the digital age and transform digital experience, modernize the operational process, and optimize resources.

     

    We are a process-centric organization and have demonstrated an exceptional record in implementation for variety of verticals and domains. We have customized processes and engagement models to suit the needs of clients. The combination of services and engineering expertise makes us a unique technology partner for our esteemed clients. We are backed by a team of experts who provide comprehensive implementation, support, and maintenance services to accelerate your return on investment.

     

    Our Senior Management has worked for leading IT/consulting companies of the world like Infosys, Accenture, Deloitte, TCS, Capgemini, RBS and UBS Bank. Wishtree is headquartered in India having development centres in Pune and Ahmedabad.

     

    Highlights

    • Partner to UN agencies like UNESCO, UNHCR, UNCDF, UNDP, UNFPA, IOM and World Bank
    • Strengthened by alliances with leading technology vendors like AWS and MongoDB
    • Compliant with globally accepted processes and standards
    • Compliant with ISO 9001:2015 on Quality Management System
    • Awarded Best SME in IT for web and mobile
    • Track Record of on time delivery
    • Expertise on Open Source technologies to provide optimal Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
    • Governed by a strong leadership team with combined experience of over 100 years in technology and management
  • Programs

    We specialize in assisting you with your cross-culture training and consulting needs with focus on the United States of America and India. Our team has experience working or living between the two cultures onsite and/or virtually.

    Expat Preparation

    Expat Preparation

    Sending your team to the US or hiring foreign professionals and relocating them to the US can be a risky proposition. We can provide pre-departure, onsite or repatriation coaching to boost cross-cultural readiness.

     

    Expat Preparation Programs:

    Short Term US Business Trips

    Long Term US Expat Assignments & Relocation

    Work Effectively on Virtual Teams

    Work Effectively on Virtual Teams

    We specialize in helping offshore teams work effectively with Americans on virtual teams. Our cross-cultural training programs have helped thousands like you.

     

    Virtual Meetings that Impress US Americans

    Presentation Skills for Virtual Teams

    Email and Business Writing

    Small Talk with US Americans

    Working With India: Cross-Culture Training

    Working With India: Cross-Culture Training

    Our facilitators have worked in India for up to a decade. Our Managing Director has lived and ran her own business in India for 6.5 years. We can help you to build context and bridge culture gaps with professionals from India on virtual teams, going onsite to India, or with your expat colleagues from India.

     

    Read more about Working With India: Cross-Culture Training.

  • Our Team

    Professionals showcased work with us on projects as need arises.

    Yolanda Owens

    Yolanda Owens

    Promotion through brand storytelling

    Arundhati Das

    Arundhati Das

    Client Engagement

    English Coaching (Virtual)

    Urvi Khona

    Urvi Khona

    Intern

    Client Engagement

    Event Planning

    Top Bracket Company

    Kalpesh Khona

    Website Development

    Preethi Kannath, Virtual Training & Consultation

    Preethi Kannath

    Virtual Training & Consultation

    Client Engagement

    English Coaching

    Instructional Design

    Luis Gonzales, Culture & Communication Specialist & Trainer

    Luis Gonzáles

    Culture & Communication Specialist & Trainer

    Business Development

    Client Engagement

    Trainer/Facilitator

    Anandi Merchant, Digital Consultant Services

    Anandi Merchant

    Social Media Advising & SEO Auditing

  • Our Story

    Acquaint yourself with Jennifer Kumar and Authentic Journeys.

    Jennifer Kumar

    Jennifer Kumar

    Managing Director and Principal Facilitator & Coach

    Jennifer has a connection with India. It may have started with a dream she had back in college in the US that took her to study in Madras Christian College, India. Who can be sure? What we do know is Jennifer has not only earned a Master's Degree in India, but she has also started a business in India, lived in a cross-cultural family in India (married to an Indian citizen), has lived in India a decade of her life and will add to her 30 trips between the US and India since 1998.

     

    Her professional background includes working with international project accounts in Harvard University, international students at various US universities and as a social worker in Upstate New York. She has been building Authentic Journeys since 2009. See more about Authentic Journeys' client and project portfolio at LinkedIn.

    Where is Salt Lake City?

    Highlights of our background & Where We Are Now!

    2009 - Started with tutoring international students and J2 and H4 international spouses

    2012 - Registered as Authentic Journeys Consultancy Private Limited in Kerala, India, Office in Infopark, Kochi

    2018 - Registered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Authentic Journeys LLC

     

    Authentic Journeys is an international company registered in the US and India. As the company head, Jennifer Kumar currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, and we work with our clients onsite or online, we have no office in the US at present. We continue to maintain our virtual incubation in Kochi, India (NRI TBI).

  • Get in Touch

  • Blog

     The Authentic Journeys has over 850 posts with over 2,750,000 hits!

    Here are three recent posts as of the publication of this chronicle.

    Jennifer with incubation team in India, celebrating Onam.

    Written by: Jennifer Kumar

    Taken from my life as an American expat working and living in India for a decade, these tips will help you to relate better to your Indian counterparts on a day to day basis on your virtual team. (Image above: Jennifer with incubation team in India, celebrating Onam.)

    Communicating commitment to US Americans

    Written by: Jennifer Kumar

    In India the use of "ok" and "yes" can be interpreted as "I'm listening, continue..." But, in the US, Americans may think you are agreeing or making a commitment when saying 'ok' or 'yes.' Read this to learn how to communicate so Americans understand your intent.

    Office Holidays in India 2019

    Written by: Jennifer Kumar

    As you plan out your year with your India based team or expat colleagues from India, check out this list of Indian holidays.

    Leave Days in the USA 2019

    Written by: Jennifer Kumar

    Plan your offshore workflow with the use of this US holiday list. Don't forget to double check against your stakeholder's official leave calendar.