OUR TEAM

Jennifer Iannolo (ya-‘KNOW-low)

Founder & CEO

Whether sharing her insights at the United Nations, Harvard, or around the world on behalf of the U.S. State Department, Jennifer is a global empowerment catalyst. She is a lifelong entrepreneur and digital pioneer, and released her empowerment manifesto, No One is Coming, in late 2018.

In 2015, Jennifer launched The Concordia Project to explore a global conversation of inclusive empowerment. In 2019 the project evolved into IMPERIA, a global resource for women’s leadership development, including an innovation incubator to gather high-potential women from every country on Earth to collaborate and support one another.

As a pioneer in digital content, Jennifer co-created Culinary Media Network® — the world’s first all-food podcast channel — in 2006. She’s been featured in media from television to Bloomberg Businessweek, to a New York Times bestseller, and the documentary Eat. Cook. Love.

While an undergraduate at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she built her second company and chaired a conference on social entrepreneurship (before it was an official major or buzzword). Today she collaborates with leaders in social impact, including UN Women and 1M1B, and often speaks about social initiatives at her alma mater, the NYU Stern School of Business. Jennifer lives in New York City, but considers the globe her home.

For more information about Jennifer’s speaking engagements, or to book her as a speaker, please contact us directly.

Gina del Tito (dell ‘TEE toh)

Program Consultant

Gina del Tito is a champion of dialogue, community development, and social justice. A certified project manager, she has a 10-year history of building innovative programs and vibrant networks within internationally-focused, mission-driven organizations.

Previously the Americas Program Manager for Generation Global, an initiative of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, she facilitates dialogue and creates spaces for young people and educators to become more open-minded and inclusive.

She has worked for the British Foreign Commonwealth Office, with a dual role in championing British Council’s thought leadership in US higher education, as well as society programming in sport for development and community capacity building within Native American tribes.

She started her career managing international study abroad and internship programs for multiple non-profit organizations in Manhattan. After completing a double major in International Studies and French and Francophone Studies at Dickinson College, she taught English in France before moving to the Big Apple.

Gina sits on the Associate Board of PlayRugby USA, a social justice youth organization, committed to leveraging the unique power of rugby to empower and inspire young people in New York City.

Gina grew up in Philadelphia and has lived in Baltimore, Carlisle, France, Cameroon, and New York. Gina currently lives with her partner in Crown Heights, next to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

Sophia Dumesny (‘DOO may nee)

Program Intern

Sophia is a student at UC Berkeley studying in the Global Management Program under the Haas School of Business, and is also pursuing a second degree in French. Her French-American dual citizenship has led her to seek an international career, and she strongly believes in the importance of adopting a global mindset. She is an active member of Berkeley Women in Business where they encourage and prepare young women to pursue careers in the business field. She has also been involved in various fundraising events, one of which helped fund the construction of a school in Dion, Haiti. Sophia is passionate about working in a cross-cultural environment with an interest in sustainable development.

Mahrukh Shaikh

Mahrukh Shaikh (SHAYK)

Program Intern

Mahrukh is a student at New York University studying Business and Finance with a minor in Interactive Media Arts and Marketing. Being from Abu Dhabi, UAE, as well as having a Pakistani nationality has led her into being comfortable with and seeking international experiences, reaching towards a connected global network. Being both a part of UBA [Undergraduate Business Association] as well as actively being in Women at Work clubs in NYU, she takes an active step towards working with her interests and goals. She has been involved in several professional projects relating to art and business and actively researches and writes papers around social and gender issues. Mahrukh is passionate about global work with a keen interest in business and social impact.

Special thanks to the talented interns who helped with our initial research, launch & pilot program:

ABEER PAMUK (pa-‘MOOK)

INTERN: INNOVATION INCUBATOR

Abeer is an experienced communications professional with a focus in creating human-interest content for fundraising and program development in vulnerable regions.

A native of Aleppo, Syria, she worked on the frontlines of the Syrian war to create communications packages to support the fundraising efforts for SOS Children’s Villages. She went into the field to document the impact of their programs by interviewing beneficiaries and capturing their stories.

She also worked as a Crisis and Emergency Communications Advisor in the regional office of SOS in Casablanca, Morocco. There, she created guidelines and strategies that aim to improve the quality of communications for offices across 8 countries.

In 2017 Abeer was selected to be a fellow with Atlas Corps, a fellowship program for social change leaders in the United States. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Peace Studies at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

JESSICA WEI (WAY)

INTERN: RESEARCH

Jessica is a senior at New York University majoring in Public Health and Sociology. She is dedicated to servant leadership and structural justice, having volunteered at organizations including The Bridge Project and Clay St Table. Jessica is passionate about self-defined feminine power around the globe, and is assisting us with the first stages of our global research study.

ADVISORS

MONIQUE AIKEN

MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE INVESTMENT INTEGRATION PROJECT

Monique is Managing Director of The Investment Integration Project, a consulting services and applied research firm that provides advice, thought leadership and a turnkey solution to help investors manage systemic risks and opportunities. She has been the host of ‘The Reconstruction,’ a podcast series hosted at ImpactAlpha, where she is also a Contributing Editor. Monique is co-founder of Make Justice Normal, a growing collective seeking to open space for people working to move capital towards justice and the ReStarter Fund, an economic and climate justice initiative aiming to be a small business lifeline in these unique times.

Monique has been guiding investors in aligning their social impact and investment objectives for over a decade, after nearly 15 years in financial services with Bank of America, Citigroup, and Deutsche Bank. Her experience includes time as Vice President of Programs, at Mission Investors Exchange, a 250+ member network for outcomes focused practitioners in impact investing; Director at Tideline, a boutique strategy consultant in impact investing; and Project Manager for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project at the Clinton Foundation.

Monique serves on the Investment Committee for the NYU Impact Investment Fund and the Steering Committee for the Intentional Endowments Network. She is a member of the Fast Company Executive Board, an invitation-only professional organization of company founders, executives, and leaders who are defining the future of business and a Founding Member of Sapiens Impact. Monique also serves on the Board of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, whose mission is to transform communities by equipping the most promising nonprofit leaders with the skills, confidence, and resources they need to make their organizations effective, innovative, and sustainable and the Advisory Boards for Pivotal Advisors, the first Black/Afro-Latina led OCIO, and Imperia Global, a global innovation & leadership development organization for women changing the world.

In addition, Monique is a proud Toigo, SEO, and INROADS alum and holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, where she specialized in Financial Instruments and Markets and a B.Sc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

JEFF HOFFMAN

FOUNDER OF PRICELINE.COM

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album, and executive producer of an Emmy Award winning TV show. He has been the founder of multiple startups, has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, ColorJar, and more.

Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in more than 150 countries. He also serves on the boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week and The Unreasonable Group. He supports the White House, the US State Department, the United Nations, and foreign governments on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship.

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries, on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. He is the co-author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis. Jeff is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Jeff received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national CEO council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, and he received the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital, as well as receiving the George Brown Award for International Cooperation.

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.

LISA PETRO

SR. EDUCATION ADVISOR, TONY BLAIR INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

Lisa is a leading curriculum development expert specializing in the design of multicultural programs, with a focus on intercultural communication and project-based learning structures. Prior to her work with the Tony Blair Institute, she developed IMPERIA’s core programming, and is a certified Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator for the assessment of intercultural sensitivity.

Lisa is the former Curriculum Development Director for Everest of Apples (in collaboration with NEST NGO), which promotes quality education in developing countries, and has designed curriculum and teacher training workshops in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China, Mexico, Albania, Palestine and Taiwan. She also co-founded Know My World, a cross-cultural exchange program that has brought together students and teachers from 15 countries worldwide. Lisa is a frequent speaker at the United Nations and global education conferences.