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.

LISA PETRO (PEE-tro)

DIRECTOR OF CURRICULUM

Lisa Petro is an international educator, speaker and curriculum development expert. With a deep understanding of how people learn optimally despite various cultures and backgrounds, Lisa co-founded Know My World LLC, a global education organization that has connected participants in over 24 countries. As the organization’s Executive Director, Lisa has created a variety of programs that focus on the human condition as a component of learning through project-based structures and intercultural competencies. Know My World’s projects have been featured in learning communities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the State University of New York, Preparatorias del Tecnologico de Monterrey ITESM, and numerous public and private schools around the world.

Lisa’s passion for motivating students inspired her to live abroad and research various methods of teaching, cultural and socioeconomic learning gaps, and the impact of learning in homo- and heterogeneous societies. She was selected to participate as an ELA educator and cultural ambassador through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, a highly-competitive program through the Japanese Ministry of Education that selects only 4,000 participants from 40 countries each year. During her time in Japan, she served as the Curriculum Development Director for Everest of Apples, a local organization dedicated to providing quality educational practices to developing countries. Lisa was invited by Nepali Education Support Trust (NGO) to design and implement teacher training workshops to government and private school teachers in Hetauda, Nepal.

Lisa has participated in discussions at the prestigious Garrison Institute, and presented keynotes and workshops at several major international conferences including the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) in Shanghai, China, and Bangkok, Thailand, IV Congreso de Preparatoria, Preparatorias del Tecnólogico de Monterrey, ITESM in Guadalajara, Mexico, SUNY Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning Conference in New York and SUNY New Paltz Multicultural Education Conference. As a curriculum development consultant, Lisa has developed programming and facilitator training workshops for organizations internationally, including programs in Mexico and Palestine.

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.

ADVISORS

MONIQUE AIKEN

VP OF PROGRAMS, MISSION INVESTORS EXCHANGE

Monique Aiken is the Vice President of Programs at Mission Investors Exchange, where she delivers programming that leverages the innovation, experience, and talent within and beyond the exchange’s vibrant network.

Prior to joining Mission Investors Exchange, Monique was a Director at Tideline, a consulting firm providing tailored advice to clients developing impact investment strategies, products and solutions. Before that, she was Project Manager at the Clinton Foundation for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a women’s empowerment initiative led by Secretary Clinton. Before that, she served as Business Development Manager for the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Monique was a VP in the Commodity Derivatives Sales group at Deutsche Bank where she managed client relationships with Oil and Gas (E&P), Utility, and Consumer Products companies in both the United States and Latin America.

Before earning an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where she majored in Financial Instruments and Markets, Monique worked for Citigroup in both the US and European Debt Capital Markets groups. She began her career as an Analyst at Bank of America in the Credit Products group after graduating with a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Monique is literate and conversational in both Spanish and Portuguese. She serves as Secretary of the Board for 200 Orphanages Worldwide, a non-profit that supports efforts to build safe shelter for vulnerable children. An advanced beginner tenor saxophone player, Monique also enjoys running, pilates, and salsa dancing, though she does none of the above as often as she should.

JEANETTE BRONÉE

FOUNDER OF PATH FOR LIFE

Jeanette Bronée is an international keynote and 2 time TEDx speaker, who focuses on how to fuel performance, leadership and culture from the inside out. She believes our most important resource is our humanity and she teaches leaders how to make health and wellbeing the foundation for sustainable personal and company success by using self-care AT work to transform company culture and the way we work.

After both her parents died of cancer just one year apart and a doctor told her it was only a matter of when she would get cancer, too, she quit her high stress job in the fashion industry to found Path for Life®with the goal of forging a better way to integrate life with work. For the past 15 years, she has coached leaders to take better care of themselves, so they can be both healthy and busy without stress and burn-out. As a result, her clients learn to be better leaders and live more nourished lives by implementing leadership self-care AT work and build a culture of C.A.R.E. where everyone works better.

Born in Denmark, she holds a master’s degree in business development and marketing from Niels Brock Business Academy. She is a certified Integrative Nutrition and Meta-Medicine health coach, a felt sense Focusing trainer, Mindfulness Teacher and Ericksonian Hypno-Therapist. (Don’t worry she doesn’t do tricks.) She founded Path for Life inc. in 2004 to bring awareness to how we can be busy and live healthy at the same time.

She is the author of “EAT TO FEEL FULL and Nourish Yourself for Good” which encourages people to forget the word “diet” and instead focus on using food and self-care habits as a tool to gain daily and long-term optimal wellbeing, performance and health.

When she is not traveling to speak, consult, coach or teach workshops, she lives in New York City and the Catskills, where she grows veggies, makes dinner with friends, does yoga in the woods, hikes and writes while also continuing to explore how to best create a healthy change in company cultures around the world, so that everyone can thrive.

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.

DONYA NASSER

Donya Nasser recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University where she studied Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies as an Honors student and McNair Scholar. She is passionate about advocating for gender equality and reproductive justice on both a domestic and international level; empowering women, youth, and minorities to become civically engaged and run for office, and contributing to Middle East policy while combating stigmas and stereotypes. She has interned for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, and the Brennan Center for Justice.

Donya served as the 2015-2016 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations and a Truman-Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently the youngest Board Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board. She is a 2016 Humanity in Action Fellow, 2015 TRIALS Scholar, and 2014 PPIA Fellow. She has previously served as a member of the Advocates for Youth Young Women of Color Leadership Council, the President of the College Democrats of New York, and  AAUW Youth Representative to the United Nations. A Truman Scholar, she intends to pursue a joint degree and prepare herself for a career in public service and foreign affairs so to be in a position to better serve women and underrepresented communities across the country and the world. She has supported these marginalized groups through her academic successes, leadership advancements, and social media opportunities.

Donya believes in the power of galvanizing younger generations, who embody the potential of our future to secure equality and justice for all. She is a 2016 Bustle Upstart Award Honoree, 2015 recipient of the WIN Young Women of Achievement Award in Service/Nonprofit Advocacy, and a 2014 Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Woman and L’Oréal College Woman of Worth. She has been featured on ABC, Al-Hurra, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, the L.A. Times, MSNBC, and Voice of America. She was named one of CDS’ 2016 “30 Under 30 Leaders of Tomorrow” and Persian Tech Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ “100 Most Influential Persian Entrepreneurs and Innovators of 2015”. She has been a speaker for the Iranian American Women Foundation, the International Association for Volunteer Effort, AYUDH, the United Nations, and many more conferences. Donya is currently attending SOAS, University of London as a recipient of both the John Loiello and Kamran Djam Scholarships to earn an MA in Iranian Studies.

RINA NEOH

CO-FOUNDER OF FICUS VENTURE CAPITAL

Rina Neoh has more than 20 years of experience in both the corporate and entrepreneurial world. With a solid foundation in B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science and a keen business sense acquired through an overseas MBA (International Business), Rina has delivered multi-million dollar returns from small business enterprises, which she has incubated, coached, invested in or promoted. Rina is also instrumental in two IPOs in Australian Stock Exchange and have executed complex cross border mergers and acquisitions. A seasoned executive with an operations and systems perspective, Rina is well known for setting up and developing companies across Asia Pacific, including brick-and-mortar and technology-enabled enterprises.

Rina is the Founder/Investor of EduTech Asia Group of Companies that focuses on bringing thousands of educators from across Asia to evaluate and plan for the future of learning. She currently sits on the Board of MATRADE and also the Senator Representing Malaysia for the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), an international organisation aiming to ease access to finance for businesses from start to scale up.

Rina co-founded Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, a homegrown incubator based in Singapore and a venture accelerator since 2006. Through its angel networks, Mercatus Group provided seed capital to promising new small ventures, with more than 60 startups seeded and incubated in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, India, China and Hong Kong. Rina holds strategic management roles, directorships and equities in Mercatus Capital, Synapse Global, Unlimited Brands, MindChamps International PreSchool Philippines, Ficus Venture Capital & Fintech Lab.

In addition to managing various companies as director or investor, Rina finds time to serve as business coach and adviser to several business advisory boards, NGOs & Universities. Rina spends most of her free time advocating “greenfield” businesses, promoting social entrepreneurship, women empowerment and volunteerism work.

KATE O’NEILL

TECH HUMANIST, FOUNDER OF KO INSIGHTS

Kate O’Neill is known as “the Tech Humanist.” She is helping humanity prepare for an increasingly tech-driven future by teaching business how to make technology that’s better for humans.

Kate has led innovations across technology, marketing, and operations for more than 20 years in companies from startups to Fortune 500s. Among her prior achievements, she created the first content management role at Netflix; developed Toshiba America’s first intranet; led cutting-edge online optimization work at Magazines.com; was founder & CEO of [meta]marketer, a first-of-its-kind analytics and digital strategy agency; and held leadership and advisory positions in a variety of digital content and technology startups.

Kate is a favorite keynote speaker for audiences of leaders from companies such as Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Cisco, Kelly Services, and Charles Schwab; cities such as Amsterdam; universities such as Vanderbilt; and many more well-known organizations. She was featured by Google in the launch of their global campaign for women in entrepreneurship. Her insights and expertise have been featured in outlets like WIRED, and she has appeared as an expert commentator on the likes of BBC, NPR, Marketplace, and NBC News.

Kate now lives in New York City, where she writes prolifically and contributes to numerous outlets on an eclectic array of topics, but her primary focus as both a writer and speaker is on the future of meaningful human experiences. Her latest book, Tech Humanist: How You Can Make Technology Better for Business and Better for Humans, launched in late 2018.

TAMEKA VASQUEZ

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, MARKETING AT EIGEN TECHNOLOGIES

Tameka is a marketing and business development strategist, startup advisor, graduate school professor, and speaker, with nearly a decade of experience working for global technology companies. She is currently Associate Director of Marketing at an international artificial intelligence company, and is a professor of marketing management at St. John’s University.

Tameka serves as a strategic advisor to the HR tech startup, Opus AI, and she is a council member of the Disruptive Technologists Think Tank. As a speaker, Tameka has participated in conferences and thought leadership events in various cities within North America, Africa, and Europe, exploring topics intersecting future of business, disruptive technology, and human development. She holds an MS in Information Strategy and Knowledge Management from Columbia University. She was a 2018 recipient of the Innovators and Disruptors award sponsored by New York on Tech and NBC Universal.