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“Complacency is the cancer of humanity. If you’re not doing something to make the world a bit better, then you’re not doing your job.”
Jenna Arnold is an educator, entrepreneur, activist and mother who lives between the suburbs of Philadelphia and New York City with her husband and two children, who are anti-sleep.
Oprah named Jenna as one of her “100 Awakened Leaders who are using their voice and talent to elevate humanity”. She has been called a “disruptor” in every industry in which she has dabbled from elementary school classrooms to halls of the United Nations, MTV, and the White House. Her recent book, ‘Raising Our Hands' was released on a number of Best Seller lists in the summer of 2020 and was lauded as “one of the few privileged voices we should be reading right now” by Porchlight.
Jenna is a frequent contributor to CNN, MSNBC and FOX as well as international news outlets. Her passion as an educator lands her on many stages speaking and facilitating workshops around the state of the United States and foreign policy. Her ability to simplify complex subjects lures audiences to her social media feeds for clarification on headlines & turn-key ways for them to be part of the solution.
For her work as one of the National Organizers of the 2017 Women’s March, Jenna was recognized with a Glamour Women of the Year Award. Jenna is currently the Chief Impact Officer for an impact investing platform, Rethink Capital Partners, funding companies working to solve some of the world’s most complex problems.
She is the Co-Founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit focused on ending the waitlist for organ transplants in the US. ORGANIZE was awarded an Innovator in Residence position in the Secretary’s Office of Health and Human Services and co-hosted the White House Organ Donation Summit, which, in addition to other initiatives, launched $300 million worth of commitments across multiple sectors. Since then, an Executive Order has been signed and legislation proposed to increase the number of life-saving, transplantable organs. For her work at ORGANIZE Jenna was named one Inc’s “20 Most Disruptive Innovators,” the New York Times called ORGANIZE one of the “Biggest Ideas in Social Change,” and the organization has been covered by CNN, Washington Post, US News, FastCompany, Forbes, ESPN, Slate, SELF, UpWorthy and HBO’s Last Week Tonight.
Previously, Jenna was the Executive Producer and Creator of one of MTV’s hit TV shows, ‘Exiled!’ which took privileged American teenagers to live with indigenous cultures around the world. While at the United Nations she helped create multi-platform programming for MTV and Showtime with A-list celebrities like Jay-Z and Angelina Jolie.
Jenna received a graduate degree from Columbia University's Teachers College in International Education Development and BS.Edu and minor in astro-physics from the University of Miami. She has taught in many countries with a laser focus on citizenship education and has authored more than a dozen different curricula on the subject.
Jenna sits on a number of boards, including the Sesame Workshop Leadership Council and the Africa Mission Hospital Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an emeritus World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper.
Social Innovation Disruptors: Debra Sterling, founder of Goldieblox & Jenna Arnold of ORGANIZE
Jenna Arnold's Speech Topics
Finding YOUR Place on the New Frontlines
Since organizing the Women’s March of 2017, Jenna has worked with a number of behavioral scientists, activists & scholars to identify where the frontlines of civic participation actually are.
Americans are redefining their civic work under the roofs of their homes, in their boardrooms, creating organic movements, enlisting untapped constituents, working in unsuspecting groups and asking questions about their role and impact on the world. So many are starting to ask questions about diversity, bias, societal norms and social justice and aren’t quite sure where to start.
We'll look at communities as units of change, how to rebuild civic bonds, changing culture & norms. We’ll explore these newly structured questions and best ways to catapult ourselves individually and collectively toward best practices.
The world we live in is one increasingly focused on the things that divide us. Many of us find ourselves either arguing unproductively or completely avoiding issues that deeply impact our society and the future. We are more informed and technologically connected now than ever before, yet our ability to have open, honest, and respectful dialogue across differing perspectives and opinions seems even more at risk.
Using the best strategies for navigating confrontation, defusing defensiveness, and finding common ground in shared values, Daring Discussions is a workshop that teaches participants how to do the hard work: communicate through conflict.
The time to be intentionally vulnerable is NOW. The time to push beyond the confines of comfortable conversations is NOW.
Raise Your Hand...& the Bottom Line
Geared towards women, and their allies, throughout the corporate spectrum, Jenna shares her personal journey and proprietary research to help women understand what holds them back and how to navigate their insecurities.
We examine the sources of their belief in perfection, their intentionally making themselves invisible, and how they opt-out of difficult conversations for the sake of ‘keeping the peace’ all while they’re desperate to be heard and to have more meaningful lives.
This is also a call-to-action for the upper management of the extraordinary pool of talent they likely already have on their payroll who might be voluntarily holding themselves back.
The Grace of Grey: How to Hold Contradicting Truths at the Same Time
The division that we are used to seeing in the political ring has moved off of our TVs and into our boardrooms, cul de sacs & under our roofs.
Americans aren't often taught how to hold complex and competing sets of facts at the same time. Our natural instinct is to scramble to one polarized side and hold our ground until the tense conversation is over.
The only way we're going to find a way to each other, either as colleagues with a shared professional mission or as neighbors with the same goals for our communities, is to embrace and act in the most courageous and vulnerable of ways.
This speech helps audiences peel back thoughts and behaviors that prevent them from retreating to battle line and facilitate productive pathways forward.
How do we name the principles and ideals that motivate us?
What challenges do we face and how can we help each other address them?
How do we build this into a collective effort that will be more than the sum of its parts?
How to Be an Ally, Advocate, Activist & Accomplice...& Why NONE of Those Terms Matter in the End
Black communities are tired of struggling to be heard. It's time for white Americans to speak up—even if they don't know WHAT or HOW to do it. The work must move beyond casual allyship and be focused on fighting complacency—in our homes, our behaviors, and our own minds.
It's time to move beyond protests and petitions. It's time to take the steps beyond corporate statements. It's time for all Americans to become students of inequity to understand how they benefit within these oppressive systems and learn how to dismantle these deeply embedded constructs. Most folks and corporation don't know where to start, fortunately, we do.
Society will likely no longer accept performative or opportunistic ally-ship from anyone or anything.
The Re-Education of (the) US
As a former elementary school teacher Jenna spent a lot of time teaching her students about the world and their role in it. The catch is: she taught them all wrong.
In this session, Jenna walks through the historical lies we were taught that have been comfortably tucked in the pages of our textbooks for generations. She points out the lies we tell ourselves as a result of the societal rules and structures designed around us and how we can, in peeling back the layers of the myths that have propped up the narrative about the United States, start to rebuild a foundation of truth that is sturdy enough for justice to prosper.
What does our culture encourage and more importantly, what does it permit? The time has come to translate words into action, and help move purpose to progress.
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