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Jenna Arnold is an American businessperson and serial entrepreneur. She is known as the co-founder of ORGANIZE, for her work at the United Nations and MTV, and most recently as a National Organizer for the Women's March on Washington.
Jenna Arnold is the Chief Impact Officer at a venture fund, Rethink Capital Partners ($1B AUM), helping shape the fund's plan for meaningful and measurable impact across education, community, food, and women-led companies. She comes to this work as an entrepreneur and activist — enthusiastic about the possibilities to do well and do good within such ecosystems.
Arnold is also the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit focused on ending the waitlist for organ transplants in America. ORGANIZE has single-handedly reversed an archaic system garnering support and Executive Orders from both the 44th and 45th presidents. She seeded a series of investigative exposes in The New York Times, Washington Post, and other news outlets worldwide. Additionally, Arnold packaged nearly $300 million worth of commitments from NASA to the Department of Defense to end the organ donation crisis.
For her work at ORGANIZE, Arnold 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 consistently featured HBO’s Last Week Tonight and CNN as a primary vehicle for ending the deadly waitlist.
For her recent work as one of the organizers of the Women’s March, she was recognized with a Glamour Women of the Year award. She also has been named to Oprah’s 100 Super Soul Influencers, Inc. Magazine's 35 Under 35 List, the World’s Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers, and in 2017, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Previously, Arnold was the Executive Producer and Creator of one of MTV’s hit TV shows, ‘Exiled!' and was the youngest American to work at the United Nations where she created multi-platform programming and impact evaluation framework. Jenna has taught in 13 countries with a laser focus on citizenship education and has authored 15 different curricula.
She sits on the board of Women’s March Global and the African Mission Healthcare Foundation and lives in New York with her husband and two young children, who are anti-sleep.
In May of 2020, Arnold is publishing a groundbreaking book, Raising Our Hands, on the research she has been conducting around the state of the American woman. Inside, she asks white women to have a radical and honest conversation with themselves about race, identity, privilege, and power — and how they can use their influence to take an active role in creating a better future. Additionally, Arnold is launching a Back to Basics tour to bring civic engagement back to small towns across the U.S.
Social Innovation Disruptors: Debra Sterling, founder of Goldieblox & Jenna Arnold of ORGANIZE
Raise Your Hand (and Your Bottom Line)
Jenna Arnold, author of the forthcoming book, Raising Our Hand (May 2020), shares her personal journey and proprietary research to help women understand what holds them back and how to navigate their insecurities.
With audiences, she examines the sources of American women’s belief in perfection, their role in society, and how they can create more meaningful lives and careers.
She also dives into the many contradictions of ourselves. Because of a fear of “getting it wrong,” and “avoiding the tension” or “maintaining the peace,” women regularly table their power and influence on the sidelines — when it could be used to save lives, including their own. These same women often want to step in, to be heard, and to help. But they don’t know how. The result? They opt out of taking action altogether.
Geared towards women throughout the corporate spectrum, this talk is a call-to-action for upper management to learn how to tap into the extraordinary pools of talent they likely have on their payroll who are just too insecure to raise their hands. She helps leaders and audiences understand how their influence, power, and voice can better serve those most in need, and how they can take an active role in creating a better future.
*This speech is suited for corporations, high school, and university audiences, and particularly women. This can also be customized and structured as a workshop.
Creativity to Drive Change
As co-founder of one of the “biggest ideas in social change” according to The New York Times, and lauded by Oprah as one of the "100 Awakened Leaders who are using their voice and talent to elevate humanity," Jenna Arnold has relied on creativity to be the driving force behind authentic and sustained social change.
Building a constituency of supporters inside and outside of a target industry is key to achieving goals. Arnold has taken some of the hardest-to-grasp concepts and simplified the message — through storytelling and design — to get the attention of presidents, international governments, and Main Street USA to meet long-term objectives and make real change happen.
*This speech is geared toward entrepreneurs, politicians, senior business leaders, international government agencies, and can also be customized and structured as a workshop.
Daring Discussions: How to Communicate Through Conflict
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 delivered by Jenna Arnold that teaches participants how to do the hard work: communicating successfully through conflict. Daring Discussions provides audiences with a model of leadership and engagement both in and out of the workplace.
The New Frontlines of Democracy
Since organizing the Women’s March of 2017, Jenna Arnold has worked with a number of behavioral and crowd scientists to identify who, why, and how people are showing up to the often-charged conversations of our time.
While the country has never seen this level of “activism” and participation before, Arnold challenges the common understanding of where the frontlines of democratic work actually lives. No longer is it just in the voting booth or in the halls on Capitol Hill. Americans are taking action from inside their homes and businesses. They are creating organic movements, enlisting others, and working in unsuspecting groups — asking questions about their role and impact on the world with regard to diversity, bias, societal norms that need to be broken, and legacy.
With audiences, Arnold explores these newly-structured questions and the best ways to catapult ourselves individually and collectively to best-practice answers.
*This speech is geared toward diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, politics and policy, and world affairs events. The idea is that we need to be working in a lane that, traditionally, societies and institutions haven’t. This can also be customized to be a full-day workshop with business leaders, board meetings, and executive briefings.
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