Jacki Zehner On Women, Money, and Changing the World

January 19, 2017

March On!

img_5675As published in LinkedIn Influencers on January 19th, 2017.

In the hours following November’s election, a Facebook event was created for a rally in Washington, DC. The date? January 21st. The day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. Within hours, similar event pages had been created and thousands had indicated that they would be going. By Day 1, many of these pages had been merged, and the Women’s March on Washington went from being an idea to reality. By Day 2, leaders from diverse backgrounds were brought in to ensure that as wide a range of voices as possible would be heard. Within a month, over 100 organizations had lent their support and resources to the organization of the event. And on January 12th, organizers released their official policy program, which outlined an aggressively progressive proposal that was lauded for its unapologetic stance on many of this nation’s most pressing and crucial political and social issues. It is estimated that up to 250,000 people will attend the march in Washington, with sister marches planned in all 50 states. Potentially millions more will march in over 150 cities in 60 countries across all six continents worldwide. It will be the largest demonstration on the first day of a new administration in the history of the United States, and it all started with a simple Facebook event group.

It will likely…

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January 01, 2017

2017. The Year of Wonder Women.

wwAs published on LinkedIn Influencers on December 31st, 2016.

I believe in the story of Wonder Woman. I always have. Not the literal baby being made from clay story, but the metaphorical one. I believe in a story where a woman is the hero and not the victim. I believe in a story where a woman is strong and not weak. Where a woman can fall in love with a man, but she doesn’t need a man. Where a woman can stand on her own two feet. And above all else, I believe in a story where a woman has superpowers that she uses to help others, and yes, I believe that a woman can help save the world.

This month marks the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman in DC’s All Star Comics #8 in December, 1941. She was introduced as an Amazon warrior who was sent to the world of men to fight against the biggest threat facing the world at that time; the Nazi party in World War II. Since her debut, Wonder Woman has come to stand for justice, progress, equality, and fiercely strong women the world over, and she has inspired me countless times in my life and career. I constantly tell myself to strive to be a superhero, and when times get tough, I ask myself, “What would Wonder Woman do?”

In 1972, the premiere issue of Ms. magazine put Wonder Woman on its cover and boldly proclaimed, “Wonder…

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December 22, 2016

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…A List of FAVS for 2016

hallaAs published on LinkedIn Influencers on December 22nd, 2016.

There’s been so many new and amazing things to discover this past year, I thought I’d share some of my favorites before we all disappear into turkey comas once more. Feel free to share your own in each of these categories.

5 – Books of 2016

Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual (For A Sexist Workplace) by Jessica Bennett – What began as a monthly gathering for women to vent about the sexism they were encountering at work eventually gave birth to the Feminist Fight Club, a no holds barred survival guide/manifesto for working women everywhere. Filled with personal stories, research, statistics, and hard hitting advice, Jessica Bennett’s Feminist Fight Club is a sassy and fun-read.

Gender Lens Investing: Uncovering Opportunities for Growth, Returns, and Impact by Joseph Quinlan and Jackie VanderBrug – Women today are an unparalleled force in the global economy—as successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives and family breadwinners. Yet gender-based violence, the absence of women’s legal rights, and the persistent wage gap stubbornly remain. This paradox creates an unprecedented and underexplored opportunity for investors. This is the first book of its kind to examine, in-depth, the advantages of integrating gender into investment analysis. I have been advocating for years for gender lens investing, and I was thrilled when I heard about this book’s development and publication. I have also known Jackie VanderBrug for years and I am a huge fan….

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