Jacki Zehner On Women, Money, and Changing the World

May 01, 2016

It’s National SUPER Hero Day! But Where Oh Where is Wonder Woman?

IMG_9175Last month Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered to scathing critical reviews, record breaking box office returns, and a storm of controversy. Both a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and the next step in DC Comic’s attempt to create a cinematic universe to rival the wildly successful Marvel franchise, Batman v Superman had a lot riding on it. You would think that the main draw of a film titled Batman v Superman would be the chance for fans to see two of the biggest comic book icons duking it out onscreen for the first time, but pre-sale surveys told a different story. In one survey, a whopping 88% of respondents indicated that Wonder Woman’s introduction to the big screen was what they were most excited to see, and while I didn’t take part in that particular survey, anyone who knows me even a little knows that that’s the box I’d check without a moment’s hesitation. So forget Dawn of Justice, might we be at the dawn of a new era of superhero films? Namely, ones featuring a female character in the lead role? I think YES! And Wonder Woman will be leading the charge.

I have never been shy about declaring my love for Wonder Woman. I have loved this character since I was a child, and today, anyone who visits my house will invariably find themselves on a tour of my Wonder Woman room where I display all of the memorabilia that I’ve collected over the years….

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April 27, 2016

What I Would Tell The Next President

president picOriginally published on LinkedIn Influencers on April 23rd, 2016

On January 29th, 2009, a mere nine days after being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It was his first piece of legislation as President, and it set the stage for a presidency that has been visibly committed to equal rights for men and women. Since that historic day over seven years ago, Obama has reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, signed into law the Affordable Care Act, created the Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the White House Council on Women and Girls, issued an executive order that mandated federal contractors to publish pay data according to gender and race in order to combat the wage gap, and this May, the White House will host The United State of Women, a three day summit in Washington DC that will tackle gender inequality across a range of issues, including education, health, leadership, and economic empowerment. Throughout his presidency, Obama has never been shy in declaring his commitment to gender equality, often referencing his two young daughters as his inspiration, but with his presidency soon coming to an end, it’s time to look to the future. Come November 8th, the United States will have a new President, and regardless of who that President is, I have…

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April 18, 2016

Top Take-Aways From The Skoll World Forum 2016

IMG_9764I love going to conferences. Yes, I am one of those people who show up full of anticipation that I will learn something new, meet someone who will become my new best friend, deepen relationships with people I already know, experience something different, and leave fully fueled so that I can continue in my diverse efforts to help make the world a better place. As we all know, some conferences are better than others, but as I depart from my inaugural trip to the SKOLL World Forum in Oxford, England, I checked off all of the above!

In case you have not heard about it, what exactly is this special event? It is a by-invitation gathering that happens only once a year, and it is hosted by the team at the Skoll Foundation. They bring together nearly 1,000 top innovators from more than 60 countries for debate, discussion, and networking, and the conference is designed to accelerate entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. What’s not to like about that? The theme for this year was fierce compassion as a driver of social progress. It just so happens that both of those words; fierce and compassion, happen to be on my top ten list of words that inspire me, so my expectations for this conference were very high.

To do a full debrief on every session I attended, every speaker I heard, and every new and awesome person I met would fill up…

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