Jacki Zehner On Women, Money, and Changing the World

November 04, 2015

First Ever Global Diversity List

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On Saturday, October 31st, the Economist released their inaugural Global Diversity List, highlighting companies, campaigns, and individuals dedicated to diversity in their respective industries. There are eight categories in total, highlighting champions, networks, and initiatives that focus on diversity across ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and disability, all of which have been nominated by the readers of the Economist, and then approved by an independent panel of experts. Going forward, the Global Diversity List aims to be an annual publication, with the goal of recognizing and supporting those at the forefront of diversity initiatives worldwide.

This is the first time a comprehensive list of champions of diversity has been compiled in such a manner, and the ambition of this initiative is bold. As Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, CEO of the Global Diversity List, states, “The list marks a seminal moment for the diversity profession, by publicly recognising the world’s most influential, innovative and creative diversity professionals in one comprehensive list for the first time.  The list sets the benchmark of exceptional performance in the profession today and creates the role models for the diversity professionals of tomorrow”.

The Global Diversity List was published last Saturday, and on the following Sunday morning, I awoke to a tweet informing me that I had been selected as one of the Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life. While…

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November 02, 2015

On The Road Again….

I am excited to be hitting the road for a number of speaking events over the next three weeks. I am sharing the list just in case you find yourself in the same location, or attending the same events. If so, feel free to TWEET to me @jackizehner.

Preparing for all the various talks is always very stressful.  I take each one very seriously, and  I do my best to prepare the remarks around the specific goals for that event.  Truly, I don’t know how it is possible that it takes dozens of hours to prepare a 20 minute talk, but it does. That said, I love it, because what an honor it is to have an audience who is there to hear my message, which is usually about how we use our resources in greater alignment with a vision for a more just, equitable and gender balanced world.

November 2, 2015

Impact Investing with a Gender Lens Conference in Denver, CO

November 5, 2015

Princeton Area Community Foundation Luncheon in Princeton NJ – Luncheon key-note

November 8-10, 2015

Oxford England Said Business School, Power Shift Conference in Oxford EnglandEvening key-note

November 12, 2015

Indian River Impact 100 in Vero Beach, FL – Luncheon key-note


With speeches over, I am going to a Summit event for the first time – Summit at Sea! Bon Voyage.

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October 27, 2015

Gloria Steinem – My Life On The Road

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In 1999, I had the honor of receiving the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the National Council for Research on Women. I was being recognized for my work in promoting diversity at Goldman Sachs, and when I discovered that none other than Gloria Steinem would be speaking at the event as well, I was overjoyed. Gloria was someone I had long since admired and respected, and it was a privilege to finally meet her in person.

Our paths did not cross again until one special evening in 2001.  At the time, I was unhappy in my role at Goldman, combined with being a mother of two young children, and in moments of pure whimsy, I fantasized about quitting to write a Wonder Woman screenplay (the whole story can be found here). One night, I called a dear friend to ask her if I could come over to talk things over before I did anything too stupid, and while she said yes, our talk would have to wait until after her small dinner party that she was hosting that night was over. When I asked who was coming to dinner, she named about six people who were all very impressive, but it was the last one who left me breathless: Gloria Steinem.

I showed up ridiculously excited and nervous. Our previous encounter…

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