Jacki Zehner On Women, Money, and Changing the World  » ABOUT


JACKI ZEHNER dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. She believes that a more gender-egalitarian world is a more just world for all, and she serves in a variety of roles to further this vision.

In 1996, Jacki became the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited into the partnership of Goldman Sachs. Most of her career at Goldman was spent in mortgage-backed trading, followed by two years in the Executive Office working in human capital management. After leaving Goldman Sachs in 2002, Jacki became a founding partner of Circle Financial Group, a private wealth management organization consisting of a small number of women committed to managing their families’ assets and philanthropic undertakings.

Today, as President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, Jacki funds and works with a variety of organizations and initiatives, with a particular focus on women’s rights, women’s foundations, movement building, and media. In 2009, Jacki became a member of Women Moving Millions (WMM), and went on to serve as their founding President, and today continues to serve as their Chief Engagement Officer. WMM is a non-profit organization with the bold mission of mobilizing unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls, and at its core, it is a growing community of over 260 members who have given gifts of a million dollars or more directly to organizations of their choosing.

Jacki frequently writes and consults on issues relating to women, career success, wealth, investing, and high-impact philanthropy. She has written and maintained her personal blog, found at www.jackizehner.com, since 2008, where she has published over 700 pieces since its inception. In 2013, Jacki joined the LinkedIn blogging community as an Influencer, amassing a following of over 400,000 subscribers to date.

Jacki is a multi-faceted speaker and moderator, who has addressed a wide variety of audiences, including corporate events for Google, Goldman Sachs, UBS, and JP Morgan, and non-profit organizations such as the Sundance Institute and the YMCA. Jacki has been honored to appear on the TEDxWomen stage twice in the past. In 2012, she delivered a Ted Talk titled, “Strap In: Closing the Gender Gap”, and in 2015, she curated a learning track on entrepreneurship. In 2016, Jacki was honored to be profiled on the MAKERS platform, the largest collection of women’s stories available today.

Jacki currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Sundance Institute, and is a former board member of the Women’s Funding NetworkThe Breast Cancer Research FoundationThe National Council for Research on WomenThe University of British Columbia, and The Center for Talent Innovation. She is also an advisory board member to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Institute Council, and Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance. Jacki is an active angel investor in women owned companies, including LearnVest, Seed & Spark, Mogul, Apolitical, and Unitive. Her passion for film has led her to support many social issue documentaries, including in the role of Executive Producer for Ready to Fly, The Hunting Ground, Hot Girls Wanted, and 50/50.

Throughout her professional and philanthropic career, Jacki has received numerous awards in recognition of her efforts, commitment, and leadership, most recently being named as a Distinguished Fellow at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College. Additional recognitions include being named to the 2016 and 2015 Global Diversity List, published by the Economist, named one of the top 50 most powerful women in US philanthropy (2016), the Zions Bank Women in Leadership Award (2015), named one of the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 (2013), The Global Fund for Women‘s Philanthropy Award (2013), the Annual Lives of Commitment Award from Auburn Seminary (2010), named one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century (2009), the Women Who Make a Difference Award from The National Council for Research on Women (1999), and the Outstanding Young Alumnus by the University of British Columbia (1997).

Jacki was born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After living in New York City and Connecticut for 25 years, Jacki now lives with her family in Park City, Utah.


Speaking Events

Upcoming Events

  • Women’s Funding Network Conference
Keynote Address
September 6th, 2017
San Francisco, CA
  • Women Moving Millions Annual Summit and 10th Anniversary Celebration
Co-host and Moderator
September 7-9th, 2017
New York City, NY

Past Events

  • Tiger 21 and Virgin Unite

Keynote Speaker
March 27-31, 2017
Necker Island

  • Women’s Philanthropy Institute 2017 Symposium
Dream. Dare. Do. Symposium on Women, Philanthropy, and Civil Society
March 14-15, 2017
Chicago, IL
  • State of Women Inaugural Summit
Speaker and Moderator – Women and Finance: The New Frontier of Feminism
March 8th, 2017
Los Angeles, CA
  • Forum for Women Entrepreneurs Gala
Pitch for the Purse Celebrity Judge
February 20th, 2017
Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Iowa State University Foundation 
Women’s Luncheon Keynote Address
October 19, 2016
Ames, Iowa
  • Women Moving Millions Annual Summit
The Power of Innovation
September 15-17 2016
San Francisco, CA
  • Art of Women in Philanthropy 2016
Women, Money, Philanthropy and Changing the World Keynote
May 12, 2016
St. Louis, MO
  • Women Moving Millions Salon
    The Power of Women Funding Women
    March 30, 2016
    Chicago, IL
  • Kelowna Art Gallery
Women and Philanthropy Talk
March 8, 2016
Kelowna, BC (Canada)
  • Park City Education Foundation Film Panel
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap Panel
January 14, 2016
Park City, UT
  • Impact 100 of Indian River County 
            Keynote address on Women & Philanthropy
            November 12, 2015
            Vero Beach, FL
            Approximately 200 Impact 100 members attend
  • The Oxford Forum for Women in the World Economy
PowerShift Conference
Keynote Address
November 8-10
Oxford, England
  • The Fund for Women and Girls of the Princeton Area Community Foundation
            Keynote Address
            November 5, 2015
            Princeton, NJ
            Approximately 150 Fund for Women and Girls members attend
“Jacki Zehner had the audience riveted, capturing everyone’s attention by sharing her personal trials and tribulations of achieving success in a male dominated financial world. Her delivery was witty, and filled with knowledge and resources! She even inspired audience member to take immediate action to form a documentary club for our foundation! She rocked it!”Jeffrey Vega
President & CEO
Princeton Area Community Foundation
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Impact Investing with A Gender Lens Symposium
November 2, 2015
Denver, CO

“Jacki knocked it out of the park, as we knew she would. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy life to come to Colorado for our Symposium. Everyone was so impressed and in looking back, I cannot imagine how we would have had a Pioneers Panel without her!”

  • Women Moving Millions Annual Summit
           The Power of Purpose
           September 17-19, 2015
           New York, NY
  • Park City Women’s Giving Fund

Impactful Giving Panel (Private Event)          
June 11, 2015          
Park City, UT
  • TEDWomen2015
            Momentum: “Investing in Ideas” Panel Curated by Jacki Zehner
            May 27-29, 2015
            Monterey, CA
  • WMM Investing in Social Change Through Documentary Film
           Skills Building Workshop
           May 7, 2015
           Dallas, TX
  • Girls INC of Alameda County Luncheon 2015
Strong, Smart and Bold Luncheon
April 23, 2015
Oakland, CA
  • Salt Lake City Governors Economic Summit
           Women in Business Leadership Panel
           April 17, 2015
           Salt Lake City, UT
  • WMM Investing in Social Change Through Documentary Film
            Skills Building Workshop
            April 2, 2015
            New York, NY
  • Women’s Funding Alliance Town Hall
    Transformational Philanthropy for Women & Girls
    February 25, 2015
    Seattle, WA
  • Windsor Club Luncheon
    “Empowering Women to give BIG & BOLD”
    February 9, 2014
  • [email protected]
           “It’s Time To Go ALL IN”
           February 2, 2015
          Mountain View, CA
  • The Circle Autumn Annual Meeting
    Stronger Together
    ALL IN FOR HER Keynote
    November 1, 2014
    London, England
  • Women Moving Millions Annual Summit and ALL IN FOR HER Launch Event
           It’s Time to Go ALL IN FOR HER
           September 18-20, 2014
           New York, NY
  • Women Legal Forum 2014
          Ark Group & Managing Partner’s East Coast
          Panel Discussion “Stiletto Network”- Inside Women’s Power Circles That are Changing
          the Face of Business
          June 3, 2014
          New York, NY
  • Utah Women’s Forum
          Women’s Giving in Utah- What We Know and What We Could Do, Together
          May 28, 2014
          Town Club – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Womenetics 2014 POW! Awards
         Womenetics, Keynote Speaker
         April 30, 2014
         The Georgia Aquarium
         Atlanta, GA
  • Women Leading Philanthropy Symposium 
           Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Featured Speaker
            April 2-3, 2014
           Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers
           Chicago, IL
  • Goldman Sachs- Investment Management Division- Women’s Network
          Guest Speaker- “A Better World: For Women, For Girls, For Everyone”
          March 31, 2014
          New York, NY
Quotes and Praise from Jacki’s Presentation at Goldman Sachs:
“I love her spirit!”
“I wish there were more women like her”
“She was phenomenal”
“She was really inspirational”
“Jacki rocks”
“Great choice on the speaker”
“She was very inspiring ; so self-confident and at the same time very approachable and genuine about her astonishing experience at GS and beyond”
“Amazing speech – so inspiring”
  • University of Utah David Eccles School of Business
          February 28, 2014
          Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Sundance Film Festival
          Women at Sundance Event Presented by Dove, Guest Speaker
          January 20, 2013
          The Shop
          Park City, Utah
  • UBS Global Philanthropy Forum
          “It’s A Girl” Featured Speaker
           November 21-22, 2013
           St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Women A.R.E. Inaugural Summit
           Social Impact & Philanthropy
           November 7, 2013
           Los Angeles, CA
  • Global Women & Leadership Summit
           Why Women, Why Now, What Next
           October 14-November 1, 2013
           Online Summit Presentation
  • J.P. Morgan Women’s Philanthropy Breakfast
            Women, Money and Changing the World
            October 10, 2013
            Greenwich, CT
  • Women Moving Millions Annual Summit
           September 19- 21, 2013
           Soho Grand
           New York City
  • Anita Hill Screening Presented by The Utah Women’s Forum
          Reception, Screening and Panel
          August 27, 2013
          Salt Lake City Library
          Salt Lake City, UT
  • Cocktails & Conversation With Women Moving Millions & J.P Morgan
             Women, Money & Changing the World
             May 15, 2013
             Palo Alto, CA
  • Recognizing Women’s Leadership in Business and the Community
           The Boston Club, Community Salute Event
           Keynote Speaker – Using all our resources, in alignment with our vision, for a more gender balanced world.
          Friday May 3, 2013
          Boston, MA

“I can’t thank you enough for agreeing to come and speak at our event.  You were just great, and you released enormous energy in that ballroom such that our membership – as guests as well – have been buzzing since. We are still basking in the afterglow of your talk and of your wonderful energy and presence.  You had enormous impact.  I don’t think I’ve ever received so much fabulous feedback about a speaker or event!” -JoAnn Cavallaro, President & Chair of the Board, The Boston Club

  • YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Summit
             Welcome & Keynote Speaker
             Wells Fargo Center
             Tuesday April 30, 2013
             Salt Lake City, Utah   
“Jacki was a positive, engaging  keynote speaker who energized the young women at the YWCA Leadership Summit.  As one of our attendees stated, ‘It [Jacki’s keynote] was very insightful and moving.’ Jacki mixed stories of her professional experience with a concrete call to action that made real change for women worldwide seem attainable and worth working for.”  Amberlie Phillips, YWCA Chief Development Officer   
  • Park City Women’s Giving Fund Launch Event
             Keynote Speaker, Gallery MAR
             5:30-7pm (Wine & Appetizers)
             Thursday April 11, 2013
             Main Street, Park City, Utah
  • Women Moving Millions & J.P. Morgan Luncheon and Program
           Ultimate Partnerships: Philanthropists, Foundations & Grantees
           Rosewood Crescent Hotel
           Tuesday March 26, 2013 
           Dallas, Texas
  • Rising International Hands of Hope Benefit Luncheon
         “Hands of Hope”
          March 19, 2013
          Hyatt Regency Monterey
          Monterey, CA
“Jacki Zehner, CEO of Women Moving Millions delivered the keynote address for our Hands of Hope Luncheon on March 19th. We’ve been producing this luncheon event for 5 years now, and this was by far our most successful event ever.  Jacki’s message was powerful: that we must more fully use our financial resources; our giving, spending and investing dollars, in greater alignment with a vision for a more just and equitable world.  Event attendees have been calling and emailing our office expressing their excitement and conviction for joining Jacki in supporting and empowering women and girls. Jacki Zehner is a powerful speaker with a powerful purpose who is transforming lives, and we are deeply grateful she shared her passionate message at our event.” -Carmel K. Jud, Founder & Executive Director, Rising International
  • Women Moving Millions & J.P Morgan Luncheon and Conversation
         “Big & Bold Philanthropy: A Conversation on Women, Money, Philanthropy & Changing the
          March 7, 2012        
          The Montage Hotel
          Beverly Hills, CA
  • Global Fund for Women Luncheon with Musimbi Kanyoro
“Women’s Right are Human Rights”
Opening remarks and discussion
December 7, 2012
Park City, Utah
  • TEDxWomen: The Space Between
“Strap In: Closing the Gender Gap”
Poverty & Plenty
November 30, 2012
Washington, D.C.
audience – a live event, 55 countries, 15000+ 
  • WMM & J.P. Morgan at TEDxWomen
“Big & Bold Philanthropy”
Opening remarks and panel discussion
November 29, 2012
Washington, D.C
  • Utah Society of Fundraisers Fundraising Day
           “Understanding and Working with Women Donors:
             How Women Approach Philanthropy Different Than Men”
             Salt Lake City Hilton            
             April 12, 2012
             Salt Lake City, UT
  • Women, Money, Media, and Power
    Thursday February 2, 2012
    Sliver Bridge Institute: A Women’s Perspective
    By Invitation Only
    Boston, MA
  • 2012 National Leadership Conference
            Following the Money: Creating A More Robust Women’s Movement
            Women’s Studies in Religion Program
            Harvard Divinity School
            February 3-5, 2012
            Cambridge, MA
  • 85 Broads Boston Chapter Power Circle Breakfast
             Friday February 3, 2012
             Boston Hotel
             Boston, MA
             By Invitation Only
  • Investing for Gender Equality
             Friday February 3, 2012
             By Invitation Only
             Boston, MA
  • Utah Women’s Giving Circle
             Swaner EcoCenter
             February 25, 2012 
             Park City, UT