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 entrepreneurship, philanthropic movement building, and social issue 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 270 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 725 pieces since its inception. In 2013, Jacki joined the LinkedIn blogging community as an Influencer, amassing a following of over 500,000 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 Network, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The National Council for Research on Women, The 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, Fem Inc., Vonk, Wait, What?, Your Tango, Circular Board, and Unitive. Believing that great storytelling can create positive social change, she invests in 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.