ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Concordia Project™ was created to reframe the conversation of empowerment. Announced during Jennifer’s closing keynote for Harvard’s Women in Business Week 2015, Concordia has been featured in other prestigious venues including the United Nations, UN Women, and tours of India and Nepal for the U.S. State Department.

In September 2018 we moved into One World Trade Center in New York City, where we were offered a residency to develop our initiatives. Now we have the incredible privilege of looking out upon the world we are trying to change — and with an 85th floor view!

With programming based on Jennifer’s breakthrough methodology of Self-Directed Empowerment™, we are actively developing 3 core initiatives:

  1. A global think tank of women, where participants have an opportunity to discuss the things that matter to them. Our conversation is growing, and in support of United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, our goal is to include women from every country on Earth by 2030.
  2. A program for early-stage female founders to provide them with personal development and business coaching, along with a global support system.
  3. International salon dinners featuring men and women from varied ages and backgrounds to go deeper on these concerns and ideas. We have launched in various cities in the US, and hosted our first global dinner in India in 2017.

 

We’ve been having groundbreaking conversations at tables both virtual and actual with students at Harvard University and King’s College in Kathmandu, young professionals from UN Women, female founders in various incubators, and students in Czech Republic, Mexico, India, the Philippines, and so many others.

We’re also working with thought leaders to determine the most effective way to ignite positive global change, and developing ways for young men to be included in the conversation. They are half the planet, after all.

We believe that with our groundbreaking methodology, it is possible to cultivate a brand-new approach to empowerment itself, and create real change. Lasting change.

OUR TEAM

Jennifer Iannolo

Founder & CEO

A lifelong entrepreneur, Jennifer Iannolo is a catalyst for human empowerment and global change. As a featured speaker for the U.S. State Department, she travels the globe fostering women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, including recent tours of India and Nepal. In 2015, Jennifer launched The Concordia Project™ to bring forth a global conversation of inclusive empowerment, as well as programs to guide young women through their key decision-making moments in life. She recently shared insights from the project at UN Headquarters during the 61st Commission on the Status of Women, and is a 6-time Harvard speaker.

As a pioneer in digital content, Jennifer co-created Culinary Media Network® — the world’s first all-food podcast channel — in 2006. She’s been featured in media from television to Bloomberg Businessweek, to a New York Times bestseller, and the documentary Eat. Cook. Love.

While an undergraduate at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she built her second company and chaired a conference on social entrepreneurship (before it was an official major or buzzword). Today she collaborates with leaders in social impact, including UN Women, 1M1B and the ONE Campaign, and often speaks about social initiatives at her alma mater, the NYU Stern School of Business. Jennifer lives in New York City, and can be found in the ether as @foodphilosophy.

For more information about Jennifer’s speaking engagements, or to book her as a speaker, see the details and schedule here, or contact us directly.

HALEY ARBITELLE

GLOBAL THINK TANK COORDINATOR

Haley is a force for change, a bright spirit, and (happiest for her) a recent high school graduate. She has created her own team to manage the U.S. half of our global think tank for high school seniors, and we have no doubt she’s going to run the place one day. We try to stay out of her way. Haley is a student at Earlham College in Indiana, where she received a truckload of scholarships because they also get how amazing she is.

SHRENI RAJBHANDARY

GLOBAL THINK TANK COORDINATOR

Shreni is a member of the US Embassy Youth Council in Nepal, and the youngest executive board member of Youth Thinkers’ Society Nepal, where she serves as secretary. She has facilitated, moderated and organized international and national programs under YTS, the US Embassy, UN Habitat and the Global Peace Foundation, and in 2016 received the Rotary Youth Leader’s Award. Around here, we just call her Wonder Woman. Shreni also speaks for the BBC in a Harvard Business School program about environmental and social issues.

ADVISORY BOARD

MONIQUE AIKEN

Monique Aiken is the Vice President of Programs at Mission Investors Exchange, where she delivers programming that leverages the innovation, experience, and talent within and beyond the exchange’s vibrant network.

Prior to joining Mission Investors Exchange, Monique was a Director at Tideline, a consulting firm providing tailored advice to clients developing impact investment strategies, products and solutions. Before that, she was Project Manager at the Clinton Foundation for No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project, a women’s empowerment initiative led by Secretary Clinton. Before that, she served as Business Development Manager for the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, Monique was a VP in the Commodity Derivatives Sales group at Deutsche Bank where she managed client relationships with Oil and Gas (E&P), Utility, and Consumer Products companies in both the United States and Latin America.

Before earning an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, where she majored in Financial Instruments and Markets, Monique worked for Citigroup in both the US and European Debt Capital Markets groups. She began her career as an Analyst at Bank of America in the Credit Products group after graduating with a BSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Monique is literate and conversational in both Spanish and Portuguese. She serves as Secretary of the Board for 200 Orphanages Worldwide, a non-profit that supports efforts to build safe shelter for vulnerable children. An advanced beginner tenor saxophone player, Monique also enjoys running, pilates, and salsa dancing, though she does none of the above as often as she should.

C.C. CHAPMAN

C.C. Chapman describes himself as a New England-raised storyteller, explorer, and humanitarian. Others have described him as a thought leader in the online marketing space, a grounded futurist and one of the nicest guys on the internet. Over the years of his career, he has worked with a variety of clients including Nike, HBO, American Eagle Outfitters, ONE, Verizon FiOS and The Coca-Cola Company.

He is a visiting instructor at Wheaton College and co-author of the International bestseller Content Rules. He is also the author of Amazing Things Will Happen. C.C. travels the world speaking in front of audiences to do more in the world and how to understand content marketing better.  He has taught classes for Lynda.com, CreativeLive and now as an adjunct professor at Bentley University (his alma mater).

C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal.

C.C. serves as the Chairman of the Board at Wediko and serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation. He happily lives in the woods outside of Boston with his loving family.

WEBSITE: cc-chapman.com

DONYA NASSER

Donya Nasser recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. John’s University where she studied Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies as an Honors student and McNair Scholar. She is passionate about advocating for gender equality and reproductive justice on both a domestic and international level; empowering women, youth, and minorities to become civically engaged and run for office, and contributing to Middle East policy while combating stigmas and stereotypes. She has interned for the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, and the Brennan Center for Justice.

Donya served as the 2015-2016 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations and a Truman-Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently the youngest Board Director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board. She is a 2016 Humanity in Action Fellow, 2015 TRIALS Scholar, and 2014 PPIA Fellow. She has previously served as a member of the Advocates for Youth Young Women of Color Leadership Council, the President of the College Democrats of New York, and  AAUW Youth Representative to the United Nations. A Truman Scholar, she intends to pursue a joint degree and prepare herself for a career in public service and foreign affairs so to be in a position to better serve women and underrepresented communities across the country and the world. She has supported these marginalized groups through her academic successes, leadership advancements, and social media opportunities.

Donya believes in the power of galvanizing younger generations, who embody the potential of our future to secure equality and justice for all. She is a 2016 Bustle Upstart Award Honoree, 2015 recipient of the WIN Young Women of Achievement Award in Service/Nonprofit Advocacy, and a 2014 Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Woman and L’Oréal College Woman of Worth. She has been featured on ABC, Al-Hurra, Al Jazeera, the Huffington Post, the L.A. Times, MSNBC, and Voice of America. She was named one of CDS’ 2016 “30 Under 30 Leaders of Tomorrow” and Persian Tech Entrepreneurs and Forbes’ “100 Most Influential Persian Entrepreneurs and Innovators of 2015”. She has been a speaker for the Iranian American Women Foundation, the International Association for Volunteer Effort, AYUDH, the United Nations, and many more conferences. Donya is currently attending SOAS, University of London as a recipient of both the John Loiello and Kamran Djam Scholarships to earn an MA in Iranian Studies.

LAURA GASSNER OTTING

Laura helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.

Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with entrepreneurs and investors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.

Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose.

Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.

LISA PETRO

Lisa Petro is an international educator, speaker and curriculum development expert. With a deep understanding of how people learn optimally despite various cultures and backgrounds, Lisa co-founded Know My World LLC, a global education organization that has connected participants in over 24 countries. As the organization’s Executive Director, Lisa has created a variety of programs that focus on the human condition as a component of learning through project-based structures and intercultural competencies. Know My World’s projects have been featured in learning communities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the State University of New York, Preparatorias del Tecnologico de Monterrey ITESM, and numerous public and private schools around the world.

Lisa’s passion for motivating students inspired her to live abroad and research various methods of teaching, cultural and socioeconomic learning gaps, and the impact of learning in homo- and heterogeneous societies. She was selected to participate as an ELA educator and cultural ambassador through the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, a highly-competitive program through the Japanese Ministry of Education that selects only 4,000 participants from 40 countries each year. During her time in Japan, she served as the Curriculum Development Director for Everest of Apples, a local organization dedicated to providing quality educational practices to developing countries. Lisa was invited by Nepali Education Support Trust (NGO) to design and implement teacher training workshops to government and private school teachers in Hetauda, Nepal.

Lisa has participated in discussions at the prestigious Garrison Institute, and presented keynotes and workshops at several major international conferences including the East Asia Regional Conference of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) in Shanghai, China, and Bangkok, Thailand, IV Congreso de Preparatoria, Preparatorias del Tecnólogico de Monterrey, ITESM in Guadalajara, Mexico, SUNY Collaborative Online Intercultural Learning Conference in New York and SUNY New Paltz Multicultural Education Conference. As a curriculum development consultant, Lisa has developed programming and facilitator training workshops for organizations internationally, including programs in Mexico and Palestine.

WEBSITE: knowmyworld.org

PETER SHANKMAN

An author, entrepreneur, speaker, and worldwide connector, Peter Shankman is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about customer service, social media, PR, marketing and advertising. Peter is best known for founding Help A Reporter Out, (HARO) which in under a year became the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, and was acquired by Vocus, Inc. Peter’s clients have included American Express, Sprint, The US Department of Defense, Royal Bank of Canada, Saudi Aramco, NASA, Haworth, Walt Disney World, Abercrombie and Kent, The Ad Council, Discovery Networks, New Frontier Media, Napster and many. He is the author of four books: Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015),  Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management is Over, and Collaboration is In (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2013), Can We Do That?! Outrageous PR Stunts That Work — and Why Your Company Needs Them (Wiley and Sons, 2006), and Customer Service: New Rules for a Social Media World (Que Biz-Tech 2010,). Peter is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and tradeshows worldwide, including South By Southwest, Affiliate Summit, BlogWorld, TBEX, The Public Relations Society of America, CES, OMMA and Mobile Marketing Asia.

Peter has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Boston University. He sits on the advisory boards of several companies, and is honored to sit on the NASA Civilian Advisory Council, appointed to his position by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. He’s also an angel investor, specializing mostly in very early stage tech and social media companies. A marketing pundit for several national and international news channels, including Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, Peter is frequently quoted in major media and trade publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, The Associated Press, Reuters and USA Today.

WEBSITE: shankman.com

TAMSEN WEBSTER

Part “idea whisperer,” part keynote speaker, and part message strategist, Tamsen Webster helps people and organizations like Verizon, State Street Bank, and Johnson & Johnson build the big ideas that bring big change. For four years, she was the Executive Producer of one of the largest locally organized “TED talk” events in the world. Her clients’ talks have earned over 8.5 million views on YouTube.

In former lives, she worked in both agencies and at nonprofits heading up brand, marketing, and fundraising communication strategy, along with a brief but enduring turn as a change management consultant. She was a reluctant marathoner…twice; is a winning ballroom dancer (in her mind); but everything she knows about people, speaking, and change, she learned at Weight Watchers. True story.

Tamsen holds bachelor’s degrees in American Studies and in Marketing from Boston University, an MA in Arts Administration (Public Relations and Crisis Communications), and an MBA in Management Communications and Organizational Behavior from Southern Methodist University.