– Jennifer Iannolo, Founder & CEO
The Concordia Project™ was born of the desire to create a more effective conversation around empowerment — one that that removes the fight against something, and instead offers something to create: a blank slate on which young women can build their futures, along with the people around them.
With a focus on innovation in communication, leadership, and group dynamics, the project’s team is forging a new path for discussion around the world. We’ve been igniting empowerment in young women from Harvard University to King’s College in Kathmandu to the Stern School of Business at NYU, and working with thought leaders to determine the most effective way to ignite positive change.
In 2017 our programming is focused on international think tanks for young women 18-25 years of age, and salon dinners for a broader audience. We believe that by igniting empowerment in the individual, and fostering collaborative conversation, it is possible to create, with entrepreneurial thinking, a ground-breaking approach to empowerment itself.
Jennifer is a life-long entrepreneur and modern Renaissance woman. Her adventures have been chronicled everywhere from a NY Times bestseller to the international documentary Eat. Cook. Love. She is a 2-time Harvard keynote speaker, and is currently a featured speaker on social entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment for the U.S. State Department. This role has taken her throughout Asia as she encourages young people to think entrepreneurially about the planet’s challenges.
Typically ahead of the curve, in 2006 she co-created the Culinary Media Network® — the world’s first all-food podcast channel — with food and wine programming featured on Sirius Radio. And as a college student in 1994 at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she was already building her second company, and chaired a conference on social entrepreneurship — before entrepreneurship or social ventures were understood, recognized as official college majors, or enjoy the popularity they do today.
As a first-generation American, Jennifer grew up with a unique perspective that required her to bridge 3 different cultures (Italian, Scottish and American), causing her to bring a broader perspective to navigating life and problem solving. She has worked and lived internationally, including studies at La Sorbonne in Paris.
Jennifer conveys her message of empowerment to students and innovative thinkers at venues including Harvard, New York University, Purdue University, the University of Vienna, and other locales around the world. For more information, see Jennifer’s site, or contact us directly.
Erin is a catalyst for women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and global transformation. Her current work involves projects from Nepal to Papua New Guinea, all focused on creating women entrepreneurs. As a film and television professional, Erin has produced content for Fortune 100 companies to promote both internal and external communications, working closely with CEOs, political figures and celebrities. She’s also a passionate wildlife conservationist (elephants are her favorite).
Maria is international development professional for non-profits, and currently manages local efforts in Nepal for The Concordia Project. Her previous endeavors include research and implementation for the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN Information Center (UNIC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Haley is a force for change, a bright spirit, and (happiest for her) a senior at Brookfield High School. 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. In fall of 2017 Haley will attend Earlham College in Indiana, where she has received a truckload of scholarships because they also get how amazing she is.
C.C. Chapman is the founder of Never Enough Days, a conscience-based consultancy specializing in social good, cause marketing and corporate social responsibility. He is a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow and is passionate about shining light on global issues, particularly those related to children. C.C. speaks internationally about building passionate consumer communities, and the strategic value of content-based marketing. In 2007, he co-founded The Advance Guard, a marketing agency which was acquired by Campfire. C.C. has worked with organizations including The United Nations Foundation and the ONE Campaign, and with leading brands like American Eagle Outfitters, Coca-Cola, HBO and Warner Bros.
He is the co-author (with Ann Handley) of the best seller Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business, as well as Amazing Things Will Happen, both from Wiley. C.C. currently serves on the Board of Directors for both Wediko and The Hockey Foundation. He recently completed his first semester as an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Bentley University, his alma mater, where he is making sure the next generation has the skills they need to change the world.
Laura Gassner Otting has spent the last 20 years working to strengthen organizations that weave our social and civic fabric. She is the founder and CEO of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, a talent resource firm that has placed hundreds of leaders around the world into key roles for nonprofits with budgets from $250,000-450,000,000. The author of Mission Driven: From Profit to Purpose, Laura is widely noted for her expertise in publications like The New York Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Money magazine. Previously, Laura served as a presidential appointee for the White House Office of National Service, as a program officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service, where she was part of the team that created AmeriCorps, and as a member of the Clinton/Gore Transition Team and 1992 Election Team. Laura holds a Master of Arts in Political Management from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Laura serves on the boards of College Bound Dorchester, the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, and Newton Montessori School. She is a founding board member of SheGives, a philanthropy marketplace catalyzing support for a broad range of philanthropies around Boston. She has served as a member of the board of Camp Starfish and the Alumni Board of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University and as the founding board chair of both Strong Women, Strong Girls and the Boston Choral Ensemble. Laura is a curator for TedxBeaconStreet in Boston. Always up for a challenge, Laura completed the 2012, 2014 Boston and 2012 Chicago Marathons, in all cases, raising significant money for charities.
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.
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.
Part “idea whisperer,” part message strategist, and part presentation coach, Tamsen Webster helps people and organizations match the power of their message to the potential of their ideas. She’s the Executive Producer of TEDxCambridge and the SVP for Executive Communications and Coaching at Oratium. In former lives, she worked in both agencies and at nonprofits — including the Peabody Essex Museum and Harvard Medical School — heading up brand, marketing, and fundraising communication strategy, along with a brief but enduring turn as a change management consultant. She’s also also a retired Weight Watchers leader and an accidental marathoner.
As Executive Producer at TEDxCambridge, Tamsen selects presenters from a diverse group of thinkers, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs, writers, scientists, and teachers—the only common thread being the gravitational pull of their ideas, and their desire to share them on the TEDx stage. In addition to coaching the speakers in their presentation development, she also serves as the emcee for each live TEDxC event. Tamsen honed her expertise in presentation as a frequent speaker at venues across the country. She continues to contribute keynotes and sessions on messaging strategy and skills to academic, cultural, marketing, branding, and business events, including New Media Expo, SocialFresh, MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum, and HubSpot’s Inbound conference. She also hosts internal and external communications training workshops and webinars for corporate clients, including Disney, Ericsson, State Street Corporation, S&C Electric Company, Sage Software, Elantas, and Underwriter’s Laboratories.
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.