I like to surprise audiences, upending conventional wisdom and inviting them to be inspired with me, instead of by me. But I am not content with inspiration. My mission is to equip people with the tools to be great at changing their workplaces and the world. I draw on a rich repository of global stories that are at turns funny, surprising, and thought-provoking. My experiences across the corporate, start-up, non-profit, and advocacy worlds give me a unique perspective on leadership, innovation, and culture. 

My TED talk on the case for paid parental leave reached 1 million views in just two months. It has been featured on NPR, TIME.com (as one of 10 TED Talks That Will Help You Be a Better Parent), and The Huffington Post. It was a TED.com "talk of the day" in 2015.


"Jessica connected with her audience immediately, putting them at ease by telling some brazen truths about herself. She has a unique ability to impress you while making you feel like you can completely relate to her. She is truly a world-class speaker." (Tamra Rushing, VP of Marketing, CareFusion)

“Jessica brought real passion to the intersection of business results and social impact. In a small, interactive session of senior women, Jessica really drew them in for an engaging, dynamic conversation.” (Alison Dew, VP Global Marketing, Dell)

"Jessica did exactly what we wanted to achieve, which was to inspire people to do more. And she did it so eloquently! She should be speaking all over the world." (Julie Shannan, Deputy Director, GirlStart)

"Jessica has a fantastic grasp of her subject matter, drawing from personal and global examples. And she entertained us all with her irreverent style, gripping, funny anecdotes and examples, and refreshingly honest approach." (Lee Walker, Senior Fellow, University of Texas - Austin)

"Wonderful speaker...just perfect; great message and very passionate." (Corporate employee)

"Brilliant. I could have listened to you for another couple of hours." (TEDx attendee)

"Thank you...that was exactly what I needed my daughter to hear." (Parent, Laurel School, after commencement address)


I am available to speak on:

  • Changing the world, social entrepreneurship, smart philanthropy, and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership and personal growth
  • Disruptive branding and storytelling
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Women in business and working motherhood
  • Business activism
  • The business case for LGBT equality

I work independently and with BigSpeak speakers' bureau.