With just a month to go until the election, please join author and activist, Jenna Arnold for a virtual conversation about how to have hard conversations with those around you who may be undecided come November. As one of the National Organizer’s for The Women’s March on Washington, Jenna has been deemed from Oprah herself, one of “100 Awakened Leaders who are using their voice and talent to elevate humanity.”
Jenna spent three years researching her book, Raising Our Hands: How White Women Can Stop Avoiding Hard Conversations, Start Accepting Responsibility, and Find Our Place on the New Frontlines, crisscrossing the country and speaking with women to understand their concerns and what makes them feel safe, and why, very often, they don’t speak up or fight for change. 74% of white women in the US avoid conversations about politics because they typically lead to conflict… that is 74 million people.
Jenna will give us an overview of her findings and provide actionable ways to have the conversations that we may have been avoiding, or dreading, in the lead up to the election.
About Jenna Arnold:
Jenna Arnold is an educator, entrepreneur, activist and mother who lives in New York City with her husband and two children, who are anti-sleep. Oprah named Jenna as one of her “100 Awakened Leaders who are using their voice and talent to elevate humanity” for her professional portfolio of work across education, entertainment and activism.
Jenna is currently the Chief Impact Officer for an impact investing platform, Rethink, funding companies working to solve some of the world’s most complex problems: equitable education, food distribution, climate sustainability, community growth and empowering women and minority populations. She is the Co-Founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit focused on ending the waitlist for organ transplants in the US. ORGANIZE was awarded an Innovator in Residence position in the Secretary’s Office of Health and Human Services and co-hosted the White House Organ Donation Summit, which, in addition to other initiatives, launched $300 million worth of commitments across multiple sectors. Since then, an Executive Order has been signed and legislation proposed to increase the number of life-saving, transplantable organs. For her work at ORGANIZE Jenna was named one Inc’s “20 Most Disruptive Innovators”, the New York Times called ORGANIZE one of the “Biggest Ideas in Social Change,” and the organization was covered by CNN, Washington Post, US News, FastCompany, Forbes, ESPN, Slate, SELF, UpWorthy, HBO’s Last Week Tonight and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Previously, Jenna was the Executive Producer and Creator of one of MTV’s hit TV shows, ‘Exiled!’ which took privileged American teenagers to live with indigenous cultures around the world. While at the United Nations she helped create multi-platform programming for MTV and Showtime with
A-list celebrities like Jay-Z and Angelina Jolie.
Jenna received a graduate degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College in International Education Development and BS.Edu and minor in astro-physics from the University of Miami. She has taught in many countries with a laser focus on citizenship education and has authored more than a dozen different curricula.
Jenna sits on a number of boards, including the Sesame Workshop Leadership Council, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an emeritus World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper and Women’s March Global Board Member.
Her husband Jeremy is the President of LeagueApps—a technology platform focused on equitizing youth sports and her two children, Ever Alula & Atlas Oz, keep pointing to the Encyclopedias on the shelf asking ‘is that the book you’re writing’ (which, at times, has felt accurate). Jenna can’t wait to be an elementary school teacher again, but has a few things to do before she formally returns to the classroom.