What Inspires Jessica?
My family, an early morning workout, and people who overcome great odds to create meaningful ventures.
Jessica is the CEO of Chicago Ideas, overseeing the creation of the annual program and the development of the organization's long term strategy. In conjunction with CIW, Jessica leads the creation and development of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship that received over 250 entries from around the world and awarded five fellows an opportunity to present to other thought leaders, have meaningful meetings with business leaders, and provided them with a non-discretionary gift of $10,000 each to be used towards their organizational goals.
Prior to joining Chicago Ideas Week, Jessica led new business development and campaign creation for an award-winning New York City boutique consultancy that specialized in corporate and social responsibility programming. Clients included several of the country's leading Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and associations. Jessica is a graduate of American University.