Some of Jessica’s key accomplishments include…
Jessica Shortall is a motivational speaker with a passion for the place where business success, innovation, and social impact meet. She is a vocal advocate for paid parental leave (as an economic and moral imperative) and for support for breastfeeding, working mothers. She is the author of the 2015 book Work. Pump. Repeat: The New Mom’s Survival Guide to Breastfeeding and Going Back to Work (Abrams Books). As managing director of Texas Competes, the statewide coalition of businesses making the economic case for an LGBT-welcoming Texas, she is a leader in promoting the growing economic case for equality.
Jessica started her adult life as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and hasn’t stopped searching for ways to change the world since, across the non-profit and for-profit worlds. In the early 2000s, she co-founded and franchised a non-profit, The Campus Kitchens Project, which is now active in more than 50 communities nationwide. She has provided strategy consulting to dozens of social enterprises, business-minded non-profits, and innovative corporations all over the world. She was hired as the first Director of Giving in the early growth years of TOMS Shoes, building the “One for One” mission and model in shoes, sight, and beyond.
In 2006, Jessica received and MBA with honors from the University of Oxford, as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. She also holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Art History from Wake Forest University.
When speaking, Jessica loves to take an audience on a journey of insight, introspection, and inspiration. Her goal is to surprise and amuse – and to challenge participants to look at old problems with fresh eyes.