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Keynote Speaker Jessica Shortall

Jessica Shortall

Social Entrepreneur, Former Director of Giving at TOMS, Family Leave and LGBT Gender Equality Advocate, Director at Texas Competes

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    Texas, USA

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Some of Jessica’s key accomplishments include…

Jessica Shortall is a nationally recognized advocate, author, and speaker, focusing on workplace diversity and the economic case for supporting people to bring their whole selves to work.

Jessica is a prolific writer and speaker about and for working parents; about a diverse, human workforce; and about doing good in the world. Her 2015 book, Work. Pump. Repeat., is a survival guide for breastfeeding and going back to work, and her TED talk that same year on the moral and economic case for paid family leave was a TED “Talk of the Day” and has 1.5 million views.

By day, Jessica runs Texas Competes, a coalition of more than 1,300 Texas employers making the economic case for Texas to be welcoming to LGBTQ people. Jessica keynoted SXSW 2017 on the story of Texas Competes, the Texas bathroom bill, and building unexpected bridges in a divided time.

Jessica was the first Director of Giving at TOMS Shoes; co-founder of The Campus Kitchens Project, a hunger and nutrition program now active on more than 50 college campuses; and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan. She has a bachelor’s in Art History from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. She is married with two kids.


Testimonials 6

  • “I really enjoyed Jessica Shortall’s speech. I think it is important to really look at the messages we are sharing with our children as this is the first step to change.”


    American National Bank

  • “My favorite speaker was Jessica Shortall. I loved her message and I liked her take on everyday things that you just take at face value and never think about or question.”


    Lincoln Financial Group

  • “I really enjoyed what Jessica Shortall had to say. Maybe it was because it was so very relevant to me at that moment, having just had my 2 year old daughter throw up all over herself in the car on the way to the conference and I had to figure out how to get her taken care of and get to the event. The irony of having this happen on the day of the ICAN conference was not lost on me and what Jessica had to say felt so true.”


    Union Pacific Railroad

  • 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 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, UT Austin

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