Jennifer combines the Pecorino-salty sass and pepper-grinder curves of Sophia Loren with the boots, cuffs, and universe-rocking crash! bang! pow! of Wonder Woman. On any given day, she might be jetting across the International Dateline to remind teenage girls that they do, in fact, run the world, or whiteboarding and game-changing in a hastily crafted updo, somewhere in a closely guarded back room at the UN. She's got plans to shake up the planet, but you're on a need-to-know basis for now.
Her adventures have been chronicled everywhere from a NY Times bestseller to the international documentary Eat. Cook. Love. Jennifer is a 2-time Harvard keynote speaker, and in early 2016 she toured Nepal on a speaking tour for the U.S. Department of State to foster women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship.
With an eye on innovation and the human side of problem solving, Jennifer looks at framing, context, and collaboration as the catalysts for growth. She applies these methodologies in her speaking engagements and consulting work. As a first-generation American, Jennifer grew up with a unique perspective requiring her to bridge 3 different cultures — Italian, Scottish, and American — enabling her to craft a broad perspective to her life and work.
As a “special ops” consultant, she guides emerging companies and corporate executives, and organizational initiatives through their next stage of growth, when critical infrastructure, teamwork, and culture are required to sustain longevity. Jennifer has worked with Fortune 500 companies and funded startups, and built several companies of her own.
Her first passion is entrepreneurship, and as a college student at NYU’s Stern School of Business, she was already creating her second company. Jennifer chaired a Stern conference on social entrepreneurship in 1994 — before entrepreneurship or social ventures were understood, recognized as official college majors, or enjoy the mainstream popularity they do today. She now shares her insights with students and professionals around the world, and returns to Stern frequently for speaking engagements and to judge venture competitions. In 2014 she was invited to speak at the Dean’s Leadership Roundtable.
As the closing keynote speaker for Harvard’s Women in Business Week 2015, Jennifer unveiled her newest social venture, The Concordia Project™, whose mission is to create an inclusive global conversation about empowerment and collaborative change. She has also developed initiatives with the U.S. Department of State, multinational brands including Visa and Relais & Chateaux, and non-profit organizations like Bono’s ONE Campaign.
A pioneer in digital media, in 2006 she co-created Culinary Media Network® — the world’s first all-food podcast channel — with food and wine programming also featured on Sirius Radio. Her culinary escapades have been featured in the documentary Eat. Cook. Love., in a national commercial for GoDaddy.com, and the NY Times bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful. She has also been published in anthologies from Wiley-Blackwell and Ashgate, and co-authored The Gilded Fork: Entertaining at Home.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University, and has studied, lived and worked internationally, including studies at La Sorbonne in Paris. She lives in New York City with Herbert II, her resilient fern. She doesn’t like to talk about Herbert I.
The Philosophy of Culinary Tourism
University of Vienna (2012)
The Gilded Fork: Entertaining at Home
The Gilded Fork Publishing (2009)
Food and Sensuality: A Perfect Pairing
Food & Philosophy: Eat, Think and Be Merry (Wiley 2007)
Romantic Love in Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion (Blackwell 2006)
You Are How You Eat – Episode 1: La Dolce Vita or La Vida Loca?
Eat. Cook. Love.
CBC Documentary (September 2012)
PassionHit TV Interview
PassionHit.tv (October 2012)
Fixing Food: Are Regulations the Answer?
GritTV (April 2010)
Gluten-Free for the Holidays
FOX News Radio (December 2011)
Hitting the Books
BusinessWeek Small Biz (September 2006)
GoDaddy National Television Campaign
National Television, US (2004-2005)
Secrets of the Young & Successful
New York Times Bestseller (August 2000)