Serial Entrepreneur, Best-selling Author, Philanthropist
A serial social entrepreneur passionate about disruptive technologies, with a decade of experience in Homeland Security technology solutions. Jen invested in and helped build a Dept. of Homeland Security Anti-Terrorism Technology company, co-founded by the U.S. DOE and funded by DNDO (Domestic Nuclear Detection Office) to develop and deploy technologies to protect global infrastructure from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack. The company's award winning sensor technology was built to protect seaports, borders and critical infrastructure. One of her current companies is building next-generation, high-capacity, environmentally friendly batteries. She was also a former advisory board member of an innovative biotechnology firm that won the prestigious Frost & Sullivan award for best pancreatic cancer diagnosis and treatment company- today, Precision Biologics.
Jen is passionate about macroeconomics, securing our grid and global trends. In early '07 speeches and as editor of the Contrarian Consensus she was one of the first voices to warn of a coming crash of 1929 proportions and to forecast gold's rise above $1,000. She is a part of several think tanks including: The Task Force on National and Homeland Security, The Aspen Institute, TED, The National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Renaissance Weekend, Summit Series and is on the Steering Committee of the Secure The Grid Coalition.
Her first entrepreneurial endeavor was in her early twenties when she quickly rose to be one of the youngest top fashion designers in North America. Winning numerous awards and industry recognition including: The Young Woman of Achievement Award and The Clairol Fashion Award for Young Talent. Her bestselling motivational guide for young women, published by Penguin Putnam in 2000, sold in 20 countries and is available in 7 languages. She was a frequent commentator on over 100 radio and TV shows including; ABC, CBS, CTV, FOX, CNBC, MSNBC, Good Day New York, New York One, Report on Business TV.
She was the co-founder and co-chairman of the Metropolitan Foundation Gala in New York City for over 13 years raising money for breast cancer and the environment. She was awarded the Manhattan Award honoring individuals who have made a special contribution to the city’s spirit, excellence, and compassion. In her teens she competed on the European Pro Freestyle skiing circuit, winning the Italian championships and placing 2nd in the Swiss championships.