2016 Luncheon Honoree - Innovator
CEO/Founder Talk to Jess, Strategist and Consultant for Barbie®, Dove® Global Self-Esteem Ambassador
For reshaping the definition of beauty.
Jess Weiner is changing cultural messages one brand at a time. From advising on Barbie’s latest body evolution to Dove’s memorable Real Women campaign, the results of her work behind the scenes have come to light over the years, making significant waves in terms of how we approach women, girls and confidence.
Jess is an acclaimed writer, speaker, author and entrepreneur with over two decades of experience as a thought leader on social and cultural change.
She is the CEO of Talk to Jess, a consulting and strategy firm that acts as a thought partner for companies who seek to change their messaging toward women and girls. In this role, she makes change from the inside out by partnering with brands and businesses to help shift the way we think, see and talk about women and girls.
Jess remains a driving force behind cultural change, serving as Dove’s Global Self-Esteem Ambassador for the past decade. She’s the author of two best-selling books and her TEDx Talk, “The Confidence Myth,” explores the messy, simple, and often overlooked truth about cultivating confidence.
Jess is currently an adjunct professor at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism where she teaches personal branding and entrepreneurship. She’s also an affiliated faculty member of USC’s Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative (MDSCI) headed by Dr. Stacy Smith.
She has been recognized by FORBES magazine as one of the "14 Power Women to Follow" on Twitter and INC. Magazine recently named her in their “21 Thought Leaders Every Entrepreneur Should Follow in 2016” feature.