Josie Lauritsen Lee holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Cornell University, where her studies focused on socio-cultural approaches to education in international development contexts. Formerly an International Programs Officer/Training Specialist with ProLiteracy Worldwide, Josie has worked on projects related to literacy, health, micro-enterprise and human rights with women-focused organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prior to founding Go Jane Give and The Talent Pledge, Josie was a lecturer at the Center for Teaching Excellence at Cornell. She loves to travel, hike and camp with her husband and four children.
Lindsey Phillips is founder of UrbanMums London and UrbanLivingLondon. Prior to co-founding The Talent Pledge, Lindsey worked as a freelance journalist and marketing consultant. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Brigham Young University. Lindsey’s passion lies at the intersection of women, technology and social change. She loves to read, travel, eat chocolate and spend time with her husband and four children.
Rosie Collins is an advertising strategist with a 10-year career helping well-known companies across industries develop and grow their brands. She specializes in digital marketing and has worked with Iris Worldwide, Dare, VCCP and Ogilvy. Her clients have included Nivea, BMW, Nestle Purina, British Airways and Cancer Research UK. When Rosie isn’t working, she enjoys keeping fit, eating in great restaurants and buying shoes. She is committed to empowering women and girls to raise their standard of living and achieve their goals.
Ally Condie is the author the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. She has written several other critically-acclaimed books, all of which focus on strong, complex female characters. Her work has been translated and published into 30+ languages. Ally is a member of the board of Yallwest, an organization that brings books and book festivals to at-risk kids. Ally also judges the Gilda’s Club NYC Teen Essay Contest for teens whose lives are affected by cancer. Ally has four children and loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.
Kristen Daniels-Wade is a development practitioner with a decade of professional experience overseeing projects in Taiwan, Afghanistan, Uganda, and India. She holds an MPA with an international development emphasis from George Washington University and has worked with HELP International, USAID and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. She is co-founder and impact board chair of Musana International, a social enterprise that employs women artisans in Uganda. Kristen teaches yoga and lives in Washington DC with her husband and twin babies.
Amy Keele is founder and CEO of Tüb, a social impact business that employs economically marginalized women to upcycle used bike tubes into bags and accessories. Amy has lived and traveled around the world and has been heavily involved in various volunteer and humanitarian projects. She enjoys reading, outdoor activities and traveling with her husband and three sons.
Kjrsten Madsen studied photography at the University of Utah. Since 2009 she has used her rare talent for film photography to shoot people, places and things around the world. She is responsible for many of the gorgeous images on Go Jane Give. Kjrsten is a feminist, a lover of chocolate chip cookies and the proud mother of three teen girls. You can find her work at kjrstenmadsen.com.
Mindi Morris is project coordinator for Benches and Blackboards, a nonprofit that focuses on supporting education in high-poverty contexts. She has been involved in humanitarian projects in Eastern Europe and Central America. Mindi is a marathon runner and an Ironman triathlete. She loves to travel with her husband and five children.
Candice Sackley is a CPA with Ernst & Young, specializing in international tax. She is interested in supporting social change initiatives locally and abroad. Her involvement with Go Jane Give is a natural extension of this. Candice has traveled around the globe, loves outdoor activities and has a pilot’s license.
Jennie Sanders is a scientist-turned-educator. She earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University and did postdoctoral work in environmental toxicology. Following her postdoc, Jennie turned her sights to reimagining higher education for vulnerable populations in the fields of STEM education and health care. She joined the innovative nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU) and currently serves as the program manager for 21 STEM education faculty. Her team collectively supports over 12,000 non-traditional students each year from disadvantaged backgrounds and produces the largest number of STEM secondary teachers of any school in the U.S. Jennie’s quest is to help every human reach their potential with high-quality, low-cost education. Jennie loves to travel, and she gets itchy if she doesn’t leave the country each year. Together with her husband and three active boys, she hikes, skis, and camps in the mountains they all love. In the quiet moments Jennie enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, gardening (with chickens!), and recently took up the cello.
Saydi Shumway holds an MFA in Family Studies from Wellesley College and a Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. Formerly with Points of Light Foundation, Saydi developed programs to help families engage in volunteer work. She has worked extensively as a therapist/social worker with high risk pregnant women and new mothers. She also helped found the infant arm of an orphanage in India and has worked with humanitarian projects in Africa and Central and South America. Saydi has written on parenting for various publications and co-hosts of the podcast Deliberate Motherhood (available on iTunes). She is a lifestyle photographer who loves traveling, hiking, rock climbing, writing and taking her four children on adventures.
Tiffany Ivins Spence holds a masters degree in International and Comparative Education from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Education from Utah State University. For the past 20 years, Tiffany has worked with a wide range of international development initiatives around the world with ProLiteracy Worldwide, World Education and the Center for Sustainable and Open Learning. She is founder and Executive Director of Community Development Network. Tiffany loves reading, traveling and outdoor adventuring with her husband and four children.
Emily Waltman is a dental hygienist and mother of three. She has worked with humanitarian projects in Kenya and Vietnam and volunteered with the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She holds a B.A. in Exercise Science from the University of Utah. She is an avid traveler, surfer and rock-climber as well as a former competitive snowboarder. Emily works with The Talent Pledge team because she is committed to using her talents to make the world better for others.