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Empowering Millions: Jacki Zehner Spotlight

In this episode, we feature chief engagement officer of Women Moving Millions and president of the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, Jacki Zehner. Zehner inspires many with her path in the financial world, becoming the first and youngest female to go from trader to partner at Goldman Sachs. Through Women Moving Millions, Zehner tells us about the meaning of becoming a “career philanthropist” to advance and empower women and girls. Zehner provides amazing advice to listeners about how women can succeed in the business world—and how everyone can work to empower women and girls in their lives.

Zehner dedicates her time and resources toward the advancement of women and girls. As the president of the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past 15 years, Zehner funds a wide variety of projects and organizations, with a particular focus on women’s rights, women’s foundations, movement building, and media. Zehner joined Women Moving Millions as a member in 2009, and since 2012 she has served as their chief engagement officer. WMM is a community of 260 members that have collectively given over $1 billion to organizations and programs that focus on females—making it the largest philanthropic network in the world of women funding women. Prior to her philanthropic focus, Zehner was a partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she was the youngest woman and first female trader to make partner. 

In addition to her work with WMM, Zehner serves on a number of boards and advisory committees, including The Sundance Institute.  She is an active writer, speaker, and consultant on topics relating to women and wealth, philanthropy, and leadership.  She is a featured Influencer on LinkedIn, attracting nearly 400,000 subscribers to date, and has been recognized for her leadership with many awards, including being recently named to the Economist’s Global Diversity List as a top 50 diversity figure in public life, and Inside Philanthropy’s Most Powerful Women in US Philanthropy.

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