Jessica Shortall

Jessica Shortall

Strategy Consultant, Social Entrepreneur and Author

Jessica Shortall is a nationally recognized advocate, author, and speaker, focusing on social impact, workplace diversity, gender and society, and the economic case for supporting people to bring their whole selves to work.

Jessica is a prolific writer and speaker about and for working parents; about a diverse, human workforce; and about doing good in the world. Her 2015 book, Work. Pump. Repeat., is a survival guide for breastfeeding and going back to work, and her TED talk that same year on the moral and economic case for paid family leave was a TED Talk of the Day" and has 1.5 million views.

By day, Jessica runs Texas Competes, a coalition of more than 1,400 Texas employers making the economic case for Texas to be welcoming to LGBTQ people, and American Competes, a new national coalition in the same vein. Jessica keynoted SXSW 2017 – to two standing ovations – on the story of Texas Competes, the Texas bathroom bill, and building unexpected bridges in a divided time.

Jessica was the first Director of Giving at TOMS Shoes; co-founder of The Campus Kitchens Project, a hunger and nutrition program now active on more than 50 college campuses; and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan. She has a bachelor’s in Art History from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship. She is married with two kids.

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