Jill Iscol, Tina Brown and Reshma Saujani join 92YTribeca to discuss social activism today.
Jill Iscol, educator and activist, discusses her non-profit organization IF Hummingbird Foundation and her new book Hearts on Fire, which profiles 14 activist visionaries. Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast and Newsweek talks about her annual Women in the World Summit, a conference which is dedicated to advancing women and girls through stories and solutions. And Reshma Saujani, previous deputy public advocate at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate, speaks about her non-profit organization Girls Who Code, which works to close the gender gap in technology and engineering sectors.
Educator and activist Jill Iscol, Ed.D, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic and educational inequalities that threaten it. For the past two decades Jill has supported and participated in numerous organizations and has developed an expertise in identifying visionary leaders and programs at early stages of their development. She fosters their advancement by providing seed capital and guidance enabling them to become stable, sustainable and successful organizations, impacting lives around the globe.
As a Democratic Party activist, Jill served as co-chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate’s New York Finance Committee and as national vice-chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President’s 2008 Finance Committee.
In addition, Jill serves as a Trustee of Horizons National, on the Advisory Board of the Center for New American Security in Washington, as a member of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service and was most recently appointed to the US-Afghan Women’s Council.
Jill’s first book, Hearts on Fire: Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, was released as a Random House Trade Paperback in January 2013.
Tina Brown, founder and editor in chief of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company, is one of the highest-profile, most talked-about editors in the world. From a young writer for Punch magazine and the Sunday Times, she quickly rose through the ranks of the magazine industry on both sides of the Atlantic to become editor in chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, publisher of Talk magazine and most recently, editor in chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
In 2011, The Daily Beast merged with Newsweek magazine. The web site was awarded the 2012 Webby award for best news site, and hit a traffic high of 18.2 million unique visitors. Newsweek’s tablet edition has seen a download increase of 410% since the app was relaunched under Tina’s direction in early 2012.
As Vanity Fair’s editor in chief, Brown pioneered celebrity journalism and increased its circulation from 250,000 to 1.2 million. Following her success at Vanity Fair, Brown went to the venerable literary magazine, The New Yorker, where she became the first woman ever to serve as the editor. Brown hosted a well-received television program, "Topic A with Tina Brown," on CNBC and in 2007 her biography, The Diana Chronicles spent several weeks at the top of The New York Times best-seller list.
In March 2010, Tina launched the annual Women in the World summit, and following its globally recognized success recently founded the Women in the World Foundation, which will serve as a resource to all who seek to learn about and engage on issues of importance to women and girls.
Brown and her husband, Sir Harold Evans live in New York and have two children.
Reshma Saujani is a Democrat running for New York City Public Advocate. She is the former Deputy Public Advocate and the founder of Girls Who Code.
As a public servant, Reshma harnessed the power of her office to promote civic engagement and government accountability. She spearheaded public projects aimed at spurring citywide job and economic growth, engaging immigrant communities, supporting small businesses, improving education, creating public empowerment and using technology to vastly improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.
In June 2012, Reshma founded Girls Who Code, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to educate, inspire and equip underserved girls ages 13-18 with the skills and resources necessary to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The organization launched with investments from Twitter, General Electric, eBay and Google. Reshma is also the author of a new book on female leadership entitled Women Who Don't Wait in Line which will be released by Amazon Publishing in 2013.
In 2010, Reshma became the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress. She campaigned in New York’s 14th Congressional District as a passionate Democrat and community organizer.
As the daughter of refugees who fled the violence of Idi Amin's Uganda for the freedom of the United States, she has a personal interest in ensuring a political voice and economic opportunity for all Americans. Reshma earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Yale Law School.