Vanessa Valenti

My life's work is committed to plotting and creating new solutions for social change. 

In 2004 – the same year Facebook was born – I co-founded, a tiny blip of a blog that grew to become the largest online feminist community in the world. The experience hooked me, and I've been creating next generation ventures for social impact since. 

My favorite work involves collaborating and experimenting in new forms of movement-building. You can usually find me curating a crew of brilliant rabble rousers changing the world, helping a speaker step into their power on stage, or strategizing to pinpoint that one, stunning story that will amplify righteous work to the online masses. 


"Vanessa is that unique person who both has big, radical ideas and the everyday drive to make those ideas happen. And when the struggle gets real, she manages to infuse every situation with levity and, 
dare I say, joy."



About Vanessa.

Vanessa Valenti is CEO of FRESH Speakers, a next generation speakers bureau focused on creating more diversity in the public speaking world, which she founded in 2014, alongside co-founders Courtney Martin and John Cary. She is a Partner of Valenti Martin Media, a social change communications consultancy, she also founded with Martin. She is also the co-founder and former Managing Editor of the award-winning blog, which she founded with Jessica Valenti, and #femfuture, an experimental initiative on building sustainability and impact in online feminism. 

Vanessa is a TED speaker and coach, and was the 2016 recipient of the TED Residency, where she explored solutions to inspire minds to redesign thought leadership. She has also won several awards for her activist work and Feministing, including the Hillman Prize for Exemplary Reporting that Fosters Social and Economic Justice. 

Over the last decade, Vanessa has worked with a range of institutions and organizations across the globe, including TED, Intel, AOL, UN Women, The Clinton Foundation, Planned Parenthood and more, inventing new forms of online movement-building, content development and curation, and storytelling, both online and on stage. 

When she's not working, Vanessa is unplugging with her husband, their two kids, and two cats in a little Hudson river town in upstate New York. 



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