Jeremy is a social entrepreneur and inspiring voice for women’s rights globally. He created i=Change to help accelerate the impact of extraordinary development projects, focused mostly on empowering women and girls.
As a young man, Jeremy was moved to action while living in Cuba. He was shocked at how violence against women seemed accepted and was even considered 'normal' across Latin America. This left him with a burning question... Why is such abuse so common in some communities while abhorrent in others?
Over the last ten years in an attempt to understand this issue, Jeremy's met with NGO's, sat with communities and spoken to media around the world.
Jeremy believes the solution lies in engaging men, modeling respectful relationships to our youth, and funding best-practice NGO's.
Jeremy is passionate about the enormous potential, that often won't be realised, in women and girls around the world. How could i=Change be part of the solution?
Jeremy also makes Yellingbo olive oil with his father on their family grove. Three years ago at three am in New York, wishing to find a way for Yellingbo to give back, an idea arrived. What if Yellingbo committed a small donation with every sale, and simply asked their customers to choose where it goes? What if an ecosystem could be built for other brands to give back the same way?
After much beta testing, (and making many mistakes), i=Change 2.0 launched. Almost immediately, i=Change's first retail partner, Nine West, experienced the value of engaging customers in their giving with every sale. As a highly innovative cause-marketing solution, i=Change is now growing fast.
From refugee camps to the corridors of power, Jeremy shares a journey that has crossed continents. He speaks on disruptive models of business, the business of giving back, and how investing in women and girls will be the greatest drivers of growth and stability this century. He recently gave a TED talk on this topic.