CEO Virgin Unite and Co-founder of Plus Wonder
Jean is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite, a non-profit foundation set up to unite people and entrepreneurial ideas. Jean has helped corporations put the wellbeing of people and the planet at their core. She’s worked with more than 25 Virgin businesses across 15 industries to help embed purpose in everything they do. She also served as a Partner in the Virgin Group leading their people strategy.
Prior to Virgin, Jean spent 18 years working in six continents to start and help lead mobile phone companies in South Africa, Colombia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the US. She was the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia before starting Virgin Unite.
Jean has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors, including working for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia. She’s also worked in numerous volunteer roles, such as a year-long stint as a VISTA volunteer where she worked with and learned from homeless teens in Chicago.
Guided by a belief that deep connections of all kinds can help people to achieve something bigger, Jean and a great group of partners formed the not-for-profit initiative, Plus Wonder. Over the past 15 year, Plus Wonder have interviewed 60 extraordinary partnerships like President and Rosalynn Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield to name a few.
At Newday, Jean will share Plus Wonder's unique framework, The Six Degrees of Connection, which can help everyone renew and build and deeper relationships, find their true purpose, and make a difference in the lives of others.