Jennifer Kushell, CEO and founder of Young & Successful Media and YSN.com, has been on a mission to impact the lives and futures of young people globally for the past two decades. As creator of Exploring Your Potential (EYP) the revolutionary career planning online education platform, Kushell aims to dramatically change how we prepare the next generation for the world of work.
Kushell sculpts groundbreaking campaigns around youth empowerment, employment and entrepreneurship, bringing educational, government and corporate stakeholders together to impact millions.
Such programs have included: piloting the first coding and entrepreneurship boot camps for Job Corps/US Dept of Labor; building Exploring Your Potential with Bloomberg Businessweek; creating the first virtual work curriculum in the Middle East for Education for Employment; producing the first 100 country contest with the Subway Global Challenge; and the NextGen in Franchising campaign to connect the International Franchise Association with high potential startups with scalable business concepts.
Author of the New York Times Bestseller Secrets of the Young & Successful, Kushell has been called the “Career Doctor” by Cosmopolitan and a “guru” by US News and World Report. She is an advisor to leading global youth organizations, a frequent delegate of several State Department led entrepreneurship missions, and Youth Advisor for the UN’s Sustainable Development Committee. Kushell is an advisor to GenDev, the leading virtual reality entertainment startup focused on youth unemployment, and also serves as a Trustee of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund, spearheaded by Junior Chamber International and the UN Sustainable Development Goal Action Campaign.
A relentless advocate for ambitious young people everywhere, Kushell has traveled 2 million miles and visited 50 countries. In 1993, at 19, her Young Entrepreneurs Network was one of the first online communities on CompuServ. In her 20s, Kushell was instrumental in spearheading the young entrepreneur movement in America, garnering 300 million media impressions about the new trend. In her 30s, YSN.com was launched as the first professional social network for young people, engaging 25,000 from 160 countries.