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Co-founder Women Making Waves & Founder Stashd


Jess Wilson is a real example of small-town girl turned globally recognised and awarded tech entrepreneur.

Jess started her first business at 16 and her second at 22, which she scaled into 130 countries and was a finalist contestant on China’s version of Shark Tank x The Apprentice ‘The Next Unicorn’ which aired to 15M p/episode.

Jess has taken on industries ripe for disruption utilizing technology with millennial and Gen-Z markets at the forefront, establishing her as a leading voice in women leadership, innovation and emerging technologies.

More recently Jess co-founded Waves Tech Ventures, a company that leverages emerging technologies to create impact. The first portfolio company, Women Making Waves, is a tech company funding and scaling women’s rights law reform in Australia and the United States, introducing a new demographic to philanthropy, working with law reform experts who have changed an accumulative 45+ laws and counting. WMW has collaborated with the likes of Google, Airbnb and TikTok and partnered with the likes of Deepak Chopra’s The Chopra Foundation and Caren Yanis, who built Oprah’s philanthropy portfolio since its launch in December of 2022.

Jess has been pinned by Forbes as one of 1,000 entrepreneurs under 30 to change the world in the next 50 years, appeared on Smart Company’s 30 under 30 three times and toured as the opening keynote speaker for Tony Robbins and Tom Bilyue throughout their national tours.

Jess is most known for her keynotes on leadership, AI and emerging technologies and her fast-paced journey as a female founder over the last decade.

Jess has been featured in media publications such as Forbes, The Huffpost, Virgin, the front page of The Australian national newspaper, Vogue, Harper Bazaar, ABC, The AFR, Studio10 and CNN, to name a few.

Talking Points

The Entrepreneur's Journey

Jess has been a repeat entrepreneur since 16, her first tech startup Stashd scaled to 130 countries and she is now working on Women Making Waves which utilizes Web3 technology to fund and scale women's rights law reform across Australia and the United States. Jess has always been able to predict trends and act on them to become a market leader in technology and scale. The process from the opportunity to validating an idea to creating a business Jess has done time and time again - the way Jess tends to do it though, is by challenging the status quo, being audacious enough to ask for what she wants and going after it!

- The founding story, the real and raw startup stories directly from a repeat entrepreneur
- How to move from idea to business
- Jess structured her keynotes with a mix of storytelling and direct learning ensuring the audience is entertained and learns something new!

From a small town as one of 6 in her year at school to being pinned by Forbes as one of 1,000 entrepreneurs under 30 to change the world in the next 50 years. This keynote shares the story and key learnings from a mindset and tactical skill perspective.

Women Leadership

An empowering and insightful look at the current statistics of women in leadership, what the future holds, real-world case studies from Jess's career and how we can start to level the playing field.

Innovation: Understanding emerging technology and how to stay relevant in a fast moving world

A look into what new waves of technology looks like and how we have experienced them throughout history to understand experiential curves and discussions around Web3 and/or AI pending the client's preference. Jess speaks on technology with the firm belief that we don't need to get caught up in jargon, it's possible and more enjoyable to learn about these new technologies in plain English so anyone can understand - simplifying and portraying the latest in an easy-to-understand format.

Gender Equality: A deep dive into the history of women's rights law reform and disrupting the legal system

Many women's rights laws were created 120 years ago when the TV was non-existent, and women couldn't vote or open a business - there have been monumental women throughout history who have changed this via law reform. This keynote looks at history giving the audience an insightful look at the history of gender equality and also how Jess and Women Making Waves is using technology to fund and scale women's rights law reform working with experts who have changed an accumulative 45+ laws and counting across Australia and the United States.

Resilience: Turning your 'why' into impact

Jess speaks with first-hand experience of navigating a sexual assault lawsuit and coming out the other side successfully. Lessons learnt from a mindset and resilience perspective. This is a very empowering keynote providing actionable resilience tools to the audience whilst leaving feeling inspired and ready to back themselves when they come across adversity.
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