The Art of the Hustle: A Woman's Field Guide

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How are you showing up in your life? Are you living your best at home and at work? Join Harvard Kennedy School graduates Courtney Walsh and Jinnyn Jacob for a stimulating discussion about the twisty road of leadership, culture, and finding your strengths so that you can empower others and about how to leverage vital partnerships to get to the next level. Part of this story includes their experiences building Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development and about how to be an entrepreneur inside and outside your organization.


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Courtney Walsh is a Manager in the People Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. She was previously the Manager of Corporate and Strategic Partnerships at Polaris, where she advised companies on anti-human trafficking initiatives to integrate into their overall operations and supply chains. Ms. Walsh has also served as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton and, before that, a Research Associate and Fellow for Catalyst’s Center for Equity in Business Leadership. She began her career in the Dominican Republic, where she focused on community development initiatives. Outside of work, she currently serves on the board of the Harvard Women in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development organization and is an Adjunct Professor in American University's MBA program.


Jinnyn Jacob is a connector of people and ideas. For the last 11 years she has used this talent to unleash the innovative potential of organizations and individuals and to facilitate a greater understanding of different cultures and important political issues. She currently leads Booz Allen’s growing network of innovation spaces across the country. She also leads partnerships for Booz Allen’s D. C. Innovation Center, a place where talent, clients, and the greater innovation community come together to co-create solutions to global challenges. Some of her most memorable projects include the creation of the Aspen Ideas Award for the Aspen Institute; leading an engagement to build a culture of innovation for a Fortune 5 client; running a global crowdsourcing challenge for the Department of Defense on issues related to mental health; shaping Booz Allen’s innovation tools and strategy; and building networks of physical and virtual innovation spaces. In 2018 she became one of DC Live’s “New Power Women in DC Tech” and was named one of DC Inno’s “50 on Fire,” winning the “InnoBlazer Award” for the top influencer in the Community and Investment category.

She has experience working in innovation, leadership, communications, project management, and social entrepreneurship. She has experience fostering cultures of collaboration and starting enterprises across sectors and countries. Previously, she worked with Pew Global Attitudes Project to better understand the Muslim world; researched women’s leadership and youth civil society as a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey; worked with the Council of Women World Leaders to champion the agenda of the world’s female heads of state; co-created a social enterprise providing English-language and leadership education to under-served populations in Mexico; and built an academic department and the first female political society in Qatar.

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