At age 12 Jen was uprooted from homogenous “white-bread” Midwestern suburbia with a move to the inner-city ghetto. Surrounded by guns, and gangs and poverty, she realized that the world is full of people living vastly different lives, and that, to a great extent, a life can be consciously crafted. So, she decided to do just that.
She worked 2 jobs, attended 2 high schools simultaneously, ticked off all the extra-curricular boxes necessary, and started college by age 15. At 17 she moved to New York and attended Cornell University. By 19 she had met the love of her life (and now husband of 20+ years), and dropped out of college in favor of the San Francisco dot-com boom. There, she helped grow and secure funding for a tech company which helped retailers put their products online, back when “nobody is ever gonna use their credit card over a computer.”
She and her husband have since started multiple companies and coached entrepreneurs, as it is a true passion to show people that life can be so much more bountiful and fulfilling than a 9-to-5 typically offers. Jen is also an internationally shown conceptual artist. (“Think Yoko Ono, but weirder.”)
She, her husband, and 3 of their 4 kids. (“The other claims to be an adult!”) have been slow-traveling since 2007 in a variety of ways, from ski leases with other families, to 6-18 month stints in several US cities, to 18 months full-timing in a 100 sq. ft RV through most of the USA, to cruising Mexico, to backpacking Europe, Turkey & Greece, to long visits to Montreal, where her step-son now resides. She is currently in Scottsdale, Arizona, taking trips whenever possible, and attempting to learn to sail.
Jen is also an admin of the Worldschoolers facebook group, currently over 22,000 members strong. “Helping others forge multi-cultural friendships and find the support and resources they need to shape their lives and launch their own adventures is deeply rewarding!”