One-woman revolution Ja-Naé Duane stormed into the limelight at age 13 as an award-winning public speaker. Since then, the intrepid speaker, educator, strategist, social scientist, artist, and author of How to Start Your Business with $100 has captured the media’s attention, appearing in The Associated Press, NPR, Classical Singer Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Business Week. Her impressive skill set and unwavering commitment to improving the quality of life for the global community garnered Ja-Naé a nomination as one of New England’s Most Innovative Leaders of 2007. Ja-Naé spearheads a plethora of ventures as CEO of Wild Women Entrepreneurs, CEO of Ja-Naé Duane Ventures, Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Artist Leaders Coalition, and Founder of The Leaders. Additionally, Ja-Naé is a professional opera singer, a social media strategist, and a faculty member at Northeastern University. Her latest book, “How to Create a Revolution: A Step-by-Step Guide to History’s Social Influencers” can be found on Amazon and iTunes.
Industry Expertise (10)
Areas of Expertise (10)
Winner of 3 Awards for Campaign: Ban Asbestos Now (professional)
IAC Award for Best Legal Website, Ban Asbestos Now, Winner
Web Marketing Association Award for Advocacy Standard of Excellence, Winner
Web Marketing Association Award for Legal Standard of Excellence, Winner
Started Wild Women Entrepreneurs with $100 (professional)
Started Wild Women Entrepreneurs with $100 and grew it to 55 chapters in 7 countries.
Boston University: AD, Opera 2004
Carnegie Mellon University: MA, Opera 2002
New England Conservatory of Music: BA, opera 2000
Northeastern University: BA in Opera, Music 2000
Sue B Zimmerman , Organizer | Believe, Inspire, Grow
“Ja-Nae was a wonderful guest speaker for B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow). B.I.G is a women’s support, education and networking organization that embraces women’s desire to connect with each other. Ja-Na facilitated a soical media content driven meeting which will help members reach their personal and professional goals.”
Melki Ko, Director of Sales at Boston SEO | Small Business Summit
“Speakers at conferences usually focus in delivering the information that they forget to engage with their audience. Great speakers should be able to help the audience to "understand" and "remember" what they had learned.
Ja-Naé is one of very few gifted speakers I have met who was able to articulate the discussion succinctly yet in a memorable way. She truly understands the concept of bridging the gap between the social media and business growth which is the fundamental concept many speakers fail to address.
I highly recommend Ja-Naé for her dedication and professionalism towards her work and people she work with.”
Vicky Likens, Owner, President & CEO, Virtually The Best, Ltd. | Spark and Hustle
“Ja-Nae spoke at a conference I attended and she stood out above the other speakers with her "no excuses" approach. She was not only engaging, but provided succinct and actionable advice that was so easy to follow...great take aways for every business owner, whether they're just getting started or have owned a business for years. My favorite tip: "Break all the rules!" I love that...thanks, Ja-Nae! From one rule-breaker to another...thanks for all of your great advice!”
Diego Vaccarezza, Director of Advertising Media | CVS
“If there is one word to describe Ja-Nae, it’s passion. Ja-Nae is driven by the passion she has for the work she does. And there is no one that knows her way around the social sphere better than Ja-Nae. Bring those two elements together and you get a smart, strategic, committed, dedicated, and driven individual who honestly loves what she does.”
Event Appearances (9)
Social Media 101
New England Business Expo Boston, MA
How to Create a Revolution
140 Characters Conference New York, NY
Social Media Today
Mashable International Day Boston, MA
No Money? No Excuse
Spark and Hustle Boston, MA
How to Start Your Business with $100
Constant Contact Boston, MA
How Technology Can Help You (keynote)
Tech Day Camp Boston, MA
Howe to Be the Change You Wish to See in the World
SSWBN for the Educational Foundation Boston, MA
Advanced Social Media Marketing
New England Direct Marketing Association Boston, MA
How to Start Your Business with $100
Believe, Inspire, Grow. Boston, MA
Sample Talks (2)
Leveraging Social Influence for Brands
Word of mouth is marketing gold. When customers are passionate about sharing brand with others, it speaks volumes. Social media magnifies the potential of word of mouth. Today consumers can spread their endorsements to thousands of other people with just a push of the button.Social influence is now measured, tracked, and leveraged as an important part of marketing. Ja-Naé shares how to inspire excitement, engage customers and transform them into your brand evangelists, while measuring results.
How to Be the Change You Wish to See
Every choice that you makes impact not only you, but others. Some you know and some you don't know. How do you make the right choices? How can one person empower others to make a positive change; to turn ones life around and be the change they wish to see in the world. Ja-Nae Duane walks through her journey and how she is helping others rise up and make a change for the better.
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