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Ja-Naé Duane - Overdrive Interactive. Greater Boston Area, MA, US

Ja-Naé Duane

Director of Social Media | Overdrive Interactive

Greater Boston Area, MA, UNITED STATES

Speaker; Educator; Strategist; Author: How to Start a Business w/$100 & How to Create a Revolution; Helping you change the world




How to Leverage Social Media to Grow Your Business Revolutionary change cycle Linkedin for Lawyers Use Online Marketing to Date Your Leads & Marry Your Customers How to Breed a Team of Innovators The Leaders: Lessons from the Girl Scouts


Mashable's International Social Media Day Creating Revolutions: How to Be the Change You Wish to See in The World The Power of Vulnerability




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)

Corporate Leadership

Performing Arts

Training and Development

Professional Training and Coaching

Social Media




Business Services


Areas of Expertise (10)



Creative Leadership






Social Media


Accomplishments (2)

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.

Education (4)

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

Testimonials (4)

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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  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Author Appearance


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