Jessica Porter is a consultant, writer, and speaker with extensive experience advising organizations across sectors and across geographies to create change. As an architect of women’s leadership development programs, she leverages academic research to produce a wide variety of learning solutions that advance women in organizations. In the US, she works with Fortune 500 companies to design and deliver global programs for women. In Africa, she consults to NGOs to create sustainable opportunities for women. In every arena, Jessica’s work reflects her expertise in connecting research and practice with her knowledge of gender, diversity, and leadership development.
While a Research Project Manager at Harvard Business School, Jessica was the lead researcher for Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work, by Leslie Perlow. Their research focused on how small interventions with project teams at the Boston Consulting Group improved teamwork and satisfaction, and ultimately evolved into a firm-wide change initiative. Their HBR article, Making Time off Predictable - and Required, describes their experience creating small wins with BCG teams and can be found here.
Jessica Porter has a BA from Clark University and an MBA from Simmons School of Management. At a local level, she is co-founder of a non-partisan organization with the mission of increasing women's representation in her town's government. She lives in Dedham, Massachusetts with her spouse and two children.