Social media has taken over our worlds, especially during this time of social distancing.
Hear from Jessica Abo, best-selling author of Unfiltered, alongside Reed Alexander, reporter at Business Insider, about presenting our best selves on social media, ways to use our platforms for good, and the impact social media has on our well-being. The conversation will be moderated by Aija Mayrock, best-selling author and poet.
You'll also learn about UJA’s work to meet the ongoing needs created by the Covid-19 crisis.
Jessica Abo is a sought-after thought leader and best-selling author who speaks to corporations, nonprofits, universities, and schools. Her book, Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media, sold out on its first day. Jessica has presented all over the country including at TEDx, Facebook, Microsoft, Delta Airlines, WW, and the United Nations. She has appeared on the TODAY show, ABC News, Access Hollywood, KTLA, CBS, NY1, and in Forbes, Fast Company and Women's Health. Jessica hosts a weekly business segment on Entrepreneur.com.
An award-winning television journalist, Jessica uses her 20+ years of experience to help executives, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists prepare for keynotes, panels, and on-air interviews. Jessica started her production company to help people share their message with a wide audience. Her crew produces events, company profiles, and more.
Reed Alexander is a journalist and author. Based between New York City and Palm Beach, Florida, he has reported for a variety of news outlets. Currently, he covers investment banking and financial institutions, and has written for publications including Business Insider, Dow Jones, and CNN International.
He was previously a contributor to BBC News Radio in London, and a longtime contributor to NBC's Today show.
Reed holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree from New York University.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Reed was an actor on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly, where he played the role of Nevel, and also authored the hit cookbook KewlBites: 100 Nutritious, Delicious, and Family-Friendly Dishes (Rodale Publishing). The book was endorsed in a cover quote by President Bill Clinton, who called it "a valuable guide for a new generation."
On social media, he commands over 170,000 followers across Twitter and Instagram.
Aija Mayrock is a best-selling author and poet. Her first book, The Survival Guide to Bullying, was published by Scholastic in 2015. Her second book and debut book of poetry, Dear Girl, was published by Andrews McMeel in August 2020. Aija has performed her poetry all over the U.S., including at venues like Madison Square Garden, The Microsoft Theater, SXSW, United Nations, the Harvard Club, the Key Arena in Seattle, and Town Hall.
Aija was a TODAY Hero of the Year in 2018 and she and her poetry have been featured on Good Morning America, Today.com, The View, Forbes, Pop Sugar, Bustle, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, among others. She has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, where she shares her poetry and writing.
UJA Young Leaders Community Leadership
Chair, Halley Weinreb
Vice Chairs, Andrew Nahum & Michael Shale
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