Based in Toronto, Canada, Jessica Santonato is a TEDx Speaker and inspirational speaker. She is an award-winning author and in her latest memoir “Joy Is Your Only Job”, she shares her journey of living a criminal lifestyle, gang rape, attempted suicide and domestic violence before the age of 30, to her rise in conscious leadership and philanthropy by the age of 35. Recognized for her leadership abilities, she was one of three people chosen by an American personal development company to help more than a thousand entrepreneurs from across all continents with their communication and effectiveness. She is the founder of ‘Flip The Script’, a raw, unfiltered storytelling community where everyday people share how they’ve transformed their pain into gifts. Proceeds from events and workshops support ‘From The Streets To The Stage’, the non-profit storytelling program for inmates and ex-cons led by Jessica and her team.
Prior to her leadership efforts, Jessica left an abusive marriage and started her entrepreneur journey in New York City while raising three young kids on her own. On top of her experience as a health radio show host, she has been featured in media such as Cosmopolitan Magazine and Rogers TV, various podcasts and has given talks at Humber College, Mississauga City Hall and at an event for international peace activist and conscious hip-hop artist, Emmanuel Jal. She has provided insight to government organizations and law enforcement on gaps in the judicial system when it comes to protecting the safety of those who’ve experienced domestic violence.
Known to have her ‘sweet girl’ side unapologetically drop the regular F-bomb, Jessica nourishes her soul with healthy home-cooked meals, traveling and making regular date nights with her second husband Michael, and family time with their three children, a non-negotiable.
“Women’s empowerment is incredible. At the same time, we cannot leave men behind. Let’s encourage self-expression instead of emasculating men.”