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Living A

Purposeful Life

Jovian Zayne is an international speaker and certified leadership and professional development coach with over a decade of experience in change management, global diversity leadership development, and organizational transition planning and design. She leads the OnPurpose Movement®, a firm committed to helping organizations and individuals to "live and work on purpose,” through targeted coaching, public speaking and facilitation experiences. Jovian is a recognized Thought Leader in the professional development and diversity-training field, and has a client list across sectors that includes: Google, Goldman Sachs, The New York Times, Columbia University, Harvard University, The Clinton Foundation, The Aspen Institute, Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records, and Teach For America.

 

Her work has been featured in NPR, Facebook Watch, The Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, Levo League, and Black Enterprise, among others.  

 

Jovian is a 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and alongside notable individuals such as Tarana Burke, Serena Williams, and Lebron James, Jovian was named to the 2018 Root 100, an annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. This list honors the innovators, leaders, public figures and game changers whose work is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation. 

 

She is the Founder of the annual International Day of Purpose®, a day created to inspire people of all generations to celebrate and activate the power of their purpose. In partnership with The Obama Administration, KIND Snacks®, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YWCA-NYC; and various organizations and celebrities, its global reach has touched over 16 million people around the world.

 

In her most recent corporate position as a Managing Director of Talent Recruitment at Teach for America (TFA), Jovian managed a team that worked with the top leadership of the organization to both identify top talent and to cultivate more than 2,000 professionals across over twenty Teach For America regions. In this role she led an initiative that increased the diversity of new hires from 23% to over 51%, resulting in the most diverse staff in Teach For America’s history, and was appointed by the Chief People Officer to facilitate org-wide staff diversity and leadership trainings. She co-led the team that improved the time-to-fill rate by over seven weeks. The results of her management yielded a direct and tangible impact on organizational productivity and return on talent investment. Prior to her time with TFA, Jovian was on a fast track at Black and Decker Corporation, promoted three times in as many years within the marketing function, where her team had a double-digit impact on sales lift and client portfolio expansion.

 

Jovian currently serves as a professional development consultant for clients across the private sector in industries including technology, entertainment, and media, and a host of public sector consulting including education, government, and social justice. Her mantra “Live on Purpose” drives not only her professional success but also serves as an effective motivational tool that she encourages her clientele to live by, and a metric by which to assess their impact and leadership development. She is passionate about inspiring the individuals and organizations that she works with to be architects of change and stewards of purposeful living.

 

Jovian is an IGNITE leadership fellow with NYU’s Wagner Graduate School for Public Service and a frequent speaker, facilitator, and coach on issues regarding leadership, professional development, diversity, and empowerment. She is a contributing author in the anthology by Red Letter Publishing, Lessons in Leadership, in which she describes the importance of identifying and harnessing your purpose to become an effective leader.  Jovian is 
a Founding Partner of Becoming Better Together, LLC, a collaborative consulting, coaching, and training organization dedicated to helping leaders and organizations work from their collective wisdom while building the relationships, confidence, skills, and leadership to take action and expand their impact

 

A woman clear in her own purpose, Jovian Zayne is a change agent and an illuminating force whose goal is to foster positive growth and development at every touchpoint around her. She holds a BA in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was the first African American woman to be elected Senior Class President, as well as management training and certifications from Wake Forest University’s Graduate School of Business.

 

When she’s not working tirelessly to drive professional change and advancement for organizations and individuals, Jovian is a humanitarian who supports philanthropic endeavors not just financially, but with her expertise and time.  Her efforts have included her service as a member of the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Technical Director of the annual Thrivals Conference at the national Idea Festival; and her mentorship as a part of the Greater Allen Cathedral Girls Rites of Passage Mentor Program, to name only a few.

 

Jovian and her husband enjoy a bi-coastal lifestyle, often between Los Angeles, and New York City, though she claims Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she spent her formative years, as home.  In her personal time, she enjoys live music, traveling and sharing artisanal french fries with family and friends. As a part of her travels she's been noted in Marie Claire, Refinery 29 and Essence Magazine for her street style and engaging personality.