OPEN TO PUBLIC – LEADERs Connect in Solidarity – Europe Chapter

March 11, 2022 @ 11:30 am – 12:45 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone

This event is open to the public – let’s encourage our family & friends to come.

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We understand that LEADers are affected in different ways by the conflict in Ukraine.

We have a strong community bonded by shared interests and desire to connect and learn. This is a moment when we can make those bonds count.
The Europe Chapter has reached out to individuals offering support and we extend that to all LEADers who are in, from, or interested in Europe.
We had planned our traditional annual Me2We celebration event for Friday 11 March 20:30-22:00 CET/ 11:30am-1pm PST online.
A celebration is no longer appropriate. Instead, we will host a session to help LEADers connect in solidarity and learn how to put together their own personal plan of action to support others through these experiences.
A panel of experts will help kick off this moment of learning, reflection and action.
Valeriia Voshchevska – a digital strategist, originally from Ukraine, with extensive experience in media, social media and audience engagement, bringing impact-led digital marketing to the world’s largest human rights organization. At 4am on Thursday she woke up in London to the sounds of her parents screaming. Her life changed forever that day when Putin invaded Ukraine. Some of her family have escaped the war, some are still in besieged Kyiv, her hometown. She is now trying to do everything she can to help people in Ukraine to survive.TIME magazine article: The Pain of watching from afar as Putin attacks my country. To speak on experiences in Ukraine and practical opportunities for companies to support those impacted by the conflict.
Elodie Journeau, lawyer – legal expert and trainer. To speak on her extensive expertise and experience in asylum law and refugee rights and share the reality of those on the move drawing on her experiences in Calais and Lesbos as well as what people can do to support refugees and those receiving them.
Professor Sam Wineburg, the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and Professor of History, Stanford. Author of ‘Why Learn History (when it’s already on your phone)’ and TIME magazine article: Preventing viral misinformation. Since 2016 his research has focused on “Civic Online Reasoning,” or how people judge the credibility of information on the Internet. His current book project, A Citizen’s Guide to the Internet (Chicago), with co-author Mike Caulfield, is slated to appear in December 2022. To speak on the power of misinformation.
Janaki Kumar, Co-Instructor of the Customer Engagement Design: A Neuroscience Perspective course; Head of Design, Commercial Bank at JPMorgan Chase & Co.** To speak on the neuroscience of connection, war, grief and how people can cope with this scale of tragedy and threat.**

We will also hear more about the fundraising initiative – LEADERS STAND FOR UKRAINE CIVILIANS led by the Impact by LEAD group.

We remain ready to support the LEAD community during these dark days.

We hope to see you at Me2We.

Emilie White, Deepti Pahwa , Jacco Kort , and Juana Catalina Rodriguez

The Trailblazers running the LEAD Europe Chapter.



Valeriia Voshchevska

Val Voshchevska is a multi-lingual digital strategist, originally from Ukraine, with extensive experience in media, social media and audience engagement, bringing impact-led digital marketing to the world’s largest human rights organization. She is leading the Global Digital Team at Amnesty International and managing over 23 digital specialists as the Global Head of Digital Engagement. Prior to this she was the Global Social Media Editor for Newsweek Magazine after having graduated from KCL. She’s a strong believer in the power that digital has in shaping narratives and mobilizing people all around the world. She regularly runs workshops for independent activists and external organizations, including Transparency International, Oxfam, OSF and Red Cross, on effective digital and media strategy.

At 4am on Thursday  she woke up in London to the sounds of her parents screaming. Her life changed forever that day when Putin invaded Ukraine. Some of her family have escaped the war, some are still in besieged Kyiv, her hometown. She is now trying to do everything she can to help people in Ukraine to survive.

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Elodie Journeau

Elodie Journeau is a Lawyer – legal expert and trainer at the Cabinet Journeau and the Forum Réfugiés – Cosi.

She is a multilingual lawyer specialised in Immigration Law, Asylum law, French Nationality Law, International Human Rights law, International Humanitarian law and Isolated migrant children.

Elodie has extensive experience in legal advice and training including as a voluntary worker for the French Red Cross in Calais and Lesbos, and the United Nations Refugee Agency in Morocco.

She graduated from the Ecole Francaise du Barreau, the Universite de Paris, Universite Paul Cezanne, Abertay University and the Universite d’Orleans.

Her additional interests lie in the Rights of the Child, Gender Issues, Human Trafficking, Transitional Justice, Development and Judicial Reform.


Sam Wineburg
Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and Professor, by courtesy, of History

Professor Sam Wineburg

Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of History & American Studies at Stanford University. Educated at Brown University and Berkeley, he holds a doctorate in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford and an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Umeå University. In 2004, Wineburg founded the Stanford History Education Group (, a curriculum development effort that has grown into the largest provider of free curriculum in the social studies, with over 11 million downloads of its curriculum and assessments. Since 2016 his research has focused on “Civic Online Reasoning,” or how people judge the credibility of information on the Internet— research that has been reported in Time Magazine, the BBC, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, PBS, and translated into dozens of languages. In 2014 he was inducted into the National Academy of Education.

Wineburg’s scholarship has appeared in scholarly journals like Cognitive Science and the Journal of American History as well as popular outlets like The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Slate, USAToday, TIME, and the Smithsonian Magazine. His 2002 book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the “improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts.” In 2018, his research group entered into a partnership with to create a state-of-the-art curriculum on digital literacy, which has been distributed freely to schools throughout the world. His book, Why Learn History When It’s Already on Your Phone, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018. His current book project, A Citizen’s Guide to the Internet (Chicago), with co-author Mike Caulfield, is slated to appear in December 2022.


Head of Design, Commercial Bank

JPMorgan Chase

Janaki Kumar is a design executive with a history of building outstanding teams, fostering a customer-focused culture of excellence, and delivering impactful products.

As Head of Design at JP Morgan Chase’s Commercial Bank, she and her team combine Fintech and Proptech with best-in-class user experience to delight customers. Her mission is to humanize financial services by re-imagining the end-to-end customer experience, and to spark a culture of innovation at the bank.

Prior to JP Morgan Chase, Janaki was the head of the Design and Co-Innovation Center at SAP Labs, Palo Alto, where she delivered award-winning products and services that help businesses transform the way they work. She enjoys building, coaching and inspiring high-performance design teams, leveraging design-thinking, customer empathy, and co-innovation.

Janaki was named a Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2016). She co-authored the book Gamification at Work – Designing Engaging Business Software. She was a speaker at a TEDx conference and a co-instructor at Stanford’s Graduate School Business LEAD course on Customer Experience Design: A Neuroscience Perspective. She is an inventor on over 20 patents. She has a Masters in Information Systems from Boston University, and attended the Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University.



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Emilie White Bio

Emilie White is a European fascinated by universal principles that can be applied to individual and societal transformation.

Her leadership style is based on decades of experience leading international networks, across Europe and globally, and designing innovation with cross-disciplinary teams.

Academically, her journey started with post-colonial literature, through international relations, to the application of behavioural science and neuroscience to the fields of innovation and leadership growth.

Professionally she began her career at the Europe Parliament. This led to 14 years in the international advocacy field where she developed innovative projects, including bringing a think tank online to social media, and launching the first Massive Open Online Course on human rights, gaining 150,000 registrants in 194 countries within a matter of months.

LEAD enabled her shift from intra-preneurship to entrepreneurship, culminating in the founding of Paper Planes, a company combining the strengths of Edtech and Marketing to engage audiences on a global scale.

Driven by her commitment to help innovators solve global problems, she is a coach for executive programs at the Stanford GSB. She is a CF on 5 LEAD courses including the Innovation Playbook and Building Power to Lead.



Deepti Pahwa is Stanford GSB LEAD alumni as well as currently working as an Executive Coach and facilitator for various Stanford GSB LEAD’s Innovation and leadership courses (mentored 200+ design & entrepreneurship & 100+ leadership projects). She is also Founding Partner of LISA (Stanford GSB Lead Incubator & Startup accelerator), an initiative co-founded in 2020, that has grown to be an extensive engaging ecosystem of founders, mentors,  influential guest speakers and VCs that channels the expertise of Stanford LEAD community to help foster entrepreneurship ventures from within wider Stanford community (MBA, MSX, SEED program). The initiative is also working in collaboration with Stanford curriculum – Embark. She also leads Stanford LEAD Europe Chapter as one of the Trailblazers, which regularly provides space, events, and participation of EU wide Stanford LEAD community to network, bond and connect. In addition, she is the Founder of Swiss LEAD Meet-ups for Stanford LEAD alumni.

Deepti has been working at the intersection of Innovation, brand strategy & human-centred design for 18+years with Big Innovation awards and Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Nomination up her sleeve. Her experience spans multiple industries from as Chief Innovation Officer of Health tech start-up in Silicon Valley and working on pandemic technologies with MIT Media labs to leading Product Design & Brand Strategy in the past for Global Lifestyle Brands (Calvin Klein, Swatchgroup, Zalando, Swarovski). Currently, she runs her consulting practice lending thought-partnership to visionary leaders in developing innovative new business models, improving experiences and outcomes, and driving design consistency and standardisation across organisations. Working closely with C-suites, she champions the interdisciplinary, multi-faceted nature of design, and applies design thinking across sectors such as health, technology, the social sector, business strategy & culture. Deepti has also been a Guest speaker at IMD Business School (Privacy by design in digital transformation), serves as Mentor & Judge for MassChallenge Switzerland,  and currently also working as Associate Professor for Innovation in Supply chain In Business School of Lausanne.

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Juana-Catalina Rodriguez

Juana-Catalina is a serial intrapreneur and entrepreneur. She had developed multiple innovation projects in several industries, including fast-moving consumer goods, retail, financial services, mobile retail, cloud storage, digital identities, digital transformation, and social innovation across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. She is a startup advisor, author, and founder of JnC Nova and Juana-Catalina is an executive coach for the Stanford GSB Seed-Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and for Stanford GSB LEAD.


Jacco Kort

Jacco is central Product Owner in Payments for ING. He has over 21 year’s experience in banking and an extensive background in Retail and Wholesale payments, product management, marketing, issuing and acquiring. This includes several product launches, post-merger integrations as well as high profile strategic projects within the payment space. Jacco holds a degree in Business economics, IT audit and acquired Stanford’s LEAD certificates in Corporate Innovation (Venturer) and Personal Leadership (Vanguard) and is currently one of the course facilitators in Financing Innovation and Strategic Leadership. Jacco is an active volunteer in his local community and lives with his wife and two sons in Castricum, The Netherlands.