Virago Futures is an innovation studio uniting businesses and communities through authentic leadership and intelligent ecosystems. Our work is an alchemy of tech, data, intuition, magic, and art and the results have been world changing connections and creations.
A world class ecosystem architect, Virago Futures Founder and CEO, Jeanne Brooks has pioneered in humanity-centered design, authentic leadership and community engagement. She is a trusted fixer, boldly guiding leaders through uncharted territory. A designer of community-powered networks, she’s launched and lead knowledge-sharing networks around the world with groups such as Emojination, Hacks/Hackers, DataKind, NASA, and the Online News Association. A serial seed starter, she has been a co-founder of Emojination, Misinfocon, Stacktrace, Shine Squad and has supported the launch of dozens of projects.
A mentor and advisor to innovative startups and movement building organizations, Jeanne brings deep experience in cultivating creative leadership, design and training experiences that integrate technology, data and creativity with humanity. She has designed and produced collaborative experiences with partnerships that span across foundations, investors, media, the private sector, government organizations and universities and has facilitated innovation experiences at MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and more.
Before launching Virago Futures Jeanne was the Director of Global Communities at DataKind where she developed community-powered safety & belonging guidelines for the network and launched the popular lunch series Machine Eatable in partnership with Microsoft NY, hosting a conversation at the forefront of data science and social good. As a Fellow at the Reynolds Journalism institute, Jeanne was the first-ever executive director of Hacks/Hackers where she explored business models around the decentralized network and developed a partnership with Google News Lab to create Hacks/Hackers Connect a program for media entrepreneurship and the Hacks/Hackers Foundation.
A leader in inclusive and creative experience design, Jeanne was an advisor to the pilot program of NASA Space Apps Next Gen, a high school level hackathon, and helped produce Space Apps NYC, Hacking Journalism at the Washington Post on Data and at Conde Nast on video, as well as This American Life’s Audio Hackathon and CODEX.
Speaking around the world on connecting and empowering communities, she’s guest lectured at notable places such as Hacks/Hackers Buenos Aires Media Party, Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, CUNY's Graduate School of Journalism, and Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri.