Today Is the Day Changemakers announces virtual forum and renowned speaker –

February 04, 2022

Today Is the Day Changemakers Announces Virtual Forum and Renowned Speaker

Looking to make a change in your life, take steps towards your goals, change direction in your career, start a business, start a non-profit organization, improve work-life balance or to reinvent yourself? Get inspired to move forward with notable change makers on an online forum, “Challenge Yourself… Disrupt the Status Quo”.

Presented by Ocean County-based Today is the Day LLC, the international forum will take place Thursday, March 24 from 10:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. via Zoom. The inaugural program will feature more than 30 professionals from all corners of the world, who will share compelling stories of changing their mindset to overcome challenges and achieve ambitious personal and professional goals.

The keynote speaker will be Henry F. De Sio Jr., author of “Changemaker Playbook” and former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama and Chief Operating Officer of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Known as the global changemaker ambassador, he has served as an executive for startups as well as large, complex organizations.

Other speakers will include Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., president and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association; Jeremy Grunin, President of the Grunin Foundation; Adam Philipson, President and CEO of the Count Basie Center for the Arts; and a host of TEDx speakers, CNN heroes, CEOs, founders, authors, entrepreneurs, creators and motivators.

All have been invited to the Today is the Day Changemakers podcast, founded and hosted by New Jersey entrepreneur Jodi Hope Grinwald, of Barnegat. She is CEO and co-founder of the Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation, which provides financial support to help children in need explore the arts.

Forum attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with panelists and fellow attendees in two breakout sessions designed to inspire and inform.

Topics include:

  • Create change – disrupt the status quo
  • If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
  • How Diversity, Equity and Inclusion challenges you as a changemaker and disrupts the status quo
  • Build your story and create your own personal brand
  • How to create authentically meaningful relationships and connections that matter
  • The balance between making a living and making a living

Tanuja Dehne, CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, will open the forum with a moment of global mission and Grinwald will share welcoming remarks. An international networking session will be led by Fred Wasiak, CEO of the Food Bank of South Jersey. The Catalyst for Change Award will be presented to Dennis Budinich, Chief Culture Officer, Investors Bank, based in Short Hills.

Tickets to the Changemakers Forum are $65, and sponsorships at varying levels are available for individuals and businesses. Go to to buy tickets and sponsorships, view the list of participating changemakers and learn more.

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