Women of Tomorrow Leadership
Founder and President
Television Journalist & Author
Jennifer Valoppi is a multi-Emmy Award winning TV journalist, award winning author and social entrepreneur, who has been recognized seven times on the floor of the United States Congress and is a recipient of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s Points of Light Award, the highest honor in Florida.
President & Founder of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program; a unique mentoring organization that is considered a model for the nation. Jennifer is currently engaged in expanding WOT nationally, thanks in part to a $3 million dollar grant from the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Jennifer directs the mentoring of thousands of at-risk young women in over 150 public high schools in more than 50 cities in Florida and Metro Detroit and has helped provide mentees with approximately 3.2 million dollars worth of college scholarships.
WOT is a unique, high impact program, designed by Jennifer in 1997, which boasts a 92% high school graduation rate among an at-risk population. Through Jennifer’s leadership, WOT has received national recognition and has been the focus of study by the Harvard Business School Community Partners Program. Jennifer was named a Heavy Hitter in Non-Profit by the South Florida Business Journal.
She appears frequently on TV, Radio and in print publications as a host, social entrepreneur, expert dealing with Women’s Issues, Mentoring, Journalism and the relationship between science and spirituality – the focus of her novel, Certain Cure. Recent appearances include Lifetime, PBS, WPLG – ABC Miami, CBS 4 Miami, NBC 6 Miami, Comcast Newsmakers, Coast Radio, and Disney Radio, along with numerous local radio stations nationwide. She has appeared recently in The Miami Herald, Gotham Magazine, Ocean Drive Magazine, and Town & Country. Jennifer’s speaking engagements include featured speaker at the Cleveland Clinic’s International Women’s Day, a Weizmann Institute of Science gathering, the International Women’s Forum (IWF) World Leadership Conference 2009 and the 2011 Florida Judicial Conference.
Jennifer has a personal network that runs the gamut from the Dalai Lama to the late Frank Sinatra.
From 1994 to 2005, Jennifer was a lead anchor at NBC 6 WTVJ in Miami, taking the station from a distant #2 to #1 in the 11pm ratings in a matter of two months, and remaining there through most all of her tenure as the 11pm anchor. She managed coverage of multiple hurricanes, the infamous 2000 Presidential Election, the Elian Gonzalez Controversy, the Versace Murder, Olympics and California’s Northridge earthquake (Jennifer’s first day on the air at WTVJ), reporting live from the devastated areas. Concerned about declining standards of ethics, she also took a leading role in driving the station’s commitment to fair, accurate and balanced journalism.
She has consulted on film projects, including Up Close & Personal(1996), with Michele Pfeiffer and Robert Redford, in which she also had a small part and her strong, working knowledge of the legal system as made covering court cases one of her specialties.
As a news anchor at New York’s superstation WWOR-TV for 7 years, she led the station’s coverage of the Gulf War and the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion, along with numerous news programs and specials.
Jennifer created, hosted and produced two of WWOR’s most successful entertainment specials – “Money, Power and Influence, I and II,”nominated for “Best New Syndicated Program,” and won two New York Emmy Awards for “Best On-Air Talent” and “Best Entertainment Special.”
She conducted hundreds of celebrity interviews for the NBC network show “One on One” with John Tesh, hosted NBC Sports Specials,ABC’s “New York Street Stories,” numerous shows for CNBC, including “Real Personal,” and the nationally syndicated “The Kennedy Assassinations,” along with Robert Conrad. Her shows, the“Flavors of Italy” and the “Wines of Italy,” remain in international syndication and were some of the longest running and most successful shows on the Travel Channel.
In addition, she hosted WWOR-TV’s “News Nine In-Depth,” guest-hosted “Nine Broadcast Plaza” with Matt Lauer, made appearances on“Everyday with Joan Lunden” and “The Dr. Ruth Show” and was a celebrity panelist on the remake of “To Tell the Truth.”
From 1981 to 1984, Jennifer was an anchor and investigative reporter for NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach, where she won the United Press International’s Award for “Best Investigative Work,” for the series “A Shot In The Dark,” in which she helped free a man facing the electric chair. Her work led to new training and procedural changes in the Palm Beach County Sheriff Department’s SWAT Team.
Jennifer began her career as a weathercaster and science editor forWEYI, the CBS affiliate in Flint, Michigan, in 1981 and was immediately named “Best Weathercaster”.
In addition to an honorary Ph.D., Jennifer studied in a Doctoral Program for Media Ecology at New York University and was to attend Law School at Wayne State University when she got into television. Jennifer graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Oakland University in Michigan.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Harlequin More Than Words National Finalist (2012)
People’s Voice Award, Diane Von-Furstenberg “Finalist” (2012)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, “Honored” (2011)
U.S. House of Representative’s “Honored” (2010)
American Cancer Society Circle of 12 (2010)
Hebrew Home Plaza Health Network (2010)
U.S. House of Representative’s “Honored” (2009)
National Best Books Award-Winning Finalist New Age Fiction, USA Book News (2008)
Books-And-Authors.net Award, Outstanding Fiction (2008)
Charity Register, Neiman Marcus, Social Affairs Magazine (2008)
Heart of the Community Award, Florida Marlins (2008)
Woman of Impact, Women’s History Coalition (2008)
Valor Award, American Diabetes Association (2007)
Silent Storm Award, Women’s Power Caucus (2007)
Starfish Award, Social Affairs Magazine – Jackson Memorial Foundation (2007)
Miracle Maker, Big Brothers Big Sisters (2007)
Women of Style & Substance, The Miami Project (2007)
Gov. Jeb Bush’s Points of Light Award (2006)
Heavy Hitter in Non-Profit, South Florida Business Journal (2005)
U.S. House of Representative’s “Honored” (2005)
Giraffe Award, Women’s Advocacy Group (2005)
Honorary Doctoral Degree, St. Thomas University (2004)
Honoree, Miami Commission on the Status of Women (2004)
Mentoring Service Award, Coconut Grove Playhouse and Mercy Hospital. (2004)
Woman of Valor, National Council of Jewish Women (2003)
Women Who Make a Difference, Junior League (2003)
South Florida Business Women Awards, City of Hope (2002)
U.S. House of Representative’s “Honored” (2002)
U.S. House of Representative’s “Honored” (2001)
American Red Cross’s “2001 Spectrum Award” (2001)
Jewish Federation’s “Women of Community Service” (2001)
City of Miami Beach’s “Distinguished Citizen Award” (2000)
106th U.S. Congress, “Honored” (1999)
March of Dimes “Leading Ladies” (1999)
City of Miami Beach’s Jennifer Valoppi Day “A Woman Worth Knowing” (1999)
Macy’s Miami Herald-El Nuevo Herald’s “Follow a Leader Award” (1998)
Italian American Foundation’s “Woman of the Year” (1998)
New Time’s “Best TV News Anchor” (1995 and 1996)
South Florida Magazine’s “Best of South Florida” (1995)
American Cancer Society’s “10 Best Dressed” (1995)
NY Emmy, “Producer Best Entertainment Program; Money, Power & Influence” (1991)
American Committee on Italian Migration “Woman of the Year” (1990)
Auburn, New York “Key to the City” (1990)
Hudson County Columbus Association’s “Christopher Columbus Award” (1990)
New Jersey General Assembly, “Honored” (1987)
United Press International’s “Best Investigative Work; A Shot in the Dark” (1984)
GCEDC’s “Best Weathercaster” (1981)
Contact Jennifer: 305-987-0099