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Who We Are

Leading Women founders Janet Walkow and Christine Jacobs met while working at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer pharmaceuticals in Pennsylvania in the 1990′s. Between them they have six children including four daughters.

They spent six years as Girl Scout leaders, starting with a troop of 3rd graders, including their daughters.  They introduced their scouts to leadership and organizational practices as they worked on badges and projects, camped and participated in other traditional scouting activities.  As their careers progressed, they talked about the lack of successful women role models and the resulting impact on young women. This led them to explore ways to help other women be successful, not only in their careers, but in all aspects and phases of their lives.

Janet and Chris have spent many hours discussing the roles women play in the world at large and how to help girls and young women ready themselves for challenges and opportunities. This website and other planned efforts are the results of these conversations.

Christine Jacobs

Christine Jacobs is an experienced executive with over 30 years of broad functional and management experience within a variety of industries. Her technical operations and supply chain experience as well as managerial and coaching skills have been drawn upon in tough situations. She has led global teams, understanding and enjoying cross cultural skills and experiences.

Her primary focus has been on aligning people and processes; she understands success for the organizations, the teams and the individuals.

In September 2007, Chris elected to devote her time and energy in new ways, outside of the corporate executive roles she has held. Recent consulting projects include Supply Chain risk assessments, merger related change management and leadership coaching.  She has been involved in several mentorship programs to women of a range of ages.

Chris has become increasingly involved in a number of women’s leadership initiatives.  She is now the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Campaign Fund, a national nonpartisan organization dedicated to bring more women into government leadership by getting them elected to office

She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.  She has traveled extensively to all fifty states and over sixty countries. Christine has three grown children who she raised as a single mother in Devon, Pennsylvania.

Janet Walkow

Janet WalkowJanet C. Walkow is the founder of MxV, llc, a leading consultancy working with a variety of start-ups and global businesses, and the Director of the Drug Dynamics Institute at The University of Texas in Austin. Specializing in change management, leadership coaching, communication, business and strategic planning, Janet is a strategic partner helping individuals and organizations manage through change initiatives, including mergers, acquisitions, integration, start ups and building communication infrastructures.

A leader in efforts to empower women – locally and around the world, Janet combines her passion for women and high impact communications, helping to identify ways to effectively engage women using technology in global markets. She has developed programs for Women in Science and is involved as both a coach and mentor to women in a variety of professions and communities.

Janet serves on the board of the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board, the Health Promotion Council, is a member of The University of Texas Pharmaceutical Foundation Advisory Council and has served on the Board of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists.  She is an Ambassador for Same Sky and a mentor for the Cherie Blaire Foundation for Women.

Janet holds a Bachelors degree and a Ph. D. in Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics from The University of Texas at Austin. Janet and her husband, Irl, have three daughters and spend time in Wayne, Pennsylvania and Austin, Texas.