Dafna Michaelson Jenet’s career spanned over 20 years in leadership roles across the non-profit sector. In 2009, inspired to take her community problem solving skills to the next level, she embarked on a journey traveling to all 50 states during one calendar year to find and share stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to solve problems in their communities.
Dafna and her husband, Michael Jenet, co-founded and operate the Journey Institute. They work with schools, businesses, organizations, and individuals to train in community problem solving and next level team building. Their work is focused on strengthening the community unit with the belief that only through community can you develop culturally relevant and sustainable solutions.
Dafna Michaelson Jenet holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. In 2015 her book “It takes a little crazy to make a difference,” based on her 50 state journey, was published by Motivational Press. The book was named the winner in the social change category of the International Book Awards.
An avid volunteer, Dafna currently serves on the Adams County Youth Initiative board, The Commerce City Quality Community Foundation, The Carson J Spencer suicide prevention foundation and Playworks Colorado. Dafna also serves as a mentor for City Year, Goodwill, and Junior Achievement where she teaches in a girls and a boys juvenile detention facility. Dafna is currently participating in Leadership Commerce City – a program of the Adams 14 Foundation, she is an alumni of Leadership Denver, and Dafna also completed a Civil Rights Leadership Fellowship with the Anti Defamation League.
The work Dafna has done has earned awards such as listings in Conversation Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2014 and 2016, as well as 2010 Person of the Year. She was also a finalist for 9 News Leader of the Year and Rocky Mountain PBS Be More Award and received recognition from CNN.com in their Intriguing Person column.
Dafna is married to her husband Michael and they have three children, a middle school young man, a high school young woman, and an active duty US Marine.
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