Innovation Spotlight: Christy Jones of Extend Fertility
November 14, 2014
Hosted by Ms. Anu Bhardwaj and Michelle Jaffee
In this episode, we featured Christy Jones, founder of Extend Fertility. Christy demonstrated a passion for innovation from a young age, catching the “entrepreneur bug” at the age of 19 when she started her own tech company. Later in life, she realized that many women around her in their 30s and 40s were unmarried and without children because they were either too busy in their careers or were yet to find “Mr. Right”. The knowledge that infertility increases every year that a woman postpones having children made it apparent that there was an urgency to create a new technology to ease the stress women have to conceive a child early in life. To provide a solution to this problem, Christy came up with Extend Fertility, which gives women the option to stop their biological clock by freezing their eggs until the they are ready to conceive a child. She shares her excitement with the progress and success rates of this new technology and compares the freedom felt with the option to freeze one’s eggs to that of the introduction of birth control. Christy also shares with us the challenges she faces with her company that tackles the controversial topic of egg-freezing, as well as how the combination of the societal movement towards technological innovation and women’s rights and her passion for her work helps to overcome it all.
Women INVESTING in Women and GIRLS
Friday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Kids Channel
Women INVESTING in Women and Girls is produced and broadcasted by young women and teenage girls between the ages of 16-19. Our show is focused on Global Women Issues from perspectives of young women. We will be interviewing leading women in politics, business, academia, non-profits, media, and culture; working closely and synergistically with the Women INVESTING in Women Institute, founded by Ms. Anu Bhardwaj.
Women INVESTING in Women and Girls was created to engage the voices of women who are redefining gender equality by shaping the minds of the young women and men, engaged in our global dialogue. Although our conversation will be focused on women, men are strongly encouraged to participate. Follow our Global Economic Revolution which has reached over 150,000 followers in over 100 countries! Listen every Friday at 12 Noon Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel.
Ms. Anu Bhardwaj and Michelle Jaffee
Ms. Anu Bhardwaj is the Founder of the Women INVESTING in Women Institute which comprises of a social media platform with over 150,000 followers in over 100 countries, the Global WIIW and Girls Voice America Kids Radio Show reaching over 5.6 Million Listeners a month, globally, and the 2014 WIIW Global Summit Series which will be taking place in New York City, Stockholm, Johannesburg, Dubai, Muscat, San Diego, Scottsdale, Singapore, Melbourne, and Santiago. Ms. Bhardwaj is extremely passionate about the economic empowerment of young women and girls in transforming our global economy.
Her specialties include international business development for private equity professionals, women in private equity, women in philanthropy, high-growth women entrepreneurs and Angel Networks/Angel Capital focusing on women.
Michelle Jaffee is one of four children, which includes her older sister, older brother, and twin brother. She is a junior at Pinnacle High School, where she is also the Fundraising Director of DECA and an active member of National Honors Society, Key Club, Society of Women Scholars, Care, and the Spanish Honors Society. During her high school career, Michelle has won 10 medals as part of her involvement for DECA, an international co-curricular organization focusing on teaching student skills in leadership and business. Besides being heavily invested in on-campus clubs and organizations, Michelle prides herself on being strong in her academics, taking all higher-level Honors and AP classes.
Michelle was selected to be Host of the Women INVESTING in Women and Girls Global Radio Show given her discipline in working with a rapidly scaling Global organization, enthusiasm for Global Women’s Issues, and strong interest in entrepreneurship and community service. Michelle will be interviewing speakers from our various Global WIIW Summits in 2014-2015 and ultimately hopes to attend University on the East Coast, leading to a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.