First changemaking experience: In 5th grade I led a group of kids to help our senior community with daily chores like shopping and cleaning.
Jana’s superpower: Sensitivity to what other people are thinking and feeling.
Favorite place in the world: Jahodov, a small village in the Czech Republic
Favorite quote: Do all things with love. – Og Mandino
Born in the Czech Republic, Jana received her master’s degree in Finance Accounting for international trading companies at the University of Economics in Prague. Jana started her carrier in a private IT company in Prague to manage Finance and Accounting duties. Later she joined a local subsidiary of Unisys U.S. Corporation in Prague as an Accounting Manager and later as a Finance Deputy Director for Czech and Slovak Republics receiving “Unisys Excellence Achievement Award” as recognition of quality of work and achievements.. Prior to fully joining the Youth Venture Inc. team in 2008, Jana worked as a Senior Staff Accountant at Ashoka’s Global Finance team since 2002 with focus on Europe, MENA, and North America finances and later co-managing Shared Services team. Jana is currently working closely with Ashoka’s Global Finance on intracompany consolidations and she is also managing finances of Get America Working! Inc.. At Youth Venture Inc., Jana is responsible for all Finance, Accounting, HR and Admin duties.