I met this amazing lady over Zoom for the Cherrie Blair Foundation Mentorship Program.
The Cherrie Blair Foundation helps release the potential of women entrepreneurs, so they can redefine the future. With its support, women start and grow successful businesses.
It helps women break through barriers. With its partners around the world, they offer training, mentoring and knowledge. It opens doors to finance, markets, contacts and networks. They use technology to help women connect, learn and push boundaries.
Successful Corporate Career.
Jennifer Viloria had a successful corporate career and is a wealth of experience. She also makes it a point to give back to the community.
- Co-founder, and former Chair & CEO, Inspired Ventures United Kingdom which provides an online platform for change makers to manage their projects and ventures.
- Managing Consultant, The Social Investment Consultancy which bridges multinationals with non-profit organizations.
- Head of Research, Hotel Management Consultancy that do market & feasibility studies and valuations of hotel portfolios globally.
- Valuation Analyst, CBRE Hotels which do hotel valuations.
- Portfolio Manager, AMP Asset Management that looks after multi million investments for pension funds.
- Equity Analyst, ING Barings for telco sector, and later for Asian equities.
- Manager, British Telecoms in marketing positions for international network, cable TV, videoconferencing, broadcast services and more.
The Dynamic Lady.
Jennifer was raised on a remote farm community in Philippines. Poverty forced her mother to leave Philippines to work in United Kingdom when she was 8 years old. Her personal mission is to help stem migration from rural communities to crowded cities or abroad by helping create livelihoods and give people, like her mother, the option to stay home.
In 2014, after a very successful corporate career, Jennifer joined the London-based impact angel investor network ClearlySo and personally invested in a number of social enterprises. She co-founded a number of startups in the UK, Europe and the Philippines and launched a number of initiatives focused on rural development.
This hard working lady was the co-creator of the first Philippine Sustainable Gastronomy. The first retreat convention “International Convention on Higer Consciousness” was uniquely held in a remote rural setting in the Philippines.
This hard working lady has a hectic life, and currently split between London and Manila. She also has a passion for good food and immersive travel in remote destinations.
Her Passion. Her Business.
Today, Jennifer is the Founder & CEO IISLA Ventures. It stands for Inclusive Investments in Sustainable Livelihood and Aspirations. The mission is transform lives of people in rural communities while preserving the environment and local culture. It is a social impact advisory firm with a vision of sustainable prosperity for people in rural communities for a more equitable society.
Her team works with entrepreneurs to prepare their business plans. With her strong global network, the company sources for appropriate funding and capital.
“If people in remote places live their dreams and aspirations without leaving their homes and families, many of the social and environmental challenges we face today could be avoided, if not eradicated.” Jennifer Viloria
It is my privilege to go on this very exciting journey with Jennifer, as she builds her business and makes a difference to the community.
Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success, said that success is not just about innate ability. It’s combined with a number of key factors such as opportunity, meaningful hard work (10,000 hours to gain mastery), and your cultural legacy. Random factors of chance, such as when and where you were born can influence the opportunities you have.
Jennifer started young, and earned her 10,000 hours of mastery from an early age. She is definitely an outlier in this business and mission. There is already early successes as she onboarded her few first clients with more forthcoming post the coronacrisis.
Good luck, Jennifer. Keep up the awesome job. And a big thank you to the Cherrie Blair Foundation for the incredible support.