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20 under 40: Jessica Kizorek

JESSICA KIZOREK: ‘All of my clients are nonprofit organizations and foundations. They commission my company to travel around the world and tell these stories about amazing people with huge hearts.’
JESSICA KIZOREK: ‘All of my clients are nonprofit organizations and foundations. They commission my company to travel around the world and tell these stories about amazing people with huge hearts.’ MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Video producer and entrepreneur uses her skills to motivate others.

Age: 33

Occupation: President, Two Parrot Productions; president, Badass Business Women

Family status: Single

Lives in: Miami

Jessica Kizorek named her video production company Two Parrot Production after her pet birds, Kobe and Cielo.

The name proved prescient. In many ways, it symbolizes the work she does to help her nonprofit clients — such as Lions Club International, Special Olympics, and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation — tell the world about the work they do to improve society: “We talk about being able to give a bird’s eye view of very messy situations, and that story is very easy to digest as seen from above. Parrots are very social. They represent ongoing dialog and partnership and communication.”

She has made videos on efforts to eliminate sex-trafficking, the need for fair-trade farming, and ways to improve the U.S. education system and refugee camps around the world.

Kizorek launched the company with her father, Bill, when she was 18 after an around-the-world trip he financed. They visited 24 countries on all seven continents in a nine-week span. They videotaped the life-altering trip and turned it into a 40-minute documentary. From there, Kizorek has gone on to make dozens of other documentaries, write eight books about video on the internet, and teach entrepreneurship to Miami’s inner-city students. She also created Badass Business Women to promote women’s entrepreneurship.

The U.S. Department of State has given Kizorek’s efforts its stamp of approval. In September, it sent her to Japan for a five-city speaking tour in support of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Womenomics” empowerment plan.

From Kizorek: “All of my clients are nonprofit organizations and foundations. They commission my company to travel around the world and tell these stories about amazing people with huge hearts.”

About Kizorek: “She’s an entrepreneur through and through. For the second year, she has been involved with virtual entrepreneurship in the classroom. She has been absolutely engaging with the students, giving them phenomenal feedback.” — Alice Horn, executive director of South Florida’s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

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