Jenny Williamson is business leader, social entrepreneur, life coach, published author, abolitionist, community volunteer and a passionate, inspirational motivation speaker. She is also the Founder and CEO of Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that builds homes for children rescued out of sex trafficking around the world. Jenny led this organization from an all-volunteer one with no income, to a multi-million dollar non-profit organization with thirty paid employees, over fifteen hundred active volunteers and two long term residential care facilities – one in Northern California and one in Tanzania, Africa.
Through personal passion and professional leadership, Jenny has had the opportunity to influence national policy with regard to the issue of child sex trafficking due to her ground breaking work with these vulnerable victims. Jenny led her team in creating a blueprint for success with this victim population by developing – from scratch – a proven model of restoration in a long term residential setting. Jenny has spearheaded community campaigns to involve individuals, faith based organizations, as well as business and government leaders in a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the victims this crime impacts. Jenny is now ready to lead her organization in a national expansion plan – beginning in Mississippi and Texas.
Jenny is a much sought after expert on the issue of child sex trafficking and has testified at a Congressional Hearing about her work in victim restoration. She has worked with members of the U.S. House and Senate, along with state and local governments influencing policy with regard to at risk youth in this country. Jenny has appeared on the Gretchen Carlson FOX 40 News Show as well as numerous other local and national news and radio shows along with various print media features. She and her organization were also featured in documentary on child sex trafficking here in the U.S. titled “In Plain Sight”. Mira Sorvino, Academy Award Winning Actress and United Nations Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, calls Jenny Williamson “a courageous advocate for the vulnerable and the voiceless”.
For her leadership, impact and efforts in the community, Jenny has been recognized nationally, receiving awards which include, the prestigious FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, the Sacramento, California’s District Attorney Community Spirit Award and William Jessup University awarded Jenny their Community Impact Award. Because of her leadership and expertise in the field of human trafficking, Jenny was invited to be part of the California Attorney General’s Working Group as well as Shared Hope International’s Practitioners Working Group for their National Colloquium meeting in Washington, D.C. Recently she has been awarded the prestigious L’Oréal of Paris, Women of Worth Award as well as being named as one of the George H.W. Bush Presidential Points of Light Honoree.
As a professionally-trained life coach and results-driven business leader, Jenny is a much sought after key note speaker and is known for her energetic and encouraging messages to audiences of all kinds and all sizes. Whether 500 or 5000, male or female, young or old, attendees are engaged but also challenged to respond to her powerful call to action. Motivated by the desire to see all people equipped, encouraged and empowered to discover and fulfill their own water walking, giant slaying, history making destiny, Jenny’s passion is uniquely communicated through both her writing but most powerfully through her speaking. Her candid, humor-filled approach is relevant and life-impacting, and her message of unique purpose inspiring. Courage Worldwide also produces Courage Conferences and Courage Concerts where Jenny’s message of purpose is communicated through music, drama, dance and a powerful, motivating message.
Jenny has written two books, Transitions which was published by Courage Publishing in 2013 and Do You Have the Courage to Be You? published by Next Century Publishing 2015 along with a workbook titled The Uniqueness Assessment. Jenny and her team at Courage Worldwide have also written extensive training curriculum for those working with or desiring to work with minor victims of sex trafficking.
Jenny is also attending William Jessup University obtaining a master’s degree in organizational leadership.
In addition to her work with Courage Worldwide, Inc., Jenny and her husband co-own an energy consulting business called Williamson Energy, Inc., where Jenny has served as the Chief Financial Officer since 2000.
Jenny was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, where her family still resides, but relocated with her husband Michael, a Texas native to Northern California for business in 1992. She is a mother to three adult biological sons, two adopted adult daughters and many other young girls who now call Courage House home.
William Jessup University Community Leadership Award
Sacramento District Attorney Spirit Award
Jenny and SF Giants World Series Pitcher, Jeremy Affeldt
Jenny Williamson’s Book “Do You Have the Courage To Be You?”
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Jenny receiving the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award