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Jennifer 8. Lee        

CEO of Plympton & Author of "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles"; Entrepreneur, Documentary Producer, Seed Investor

Jennifer 8. Lee is an entrepreneur, documentary producer, seed investor and emoji activist. She is co-founder and CEO of Plympton, a San Francisco-based literary studio that innovates in digital publishing. Among their projects is Recovering the Classics, and a VR film based on George Saunders' Man Booker Prize-winning novel, "Lincoln in the Bardo."

A former New York Times reporter, Lee is a producer of The Search for General Tso and Picture Character, both which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festivals. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book, "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles," which established fortune cookies are originally Japanese.

Her recent work focuses a lot on misinformation, having co-founded the Credibility Coalition and MisinfoCon. She is a co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Futures Council for Media, Entertainment and Culture.

She is the founder of Emojination, a grassroots group whose motto is "Emoji by the people, for the people." As part of that organization, she successfully lobbied for a dumpling, hijab and interracial couple emojis among others. She cofounded Emojicon and is a vice-chair of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. She has served as the lead judge for the $25 million Knight News Challenge, and on the launch team for Upworthy. She coined the term "man date."

Lee also serves on the Center for Public Integrity, MuckRock Foundation, the Digital Public Library of America, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Hacks/Hackers and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Inside Climate News. She also serves on the committees for the New York Public Library Young Lions, the Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards, and SXSW programming.

Her graduated with a degree in Applied Math and Economics from Harvard, where she was vice president of The Harvard Crimson.

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