Janet Mock is the New York Times best-selling author of the book, Redefining Realness, and host of the culture series, So POPular!. She is a sought-after speaker and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women. Prior to opening up about her own journey as a young trans woman, Janet knew she wanted to create a space for people to show up authentically as their whole selves. Her book became one of those spaces, where she could model vulnerability with her own story and center herself as her own heroine. Since then she has become one of the most influential trans women and millennial feminists in media.
TIME called Janet one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the Internet,” while Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.” A native of Honolulu, Janet attended the University of Hawaii, earned her MA in journalism from New York University and worked as a Staff Editor for People magazine’s website for five years. Janet serves on the board of the Arcus Foundation, and lives in New York City with her husband and their beloved cockapoo.