Facelist Awards 5 years of celebrating Pan-African excellence

2014 Young African Committed to Excellence

Jessica Matthews

"I started Uncharted Play to create a platform for rethinking play as a tool for impact and progress. I think highlighting purposeful play as the key element of our “secret sauce” has been a major part of our success: people want to and like to play, so it is easy to pull them in to our mission and help them change behaviors for the greater good — sometimes without it even feeling like they are changing at all." - Jessica Matthews

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As the Co-­Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uncharted Play Inc., Jessica drives the creative vision of an award‐winning social enterprise with a mission to foster well-being by inspiring people to lead playful lives. Jessica is a recipient of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Next Generation Award (2013), Black Enterprise’s “40 Under 40 Next Generation of Women in Power” (2012), the Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation (2012), the “10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” by Fortune (2011), and the Next Generation Breakthrough Innovator by Popular Mechanics (2010). Working with governments in the United States and internationally, Jessica was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012 and currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria.