Dafna Michaelson is the co-founder, president and JourneyWoman for the 50 in 52 Journey, a project for which she traveled across America to all 50 states and Washington DC, spanning the 52 weeks of 2009 to find America’s problem solvers and idea generators. Through this Journey Michaelson has been sharing the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for their communities throughout the country, with the goal of changing the mirror we use that reflects who we are as a society and thus inspiring others to action.
The project received national attention from CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, CNN as well as KUSA-TV, Denver’s NBC affiliate, the Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, multiple radio stations, local news outlets and countless blog recognition, and social media for social good awards as the country became motivated by the Journey.
In 2010 Michaelson launched the Journey Institute and Journey Productions to help others mobilize their communities to action. Most recently, Michaelson joined the TED family first as a presenter for TedxDenverEd and now as curator of TedxCrestmoorPark: Breaking Boundaries, Building Community and TedxCrestmoorParkWomen 2011, 2012 and 2013. She also curated TEDxCrestmoorParkED with Colorado Public Television in 2013.
Michaelson has been recognized nationally as well as locally for her achievements. She was awarded the 2010 Person of the Year award by Conversations magazine. More recently she was recognized by ColoradoBiz Magazine as a “Trendsetter” for being a social entrepreneur and “making a difference in business and beyond.” As well as by David Siteman Garland of the entrepreneurial business series The Rise to the Top amongst “35 Female Visionaries You Need to Know.”
In 2011 Michaelson was presented the Go-Giver award personally by Bob Burg, author of the international best selling series Go-Giver books, in recognition of her national and global achievements in community building.
Michaelson shares a beautiful Colorado lifestyle with her husband Michael Jenet, and their combined children Ryan, Gavriella, and Eytan.