What is Gina’s Ink?
Gina’s Ink, Incorporated is an innovative social business creating mission-driven media and entertainment to empower children domestically and around the world. Founder & CEO Gina Otto is an award-winning author, international speaker, producer, social entrepreneur, and children’s advocate.
The Company’s Message
The company’s message bridges culture, gender, age, and religion and is now garnering attention from members of the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, several corporations, Girl Scouts of the USA, and other non-profits committed to making a significant social impact. Partnering with visionaries and luminaries across the not-for-profit, business and entertainment worlds, Gina’s Ink, Incorporated has created a platform called the Change My World Now Initiative, which engages, educates and empowers American children, facilitating their ability to reach out and in turn, empower children in countries around the world to move beyond their present circumstances and to find the independence and dignity that education can provide.
The Change My World Now Initiative transforms the conversation that children are having with themselves, their peers, their parents and their community. Instilling the ideas of self-reliance, self-worth, tolerance, and self-acceptance early in life will have a radical effect on children, their future, and their circles of influence, creating a cadre of young leaders, truly…Changing the World One Bright Light at a Time.
Founder & CEO
Gina Otto has over 15 years experience in management, budget control and successfully creating internationally acclaimed content, including authoring the best-selling book Cassandra’s Angel, Change My World Now, and films. For more than fifteen years, Gina has toured the country and the world speaking to children and their caregivers, built
GII Holding’s subsidiaries and lead the movement to empower children safely.
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Director of Operations
Joni manages the day-to-day operations of the company, and oversees the administrative execution of all the business lines, in concert with the executive team and the board. In addition, she is responsible for tracking P&L metrics, expense management, budgeting, staffing and the deployment of resources.
Joni’s experience over the last decade includes successfully starting and selling a concierge/service management business, construction project management for show-case homes for high net-worth families in the Colorado resort area (with recognition in numerous premiere magazines), and handling all the corporate start-up support for GII.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Samara is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Gina’s Ink, Inc. where she actively looks to engage cutting edge organizations in the Change My World Now Initiative. Prior to joining Gina’s Ink, Samara worked with American Jewish World Service, directing programs that sent volunteers to Africa, South Asia and the Americas to work on sustainable economic and capacity-building projects alongside international non-governmental organizations. Samara has over fifteen years of experience with regional, national and international non-profit organizations, working in project management, program design, fund development, volunteer management, curriculum development and monitoring and evaluation. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Health Advocacy and two Professional Certificates in Security Management for Humanitarian Aid Organizations and Organization Development and Leadership.
Marjorie is the Project Manager at Gina’s Ink, Inc. where she is responsible for managing multiple interdisciplinary projects and websites. Most recently, she played an integral role in the conceptualization, design and implementation of the Noodle.org website, an educational search engine. Prior to Noodle.org, Marjorie served in multiple capacities at The Princeton Review’s K-12 division. While there, she served in various Project Manager capacities, including creating the Project Management Office. In addition to functioning as the Quality Assurance PM, she worked with an offshore team that was responsible for the successful deployment of the Assessment Center Testing platform.
Marjorie earned a BBA in International Marketing and Advertising from Pace University, an MBA from Manhattan College, and is currently pursuing a Project Management Profession (PMP) certification.
Christina works for Gina’s Ink in an administrative support capacity in direct association with the Director of Operations. She brings her photography studio management experience with her, giving her a broad range of skills that include organization of multiple projects and anticipation of what comes next.
Christina comes from a varied background in multimedia and hospitality management. She began her career at a young age in radio, having started voicing radio commercials at the age of eight. By the end of high school, Christina had been a commentator for the Cape Ann North High School Ice Hockey League on WNBP in Newburyport, MA for four years, wrote for the local newspaper for two years, put on a public performance of a one act play she authored, was a DJ for the largest rock ‘n’ roll radio station in Maine and played over a half dozen instruments. She was the youngest General Manager in Framingham State College’s history for WDJM Radio.
Christina became a photographer and was published in several magazines and newspapers across the country including Parade Magazine, Portsmouth Magazine, Las Vegas Review Journal, Northeast Performer Magazine and American Memorabilia Magazine.
Growing up with a brother adopted from Columbia and a sister from Cambodia, Christina wanted to lend her experience to helping empower children to believe they can accomplish anything.
Website Marketing & Operations Coordinator
Victoria is the Website Marketing & Operations Coordinator at Gina’s Ink, Inc., where she brings creative marketing solutions to the company’s multimedia platforms. Victoria also works closely with ChangeMyWorldNow.com and its security systems, including managing the site’s live moderation.
Before joining Gina’s Ink and coming to the United States, Victoria worked in communications, customer and staff relations, merchandising and product promotion with companies in Sweden. She has a BA in Management and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Stockholm. Victoria also speaks six languages: Swedish, English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish and German.
Chris works in administrative support specializing in creative services at Gina’s Ink, Inc. where he actively implements the company’s social media strategy, increases brand awareness to encourage the adoption of new ideas and writes. Born in Europe, he was influenced early by the art, architecture and culture that existed there. Having some kind of camera in his hand as long as he can remember, he grew up seeing the world through a lens.
As a photographer, Chris has worked in both the New York and Miami markets and has been published nationally and internationally by magazines such as Esquire, FHM, Ocean Drive, Surface and Inked.
This also allowed Chris to work heavily in many areas of production and creative direction including video production and multimedia, lighting design, set design, prop styling, wardrobe styling and hair and makeup.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism as well as a degree in Mass Communications.
Social Media Associate
James works for Gina’s Ink, Inc. implementing the functionality of the company’s social media marketing and website administration. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, James was always taught to be himself – a creative mind and natural problem solver. After high school, he enrolled as a New Media major and Arts Management minor at SUNY Purchase. While attending Purchase, James quickly became friends with a wide array of talented artists, many of which helped to shape his creative intellect and artistic interests. James also studied abroad in Florence, Italy. In addition to getting a first-hand appreciation of the Italian Renaissance, James was able to travel to six other countries and grasp the important, international view of America, which benefits his outlook on many issues.
After graduation, James pursued a creative and meaningful profession, one where he could use his creative mind and utilize his natural problem solving mindset. He quickly found that Gina’s Ink was exactly that place – taking on issues and important roles in our world. James began as an intern and quickly proved to be a positive team member, cementing his place on the Gina’s Ink team.