FOUNDER BIOS

 

Journey’s founders combine a passion for travel and social change with deep expertise in fundraising tech, nonprofit management, and brand partnerships. Together, they share a vision: of travel experiences that scale empathy and inspire next generation of globetrotters to address the needs of our world, and having the most fun possible while doing it.



 
 

AMY MERRILL

Amy is cofounder of Journey and wears the hat of Chief Everything Officer.

Amy comes from 10 years in nonprofit management, leading digital marketing, event production, and strategic partnerships for women’s rights and social justice organizations. She fought for artist’s rights in NYC and helped build a movement around a controversial anti-trafficking activist before directing her focus to mobilizing a generation of socially-conscious individuals and giving them an entry point: perspective shifts, experiential learning, and tools for social change. 

Amy is also a musician and founder of the 7 Train Sessions (7trainsessions.com), a guerrilla house concert series by and for the music community, featuring 100+ artists over 4 years in secret shows on rooftops, subway trains and living rooms of NYC. 


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LAUREN BIEGLER

Lauren is cofounder of Journey and Chief Strategy Officer.

Lauren combines deep experience in digital media and brand engagement with her own adventure-seeking wanderlust.

The 35th hire at Mashable, a global media company of 200+ employees, Lauren spent 5 years developing branded content strategy and consultative advertising sales solutions for clients across multiple verticals. She managed multiple million-dollar annual spending accounts including some of the world’s largest brands: PepsiCo, Modeleze, P&G, Unilever (equating to $10M in sales revenue). She was integral in building the sales team for Mashable from the ground up, including creating and implementing systems solutions, best-practices, team structure, reporting structure and overseeing a team of 10+ of her own sales support.

Lauren leads Journey’s Brand Partnership strategy, utilizing her experience with brands, startups and efficient growth projections. She holds a degree from Boston University in International Relations and Entertainment Marketing.


TAYLOR CONROY

Taylor is co-founder and Chief Adventurer of Journey, combining deep expertise in fundraising technology and mobilizing communities with a love of experiences and adventure. 

Taylor is former founder and CEO of Change Heroes Fundraising, where he built technology and methodology to mobilize 15,000 people from 80 countries, raising $4M to impact 200,000 individuals in underserved regions around the globe.  He has been invited to lecture at Princeton, Harvard, the United Nations, and more, to audiences of over 100,000 in the past 3 years.

Previously, Taylor was one of BC’s top real estate agents, and built a million-dollar business by age 25. He began his career as one of BC’s youngest firefighters, and an award-winning bodybuilder.


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