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Jo's Journey 

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Jo Madnani is an author, a seasoned marketing and branding expert but most importantly a mom. She approaches life with an ever curious mindset and combats personal and professional challenges with an innovative lens. 


Her international career spans two decades and she has worked with top global agencies and brands including Ogilvy, McCann, Sharp, AT&T, DHL and on global healthcare, wellness and pharma brands like Pfizer, Novartis, Takeda, Teva, Eisai and more.

Most recently, as the Executive VP of Global Marketing and Communications at Ketchum, Jo led the consultancy's omnichannel global branding, marketing and communications suite.

Key achievements include: launching a brand refresh at the precipice of Ketchum’s 100th anniversary, leading the agency's menagerie of awards, notably winning PR Week Best Places to Work and a SABRE for Large Agency of The Year. She secured multiple earned spotlights for Ketchum at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.


Enterprise work aside, Jo founded The Idea Is In, a boutique advertising consultancy that worked with healthcare, travel, and lifestyle brands. The Idea Is In has been recognized with 10 ADDY awards—three gold and seven silver from the American Advertising Federation for creative excellence. Jo knows how to translate the most complex business challenges into clear, effective multichannel campaigns that delight and retain audiences. 

A thought leader with a keen interest in mentorship, Jo was a faculty member at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she taught advanced courses on advertising, marketing, copywriting, and fashion.


Her passion projects include delivering results in style. Literally. Jo has contributed to fashion publications including The Miami Herald's style section and served as an editor for local lifestyle magazines in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. She is the author of What I Want My Child To Know, a children’s book ideal for a pivotal point in one’s life. She’s also finalizing a collection of poems called The Immigrant that reflects her take on inclusivity and fusing

two cultures.

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