Vanessa R. Wood, M.A., United States


Vanessa Wood, Co-Founder of The International Gifted Consortium, is an altruistic visionary passionate about education, human development and self-actualization. She believes each individual has a unique developmental path that should be honored among the collaborative community.

As a parent, advocating for her children, she has spent over 10 years studying the spectrum of gifted individuals. Through personal insight, research, reflection and collaboration with professionals in the field, she has validated her innate understanding of the uniquely complicated characteristics, intensities and motivations of the outliers: The highly and profoundly gifted.

Vanessa grew up in California, Texas and Michigan and studied Entrepreneurial Leadership, Marketing and Communications at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.  In addition to being recognized for various leadership contributions, she was honored as the recipient of the 1995 SBIA award at the annual Babson Distinguished Entrepreneurs Ceremony.

Vanessa was the National Marketing Director for a Boston based company and subsequently New Business Development for PepsiCo. When the need became apparent, she obtained her masters in Gifted Education while simultaneously facilitating her children’s learning and development.

Vanessa has nurtured her children’s unique development while collaborating in various community roles along the way including Parent-Teacher Liaison, HSGS Board Member, Program Developer and Administrator. She created and facilitated programs to fit the needs of HG/PG learners including: Advanced Astronaut Training at the Challenger Learning Center and Botany Field Research at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Vanessa was the 2013 Program Coordinator for PG Retreat.

Most recently, Vanessa was the Local Area Marketing and Alliance lead for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) convention in Phoenix and Arizona Association for Gifted and Talented (AAGT) committee member.

Her current research study: How the Educational Environment meets the needs of the highly/profoundly gifted student.