Josephina Lea Mascioli Mansell (Jo Lee) – WOMAN of ACTION™


A Celebration of Women™ 

is elated to Celebrate the Life of this awakened powerhouse, a woman that has moved mountains, and in our opinion, has ‘morhped’ (as she refers) into the butterfly of all times.  Devoting her life to the betterment of others, carrying with her many wonderful successful creations, including the 1st online charity in the world, developing global round-tables, chaired by youth.

… this is a day of Celebration, being honored by the Women of our World.






 Josephina Lea Mascioli Mansell.

{Jo Lee, as she affectionately is addressed} 


Jo Lee herself is a writer, lecturer, Emmy-Award winning director. And to add to this, her resourceful talent for nursery-rhyme narration and voice-overs for children’s stories in the Disney type world of feature films and animated promotional advertising has been realized worldwide.

It’s true that Jo Lee, Canadian born daughter of an American mother and Italian Diplomat father has not only lived over a good part of the world but has made her stay in some of these places diversely productive.

In addition to being an Ambassador for humankind, Jo Lee’s won several awards for her Global achievements. She surrounds herself with Blue Chip Affiliates and her time is carefully structured to accommodate the needs when called upon as a talented strategist, within the corporate and private worlds of giving.

Her speaking engagements evolve around the tough topic: “Battling the 800 thousand pound Gorilla”! It’s about the commonality of a Gorilla and a Philanthropist who raises dollars by the millions…

On a personal level, Jo Lee holds much to the dimension of her individual philosophy which has been incorporated into an autobiographical screenplay.

The scenes dramatically elude to her private life and her work with the less-fortunate children and her entrepreneurship of today. And it continues with a tragedy far greater than imaginable. Her sudden crisis with blindness and paralysis which had to be overcome and conquered for her 2nd round of productivity.

The “late Lord Thomson of Fleet, newspaper and television magnate, who was a friend of my father and a brilliant mentor to me, once gave me some advice. “Jo Lee, you can have anything you want if you want it badly enough to invest energy, diversity and time.”

If one were to sum up an impression of Josephine Lea Mascioli Mansell it would best be done by giving applause to her enormous sense of belief in her own convictions! She believes all things are possible and that’s an invaluable quality.

Jo Lee was among the exclusive group of Canadian women chosen worldwide for Canada’s “Millennium Honour Roll”.

In 1985 … she began re-inventing the Charitable World. No salaries. Less than 2% worldwide administrative costs! Her ubiquitous meetings, her telephone high-jinx and revolving door machinations of getting others to give – is unexplainable! It might best be said in the words of James M. Barrie: “if you have it, charm and brains, use it. Or find someone FAST who does. It’s the combination that counts.” SHE HAS IT!She raises dollars by the millions worldwide. International, totalling hundreds of millions throughout the past 27 years.

The genius behind this?

The Internationally known,

cutting-edge Philanthropist by the name of Josephina Lea Mascioli Mansell – known to all as Jo Lee.

She is the inexhaustible Italian/Canadian/American who permeates all strata of society. She is the extraordinary world Ambassador for mankind … representing both Governments and the UN. She divides her time between California, London, New York, Toronto and travels the world in between. Throughout her life Jo Lee has had this uncanny essence of envisioning a dream, putting it into motion and getting people to give. She’s revolutionized the Charitable World. We call her: the non-profit machine.

Born with a unique beat in her heart, Jo Lee has been a pioneer in the ‘art of originality.’ Her father was an Italian Diplomat, her mother a maestro and the late Lord Thomson, Baron of Fleet, her mentor.

So where did her major world of productivity all begin?

On the Pacific Coast at her home in San Francisco, on July 1, 1985 with a vision of HOW she could give birth to improving the lives of the young.


From 1985 through 1987 — The powers of big people in big business as Claude I. Taylor O.C. – Chairman Emeritus, Air Canada and Thomas D. Smyth – Chairman Retired, H.J. Heinz Co. of Canada and H. Gail Regan – Owner/Vice-Chair Cara Holdings Limited, and Mel Weiss – creator of the “take-out hamburger” and builder of the largest athletic/tennis club in the U.S., and Richard Swig – founder and creator of Fairmont Hotels: gave Jo Lee carte blanche to pursue her dreams. And the worlds of Hollywood’s Disney and George Lucas facilitated whatever “crazy idea” she’d designed in her dreams.

Multitudes of believing people listened, supported, thought she was crazy at times but, adored the enthusiasm that would put YES! International {Youth Empowered Solutions} onto a plateau whose foundation became as firm as a rock without lava.

From 1988 through 1993YES! energized many continents, bringing empowered youth together through trained youth facilitators, coaching the negatives of ‘substance use and abuse’. YES! broke history in television and satellite hook-ups and became endorsed by the UN as an International exemplar among the young.

From 1994 through 2000YES! became the 1st online charity in the world, developing global round-tables, chaired by youth, who began implementing their findings into an explosion of data banks which they, the youth, unanimously concluded should be named after the man who’d become their White Night: THE CLAUDE I. TAYLOR, O.C. \ Archival Library! {Chairman Emeritus, Air Canada}

It’s “electrifying to see how young adults are getting their ideas across in a world often run by the less open-minded people. You know” continues Jo Lee, “The Archival Library creates an utterly fascinating/impact filled network for the YES! generation in every corner of the globe. The library succinctly expounds unprecedented documentation on how to effectively help eliminate social ills.”

From the Library — YES! built the best infrastructure in the world for assisting the ‘30 something and under crowds’ with their multitude of problems through an online Campus offering QUICK / FREE / HELP. And The Campus At YES! was named: THE THOMAS D. SMYTH \ E-Help Campus. {Chairman and CEO, Retired, H.J. Heinz Co. of Canada}.

Our E-HELP Campus “listens to and interacts with millions in need of assistance” says Jo Lee, and “the synergy gives every young adult the opportunity to make right the issue they dared to dream! We’re committed to the view of empowering the dignity of each young individual, male/female, and assisting with the freedom and responsibility of creating a meaningful life, especially with the changing needs of modern society. Change, growth, empowerment.” And her work during the past 2.5 decades demonstrates the power of that simple statement.

Jo Lee’s Corporation has become a phenomenon. YES! is endorsed and acclaimed by the UNITED NATIONS as an INTERNATIONAL EXEMPLAR! UNEP and UNICEF have come to make the endorsement three fold”.

YES! became acclaimed by the 30 something and under audiences as: ‘the meeting place of the new Century.’ Today, the Campus at YES! helps 44+ million youth annually.



In 2000 — something quite incredible happened.

JO LEE Magazine was born and soared reflecting the ultimate in luxury, elegance and lifestyle.


The exclusive triannual is a magazine unlike any other that takes you on a ride boasting a 39+ million global print/online readership with all advertising revenue {no salaries} placed into its charitable focus.




JO LEE Magazine and its worldwide readers would become dedicated to the support of The ADESTE Medal. {Latin translation: to be present } An award taking as its credo the lessons behind Man To Universe.

ADESTE touches the 40 and under’ Unsung Heroes who may otherwise not be recognized giving them ‘the will’ to dream and to ‘see the future before it arrives’. The Nominees must have contributed outstanding benefits to humanity within the categories of Humanities, Social Justice, Technology, Arts, and Medicine. The Unsung Heroes with no advantages.

ADESTE is not about money.

ADESTE is about a Medal of Honor.

About assisting Laureates in further achieving their dreams.


The recognized activity achieved by the Candidate should be a humanitarian act of significant magnitude which positively benefits mankind by advancing the ability to meet a basic need or should be a new, original, and meaningful discovery.


In 2006 — Jo Lee developed The ADESTE Academy.

A fascinating twist to The ADESTE Gold Medal, The ADESTE Academy embraces the advancement of higher education for African Students. The Unsung Heroes – experiencing undreamed of possibilities. From demise to transition.

ADESTE and our Campus At YES! are marvelous, empowered successes,” continues Jo Lee. “It’s exciting to realize the bequests we give each day for a better tomorrow.”

  •  The advancement of higher education for 3rd World Students.
  • The elimination of poverty.
  • The advancement of women and men.
  • The promotion of pluralistic values in society.
  • The ADESTE Academy provides university education for 3rd World students who’ve completed high school amidst great adversity. The Unsung Heroes – experiencing undreamed of possibilities.
  • The next 100 years – one by one – a child’s journey how she/he will live through the advancement of higher education and never really die.


 Jo Lee With Her Youth — Niarobi 



Jo Lee, Jenna Brianne Lambert, ADESTE Laureate 2007 — Kingston, Canada 


  Mariatu Kamara, ADESTE Laureate 2009 — Sierra Leone


   David Wesonga, ADESTE Laureate 2008, Jo Lee, Pamela, David’s Mother — Nairobi


In 2011 — Jo Lee did it again. She created a social media end to her magazine for ‘the world on the run’. Everything you want to know about power, the world of business and politics, travel, corporate governance, the best of photography, the rich and the famous, health, humor and entertaining articles – all choreographed in lavishly, illustrated presentations.

The phenomenon with JO LEE and its world of intellectual power, is matched not only by the magnetic attraction of its photo-driven issues but it boasts the privilege of being the only magazine with a social media end bringing you quick, outstanding reads with breaking news as it happens. |

For tomorrow and beyond, only ONE focus in life can refer to Jo Lee’s beyond! She asks you bear with her.

“For the World On The Run, we’ve launched a quintessential social media site that takes the elegance and breadth of topics riveting to our 39+ million readers in JO LEE and combined it with exciting, major stories of the day with the best of the best in breaking global news. All condensed for ‘quick reads’ for ‘those on the run’. Guaranteeing true, balanced content,” says the Italian, Canadian, American Josephina Lee Mascioli-Mansell, known to all as – Jo Lee.

Nino A. Mascioli, President & CEO, JO LEE Social Media Enterprise, adds: “our online enterprise builds on thought-provoking perspectives on how the world operates and we aim to be the place people with ‘limited time turn to first for quick news on the run.”

Credited with the success of the magazine’s 180 degree layout and design, is Executive VP Creative, Jason Chipman Howlett with Executive VP and CTO, John Black who has driven the tri-annual to exponential heights.

 JO LEE Magazine gives 100 percent of its advertising revenue to The ADESTE Academy for the advancement of higher education for African students, the Unsung Heroes experiencing possibilities undreamed of. |

Bing Han, Adeste Governor Representing China, Jo Lee, Jia Zhang-ke Adeste Laurate 2011, Olivia Hollaus, Adeste Governor USA — Beijing

Intellectually suave, this Ambassador, who is nothing but her own self, has taught us that abnormal risks, intuitive persistence, even in the face of disaster, is ‘the card’ to dealing with change in a tough world and re-defining it for her own purposes. Her face is a chronicle of this experience, style and emotion built on an inherent structure of sensitivity, depth and wit. A raison d’être quaint to no one else.

How does one catch a Butterfly or a Moonbeam? Why not ask – Josephina Lea Mascioli Mansell.

*Jo Lee’s hobbies are Narration and Skeet Shooting. Her inner circle leans toward the powerful, not celebrity and, she insists that her vocalizes heard twice per day is what drives her inner powers to success.

When asked what her 5 year career goal was she laughed and said: “why, being ‘Morphed’ into a phenomenon greater than Minnie Mouse!”

And her hands fly into the air to compliment her Italian mannerisms as she speaks…


“I AM a WOMAN of ACTION™ because …

everything you can imagine is real‘.

It takes courage to grow up and become who you ‘really‘ are and then suddenly: poof! Life is all in the Now.”


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About Jo Lee:

  • Credited with re-inventing the charitable world
  • Founder, Chairman, CEO – YES! International, the first online charity in the world, an
  • E-Help Campus assisting 44+ Million youth annually.
  • Founder, Chairman, CEO – The ADESTE Gold Medal
  • Founder, Chairman, CEO – The ADESTE Academy
  • Founder, Publisher, Editor In Chief – The 39+ MM audience of JO LEE Magazine |
  • Founder, Publisher JO LEE at 180 Degrees From Ordinary
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Feature Columnist – JO LEE Magazine, Best Selling Author: Elizabeth Taylor, RED and Brooklyn’s Scarlett (Susan Hayward), Charlie of Nob Hill, Rocking Horse (Betty Hutton), Ghosts Of Gone With The Wind, Prima Donna: A Reluctant Star (Irene Manning).



A Celebration of Women™ 

welcomes this  powerhouse of ‘pay – it – forward’ into our Alumni of WOMEN of ACTION™ with open arms, embracing her spirit.


Brava Jo Lee !


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