“Grit + Grace...one won’t let you give up and the other makes it ok to let go.” - Cheryle Jackson
On this episode of EvolveHer Unpacked, Amanda and Alicia sit down with powerhouse Cheryle Jackson, former SVP of Global Business Development and President of AAR Africa for AAR CEO and Founder of Grit and Grace, The Movement, a women’s empowerment, coaching and media company. Growing up with a family on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement, Cheryle was no stranger to grit. It wasn't until she encountered life's hardest moments did she understand why "grit" needed to stand alongside "grace."
After a breast cancer diagnosis and divorce through a Post-It, Cheryle had no other choice than to dig deep and find her inner strength - this is where her grace kicked in. Through her hardest moments, Cheryle found her company, Grit + Grace to help women gain the confidence to advocate and take better care of themselves.
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Cheryle Robinson Jackson’s career has been marked by many firsts, spanning international business, civil rights, politics, government, not-for-profit and the media. Jackson is CEO and Founder of Grit and Grace, The Movement, a women’s empowerment, coaching and media company she founded in 2018. Until 2019, she served as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and President of AAR Africa for AAR, a global aviation services company. In that role, she identified new business opportunities in emerging, existing and underperforming markets in Africa, Asia, South and North America and succeeded in expanding AAR’s footprint in Africa. Jackson also served as AAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Development after joining the company in 2010.
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Alicia Driskill, Founder of EvolveHer, curates events and workshops that help women evolve and live a life they love. Prior to launching evolveHer, Alicia worked as VP of Global Partnerships at WME | IMG, one of the world’s most innovative companies. She also served as a Senior Executive at Live Nation and People.com. After a 17 yr career in entertainment & media working alongside the industry’s elite, Alicia decided to evolve her own career path and disrupt the Chicago market by opening EvolveHer, Chicago’s first creative workspace designed for women. Alicia also serves as an active Luminary Member of Step Up, a non-profit organization that helps girls fulfill their potential. Follow Alicia on Instagram and LinkedIn.
Amanda Chin, Partner and Head of Growth of EvolveHer, is a sales leader and business development strategist with over a decade of experience scaling businesses and brands. She has partnered with global Fortune 500 brands in digital marketing strategy and business development. Amanda most recently was VP of Sales at an award-winning marketing technology company, Amobee, where she built and led the social advertising business. In addition to her role at EvolveHer, Amanda has a consulting business focused on business development and scale for entrepreneurs and growth based companies. Follow Amanda on Instagram and LinkedIn.
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