Third Act with Liz Tinkham

The Model of Grit and Grace with Cheryle Jackson

Guest Cheryle Jackson describes her career as a series of ‘firsts’ — as the only woman and woman of color in corporate hallways and boardrooms. Based on her experience, in 2018 she founded Grit and Grace, The Movement, a women’s empowerment organization to help advance the ambition of women through coaching, conferences, and community, designed to inspire and empower.

Third Act Podcast

Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – enjoying their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.

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The Model of Grit and Grace with Cheryle Jackson

Today’s guest, Cheryle Jackson, describes her life as a series of ‘firsts’ — as the only woman and woman of color in corporate hallways and boardrooms. As the first female president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she led the 100+ year old organization through transformational change.

As the first woman and African American to serve in the role of communications director for the Governor of Illinois, she survived the tumultous administration of Rod Blagojevich, and was asked by Barack Obama to run for his Senate seat. She’s gone onto several C-suite and Board positions, but the double whammy of divorce and breast cancer in 2012 caused her to step back and allow herself to think about herself.

In 2018, she founded Grit and Grace, The Movement, a women’s empowerment organization to help advance the ambition of women through coaching, conferences, community, and content designed to inspire and empower. Join Liz for her conversation with the extraordinary Cheryle Jackson.

1:50 The Art Degree
4:41 Disease brings change
6:37 “I’m going to be a VP”
9:20 Working for Illinois Governor Blagovejich
14:18 Better days at the Chicago Urban League
17:37 Running for US Senate
22:19 The TEDx Talk
23:14 The double whammy of breast cancer and divorce
23:54 Finding grace
28:11 Founding Grit and Grace, The Movement
31:33 Taking up space while you’re here and keepin a project in front of you

You can find more information about Cheryle Jackson here. Her TedX talk can be found here.

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