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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Guacamole
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1949
Birth Location:
Los Angeles, California

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Guacamole
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
To Thine Own Self Be True.

Birthplace

Born:
6/30/1949
Birth Location:
Los Angeles
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Biography

Yvonne Ruth Jackson was born on June 30, 1949 in Los Angeles, California. Her father, Giles B. Jackson, was a judge. Jackson’s mother, Gwendolyn Lackey Battle was a teacher. Jackson has a twin sister, Yvette L. Townsend, and an older sister, Mignon W. Jackson. She attended the One Hundred Ninth Elementary School and Jordan High School in Los Angeles. Jackson graduated from high school in 1966, and then attended her aunt Mignon Lewis’ alma mater, Spelman College. In 1970, she received her B.A. degree in history.

Upon graduating from Spelman College, Jackson worked as a personnel manager for Sears Roebuck & Company. In 1979, she became an executive recruiter for Avon Products, Inc. From 1980 to 1983, Jackson was promoted to manager of employee relations and staffing. Jackson then received a certificate in management development from Harvard Business School in 1985. In 1989, she became Avon Products’ Vice-President of Human Resources for the North American division. Jackson went on to work for Burger King Corporation in 1993, Compaq Computers in 1999, and the pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, Inc. as Senior Vice-President of Human Resources. Some of the key responsibilities as senior vice-president included strengthening business growth and development, launching communication and retention programs, structuring global human resource strategy and leadership programs, and developing human resource training and development programs.

Jackson has recently formed her own management and human resources consulting firm, Beecher Jackson. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the 2004 Alumni of the Year from Spelman College. Jackson is currently chair of the Board of Trustees at Spelman College, and serves as a board member for Girls, Inc. and the Institute for Women’s Policy. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the accounting firm of Price-Waterhouse.

Jackson resides in Coral Gables, Florida with her husband, Fredrick Jackson, Jr.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Yvonne Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Yvonne Jackson narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Slating of Yvonne Jackson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Yvonne Jackson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Yvonne Jackson describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Yvonne Jackson describes her maternal grandparents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Yvonne Jackson remembers after-school lessons with her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Yvonne Jackson describes her maternal grandparents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Yvonne Jackson recalls experiences of racial discrimination from her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Yvonne Jackson describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Yvonne Jackson describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Yvonne Jackson describes her education in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Yvonne Jackson recalls one of her father's cases after Brown v. Board of Education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Yvonne Jackson describes the Watts riots of 1965
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Yvonne Jackson recalls the changes in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles after the riots
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Yvonne Jackson remembers meeting her aunt for the first time
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Yvonne Jackson describes her relationship with her twin sister, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Yvonne Jackson describes her relationship with her twin sister, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Yvonne Jackson remembers her mentors in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Yvonne Jackson describes her experience at Spelman College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Yvonne Jackson describes her experience at Spelman College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Yvonne Jackson remembers guarding Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s casket
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Yvonne Jackson describes her freshman year at Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Yvonne Jackson explains how she learned from her failures
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Yvonne Jackson describes the culture of Spelman College and her potential employers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Yvonne Jackson talks about being the first African American woman in her many professions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Yvonne Jackson reflects upon the wisdom she gained at Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Yvonne Jackson explains why she went into business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Yvonne Jackson reflects upon the impact of her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Yvonne Jackson recalls her early years working for Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Yvonne Jackson recalls her experiences with Sears in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Yvonne Jackson describes her decision to leave Sears, Roebuck and Co.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Yvonne Jackson recounts how she came to work for Avon Products Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Yvonne Jackson explains the role of human resources
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Yvonne Jackson recalls diversifying the workforce of Avon Products Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Yvonne Jackson describes her work in Japan with Avon Products Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Yvonne Jackson reflects upon her interest in human resources
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Yvonne Jackson explains why she left Avon Products Inc. in 1993
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Yvonne Jackson describes her work at Burger King
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Yvonne Jackson describes what a being a great manager means to her
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Yvonne Jackson remembers her promotions at Avon Products Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Yvonne Jackson recalls her interview for Compaq Computer Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Yvonne Jackson describes her relationship with her second husband
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Yvonne Jackson recalls Compaq Computer Corporation's acquisition by Hewlett Packard
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Yvonne Jackson explains why she left Compaq Computer Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Yvonne Jackson describes her role at Pfizer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Yvonne Jackson describes her role as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Spelman College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Yvonne Jackson reflects upon her achievements as chair of the Board of Trustees at Spelman College
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Yvonne Jackson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Yvonne Jackson describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Yvonne Jackson gives advice to future generations