November 5th, 2021

“Teams needs have changed dramatically – from balcony leadership with mission and vision to much more active listening, side-by-side leadership.”

Imagine – you are 10 years old in the South during the Civil Rights Movement and your white mother leaves an abusive marriage and marries a black man. It’s illegal and your new family is shunned by both the white and the black communities. Compelled to save the family and make a better life, the three of you flee to Canada and then Washington State. Your biological father finds you and forces you to return, but at 12-years-of-age you escape, making a harrowing journey across the country, alone, back to your mother and step father…

This is the extraordinary story Scott Jackson shared with us on the very first episode of the Leadership Insights Podcast and has since written about in his illuminating book, Take Me With You. Scott’s incredible story and extraordinary leadership have inspired and touched the hearts of everyone who’s had the privilege to meet or hear him.  Oh, and he is changing the world (literally!)

In this – yet another – fantastic conversation, Scott Jackson shares what is new and different in his world, personally and professionally including:

  • How his perspective and approach to leadership have changed during COVID;
  • Updates to his transformative book, Take Me With You, that encourages readers to make their own impact;
  • How Global Impact is shifting its organizational practices to align with their deep commitment to Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (JDEI); and
  • Invaluable ideas for other leaders undergoing change – due to the current times or organizational changes – including self-care, coaching and asking for support .

P.S. The not-socially-distanced picture of Scott and Margarita was taken at his book’s premier event several years ago.

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About Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Global Impact. A global development, fundraising and marketing veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Jackson provides leadership, direction and oversight for all aspects of the organization, which has raised nearly $2 billion since inception to help the world’s most vulnerable people.

Before joining Global Impact, Mr. Jackson served as Vice President for External Relations at PATH where he worked with a team to manage more than $300 million in donations. While there, his strategic responsibilities included developing and strengthening relationships with partners and donors, overseeing unrestricted funding and advocacy-related funding initiatives, and maximizing the visibility of PATH’s work.

Previously, Mr. Jackson was Senior Vice President at World Vision US where he directed external relations, key partnerships, community relations and strategic initiatives. While there he worked with a team that managed a fundraising portfolio of more than $1 billion.

From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Jackson served as President and Managing Director of APCO Seattle, a worldwide public affairs and strategic communications consulting firm. In 1989, he founded TRADEC (Trade and Development Consortium), one of the first marketing and communications firms in North America to specialize in international trade promotion, technology transfer and market access. TRADEC was later acquired by APCO Worldwide.

Mr. Jackson serves on several national boards and advisory councils including PATH MACEPA, Global Washington, the International Center for Research on Women, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He was a founding nonprofit member of the management committee of the  ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History.

Mr. Jackson received an MBA from the University of Edinburgh School of International Business, where he attended as a Rotary International Ambassador Scholar. He also holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Puget Sound. Mr. Jackson received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Puget Sound, and maintains his CFRE certification through the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


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