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Jackie Glenn on Journeying

Jackie joins Yours to Create in this mini-podcast with a preview of her thoughts on the next episode.

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Jackie Glenn, founder and CEO of Glenn Diversity, Inclusion & HR Solutions
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Learn more here about Lift As I Climb: An Immigrant Girl’s Journey Through Corporate America, Jackie’s book!

Jackie Glenn is the founder and CEO of Glenn Diversity Inclusion & HR Solutions. She began her career in the year 2000 when she joined the human resources department of EMC Corporation, a Fortune 500 company in the technology sector.

The experience of working in HR proved to be Jackie’s “aha” moment. She immediately saw that her life’s journey could help EMC and others to create corporate cultures that reflect the diverse world they are aiming to serve.

As Jackie states, “There is a special place carved out that only you can fill.” Jackie’s adaptation to American culture as a Jamaican immigrant-led her to cultivate a distinctive and insightful skillset for navigating the corporate world. This foundation uniquely qualified her to lead EMC’s efforts of building a diverse workforce and creating an environment that would retain top talent from around the globe.

At EMC, Jackie quickly progressed to Global Chief Diversity Officer, overseeing a workforce of 60,000 employees around the world. Within this role, she conceived, planned, and enacted programs in organizational development, leadership consulting, and employee training.

During her tenure, she created a groundbreaking transgender reassignment and benefits program, multiple women’s corporate advancement immersion experiences, and recruiting partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU collaborations feature a summer internship that builds a pipeline of high potential future employees in the STEM field.

EMC merged with Dell Computer in 2016. During the transition, Jackie served as Global Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and supervised the melding of corporate cultures for the combined entity’s new workforce of 150,000 employees worldwide.

Jackie’s success in corporate America is paralleled by the tremendous impact she’s had as a mentor and sponsor. She has helped countless mentees realize their career potential, break down gender and cultural barriers, and defy industry trends.

Jackie holds a Master of Science degree in human resources management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA and a bachelor’s degree from Emmanuel College in Boston, MA. Her love for community advocacy and civic leadership includes service on the Board of the Children’s Services of Roxbury (MA), the Board of the Museum of African American History (MAAH) Boston, and the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Lift As I Climb: An Immigrant Girl’s Journey Through Corporate America is Jackie’s instructional biography on how she employed her ten self-created “gems” to guide her journey from a nanny all the way to Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Dell EMC, author, and CEO. Within its pages, Glenn reveals a vow she made to herself, alone at a cold bus stop soon after she arrived to the U.S. “When life gets better for me, no one will be left at the bus stop.” Her life is a reflection of that conviction.

Yours to Create’s theme and interludes are by Maisie Bull. Yours to Create is produced by New England Innovation Academy.

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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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