Can you please give us a brief introduction of who you are and your current business?
My name is Jackie Brown Smith and I am a project manager at Princeton University in the School of Public and International Affairs focusing on public health inequities, specifically around gun violence and epidemiology. I have adjunct appointments at Duke University School of Nursing and University of Mount Olive. I recently launched a leadership training company called Every Phase Leadership (EPL). It offers resources to women in all phases of their leadership journey. I have a Bachelors in Political Science from UNC Chapel Hill, a double Masters in Health Administration and Organizational Leadership from Pfeiffer University and a Doctorate in Education and Organizational Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. I am married and live in Garner.
Why did you join BPW? I am a returning member of BPW, but I have admired the scholarship opportunities and safe spaces for women! It's a great organization.
What are your favorite hobbies or interests outside of work? I love the arts. My husband is a professional illustrator, so we enjoy travelling and visiting museums and concerts. We also love hiking, going to the beach and visiting parks. I enjoy being an Auntie, so that includes going to sporting events, Frankies and anything that requires sneakers - sign me up! I also enjoy cooking gourmet meals for my family.
What is your favorite super hero and why?
Shuri is the sister of the original Black Panther. Her story after her brother passed, was a story of resilience and triumph. I lost my brother not too long ago, and it unexpectedly strengthened me.
What chores do you hate doing?
Putting up laundry.
What did or do you want to be when you grow up?
If you could learn to do anything what would it be?
Draw. I watch my husband, and it's so seamless, but I am the Queen of Stick Figures.
How do you define success?
Waking up everyday and taking a step forward toward your goals is success!
What can BPW do to support you in your career journey?
Continue to offer programming that builds me, and continue to engage and welcome a diverse membership.