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Cheryle R. Jackson is Senior Vice President of Global Business Development and President of AAR Africa at AAR. Jackson served as AAR’s Vice President of Government Affairs and Corporate Development after joining the company in 2010 and more recently added business development to her responsibilities and succeeded in growing AAR’s business in Africa. As Vice President of Global Development, Jackson conducts in‐depth market analysis, identifies new business opportunities and strategic industry and business partners, and cultivates strong relationships to bridge the cultural gap and align industry goals with local economic revitalization objectives.
Jackson serves as director on the boards of Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), a national organization dedicated to facilitating person‐to‐person relationships between business government leaders worldwide. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industry Association (AIA), the industry’s leading advocacy Group. Jackson also sits on the Board for Chicago Foundation for Women, an organization that focuses on issues that affect women’s lives.
Prior to joining AAR, Jackson was appointed the first female president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. In that capacity, she led one of the most transformational periods of growth at the venerable civil rights organization, shifting its focus from social services to economic development. Jackson also served as communications director for the Governor of Illinois and was the first woman and African American in the state’s history to hold that position. She was also a candidate for President Obama’s once‐vacant U.S. Senate seat in 2008.
“I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” for all you did in helping us host Ms. April Ryan as our 2018 MLK, Jr. keynote speaker. Ms. Ryan was absolutely amazing last night!! She was captiva
“I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” for all you did in helping us host Ms. April Ryan as our 2018 MLK, Jr. keynote speaker. Ms. Ryan was absolutely amazing last night!! She was captivating, insightful, and delivered a powerful message with words of hope, love, and a call to action to the audience. They were utterly enthralled by her presence and presentation.
I would like to also add that I thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ryan. She was so personable, pleasant, down-to-earth and very gracious and accommodating with the guests. She was patient with each question and stayed until every person had their book signed or picture taken. I would not hesitate to have her visit our campus again. I was so impressed and grateful for her contributions to our campus community in this role, but even more so for the work and accomplishments she is making in journalism, politics, and keeping integrity in the profession.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful and professional work of Ms. Kim Lowery in her role in ensuring a positive and successful program. She was thorough in providing the details of the travel itinerary and ensured that we had all the information necessary in preparation for Ms. Ryan’s visit. It was a pleasure working with her on this engagement.
Thank you again for the work you do and the rewarding collaborations we enjoy with your agency. I look forward to future interactions.”
“Meeting you both today was a great experience for me and my career development! I learned so much and truly valued your expertise, insight and probing questions. You really got my wheels turning and focused solely on the success of building my brand. As I mentioned, this was a new experience for me and it was a great opportunity to be ultra successful in 2015! As I recap my notes, I just wanted to send you a note of sincere thanks.”
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