Women Worth Watching 2015
Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson
This MAPS Founder Is Passionate about Diversity and Inclusion
Founder and director of Mentoring and Providing Scholarships, or MAPS, Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson has long been a formidable advocate for the disenfranchised, the ostracized, and the downtrodden. MAPS focuses on preparing young people to take on the challenges of higher education, while encouraging them to think critically and act responsibly.
Carla has long worked to further women’s issues and causes, serving as a core committee member for the first Women’s Network for Entrepreneurial Training (WNET) chapter in Bloomington, Illinois. An organization that brings women together to explore business issues and create strategies to develop leaders for the future, WNET leverages the diverse talents, skills, and experiences of women to support an inclusive and nurturing culture.
Carla also mentors more than 30 young professionals within her organization, instilling strong values, hope, and determination. She has never rejected a request to mentor an employee.
A firm believer in the notion that education and personal development must be a continual process, Carla recently earned her PhD in organizational communications (with an emphasis in diversity and inclusion) and continues to educate others on the business and moral imperatives associated with building and supporting robust diversity and inclusion programs.
In addition to heading up MAPS, this busy wife and mother holds leadership positions with several organizations committed to building better communities and brighter futures. She is president of the Southwestern Michigan Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and first vice president of the Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch of the NAACP.
Carla’s passion for diversity and inclusion will continue to leave a positive and indelible mark on the lives of many. Every day, she fosters rich relationships with the people she meets and makes certain that every person feels embraced, appreciated, and uniquely valued.