Global Director of Social Impact | The UPS Foundation at UPS
La’Kerri Jackson is the Global Director of Social Impact and The UPS Foundation at UPS. In this role La’Kerri leads efforts to drive social impact in communities around the globe. She is responsible for leading the UPS Women Exporters Program, which strategically helps unleash the economic power of women entrepreneurs in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. La’Kerri ‘s portfolio is also comprised of investing multimillion dollars in game changing opportunities for underserved and underrepresented women, youth, and marginalized communities that remove barriers to success by strengthening economic empowerment and creating pathways to entrepreneurship, higher education, mentorship, and inclusion. Most recently, La’Kerri led efforts in developing and launching the Atlanta strategy, which helps UPS make strategic investments to deliver what matters most to the city of Atlanta. In her prior role as a diversity and inclusion practitioner for UPS, La’Kerri influenced organizational culture as she reinforced UPS’s broader diversity and inclusion strategy to promote a fair, inclusive, and authentic workplace for over 500,000 employees by leading the company’s nearly 200 Business Resource Groups across the globe. La’Kerri is a committed force helping to change the world for the better. On a personal level, she remains excited about a life-transforming initiative she co-developed and launched in 2020 with a financial institution to provide microloans to women entrepreneurs in Africa. To date, over three thousand women entrepreneurs in Uganda have been positively impacted by The African Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative. La’Kerri has volunteered with numerous organizations including Heart for Africa, Wellspring, Women Impacting A Nation, Hillside Mental Health, the Truancy Intervention Project, and the Atlanta Mission. Currently, she serves as a mentor with the Atlanta Hawks’ She Leads Program for emerging female leaders in Atlanta and Ravens Hope Cambodia’s Mentorship Program for emerging women entrepreneurs in Cambodia. She also serves on the board of directors for Career Rise, Caring for Others, and the National Black Child Development Institute. Previously, La’Kerri served on the board of directors for the Global Village Project, which is the only school in the country dedicated to meeting the educational needs of refugee young women and preparing them for high school. La’Kerri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies from Beulah Heights University and ABA approved paralegal certification in civil litigation from the National Center for Paralegal Training. She enjoys spending time with family, serving in her local church, traveling, learning about different cultures, and volunteering to impact underserved and underrepresented communities around the globe. Of the many responsibilities entrusted to her, La’Kerri is most proud of her role as mother and mentor to her son and daughter.
Overview: This workshop will explore how Corporate Partners’ social investments like donations, volunteering, access, and thought partnership have helped the 100 BMOA shape local and state policy, programs, and the lives of Black people nationally and globally. This workshop will feature short stories about pervasive Black community problems (i.e., public/charter schools, financial literacy, prostate cancer, hurricane Katrina). Additionally, we will discuss how our BOLD LEADERSHIP and SHARED VISION of our public, private, and civic groups have made a monumental impact on our community.