Walt Disney Enterprises founder Jesse Jackson explains why he wants to help other black entrepreneurs.
Jesse Jacksons passion for entrepreneurship began with his early childhood in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, when he joined his family to work at the local Ford Motor Company factory.
During that time, he saw firsthand the challenges of growing up and growing up in a segregated and racist society.
His father, who worked in the Ford factory, was killed when he was six years old and Jesse was the first of his siblings to be born.
After graduating high school, Jackson went on to pursue his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan.
He received his Ph.
D. from Harvard in 1997, and in 1999 he became a partner in an investment company called Walt Disney Co. and in 2005 he was named President of the Walt Disney Studios.
Since taking over as President in 2016, Jackons tenure has been marked by bold changes.
During his first month as President, he announced a new executive order aimed at improving the treatment of women in the workplace, as well as eliminating outdated, discriminatory and harmful practices, such as sexual harassment.
He also made significant changes to the company’s financial performance.
Since his presidency, Jackson has become one of the most prominent voices for change in the entertainment industry, having introduced a diversity plan at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort, as a key member of the Board of Directors, and serving as a co-chair for the Walt and Lucille Bluth Foundation.
In 2020, Jack began a new leadership role at Disney, with a focus on diversifying the company to meet the needs of the next generation of artists, performers, designers and creative types.
Jacks plan to do this by bringing more diverse perspectives to Disney and supporting the creation of new and creative content, such a music videos, podcasts, films and virtual worlds.
Jack also has led a number of initiatives to promote equality for women in Disney and the entertainment sector, including his leadership in the Disney Parks initiative and the hiring of the first ever woman as a Disney Vacation Club executive.
Jack’s leadership on behalf of diversity and inclusion will continue to be a cornerstone of his new leadership team at Disney.
In 2017, Jack started a new initiative to create more diverse talent within Disney and beyond, and he launched the Disney Diversity Partnership.
The partnership will be a collaborative effort between Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, and other organizations to help build more diverse and inclusive talent.
Jack has also been working to improve the experiences of African Americans and Latino youth in the world of Disney through his mentoring and mentoring efforts.
In 2018, Jack became the first African American to lead the Walt family and in 2020 he was elected to the Walt Junior Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed on Disney’s most outstanding senior leadership figure.
Jack will also serve as the first black CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Jack said in 2018 that he was honored to be named the CEO of the United States for the second time.
In 2019, Jack helped lead the creation and implementation of the Disney’s Talent Search program, which will be the largest recruitment, retention and training effort in Disney’s history.
Jack was named the first CEO of Disney Talent Search, and will lead the company in the search for and select talent from across the globe for a variety of opportunities.
In 2020, he joined the board of directors of the Alliance of Global Disney Companies.
In 2017, he led the development of the Leadership Leadership Academy and was named as the inaugural president of the American Academy of Achievement.
In 2018, he was a founding member of The Leadership Group, a group of top leaders and experts who help develop and implement a shared vision for America.
Jacks leadership is also being reflected through the Disney Princess Academy, which was named after him in 2020.
The new program aims to teach young women how to become leaders and be more successful in the work place.
In 2019, he hosted the Disney Women in Leadership Summit, which included some of the highest-profile women in Hollywood.
In early 2020, Disney partnered with the American Foundation for Women to create a new organization to help support women’s advancement in the workforce.
Jack served as an adviser to the Alliance for the Disney Renaissance.