Meet the Team
Dr. Veirdre Jackson
Dr. Veirdre Jackson is a woman pursuing her purpose, passion, and life’s priority to share her belief that all children deserve the best education available. She is an award-winning author, educator, and entrepreneur who is recognized as a leading educational trainer in trauma informed practices and DEIB. She is a veteran educator with over 20 years of experience supporting non-profit and executive leadership.
Through her experiences with systems based approaches to Trauma Awareness and Equity Literacy, the Resiliency Approach, and Positive Behavior and Intervention Strategies, she has harnessed her passion for building organizational resilience and personal strength on behalf of youth, families, and educational professionals. She provides training, consulting and supports for parents, educators, administrators, clinicians and youth development staff who desire to impact children from the inside out.
Dr. Jackson is the CEO/Founder of Living Strong Consulting LLC. She also serves on the executive board for Quest Trauma Healing Centers. She is a highly sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, working with organizations like Lakeside Global Institute as a mentor trainer; Penn State Extension as an online course developer; Pennsylvania Early Head Start as a classroom and home visiting coach; Zero to Three as a Certified trainer in Infant Toddler Competencies and the Growing Brain; and various K-12 public and charter school districts as an Equity and Justice Consultant and Relational Coach. Her commitment to leaders and organizational development is elevated through her John Maxwell Team Certification which allows her to support leaders in sustaining growth and maintaining mission through trainings, mastermind sessions, lunch & learns, and coaching in such topics as Today Matters, Leadership Gold, How to Be a REAL Success, Becoming A Person of Influence, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, and more.
Her internet radio show and podcast on Voice America’s Empowerment Station, Spotify and iHeart Radio entitled Living Strong: The Flip Side of Adversity reaches listeners with inspirational, authentic and practical stories from lived experiences by her guest cohosts on how to manage bad experiences to leverage lessons and create gains in the areas of relationships, time management, health, mental wellness and mindset, finances, leadership, and faith.
Her first book – 16 Principles for Abundant Living - is a foundational guide for women’s empowerment, and her 2019 book and video series Fearless Conversations with a Limitless God provides insight on addressing the challenges to breaking the cycle of toxic thoughts that keep women in “hiding places”.
Dr. Jackson has been recognized for her expertise in professional development by Pennsylvania’s Keystone Stars’ Southeast Regional Key as a Professional Development Champion; is a featured presenter for the newly released 4 Part Trauma and Child Development Series by Penn State’s Better Kid Care; has been a contributor to Women’s Entrepreneur Magazine; is a reoccurring keynote and breakout session speaker for conferences nationally and the guest speaker on several podcasts, and was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of 40 Leaders Under 40.
Dr. Jackson has been named leader by the Exchange Leadership Initiative. Exchange has been making leadership more visible in the field of early care and education since 2014. Exchange Leaders are recognized for providing vision and stability, imagination and caring, and through their actions, direction to our field for now and into the future.
Dr. Jackson holds a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University; a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Temple University; and a Doctoral Degree from Wilmington University in Leadership and Innovation. She is a wife and mother of two girls, and GiGi to her grandsons, Max and Jaxon and granddaughter, Ceres.