Lilian Jackson is the co-founder of Brown Skin Brunchin’, a social group based in Henderson that “creates space for minority women to come together over a good meal and drinks to expand their personal and professional circles,” Jackson says. “We’ve experienced rapid growth of our community, which is now over 42,000 women strong!” Learn about Lilian Jackson…
Hometown: Richmond, VA
First job: My first job and career has been in human resources for the past 20 years. I got my first opportunity for an internship at a friend’s party, so I realized early on the benefits of networking.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in NV: My favorite ways to spend my free time would have to be–of course–having brunch with my friends; however, I also enjoy spending time with my children as well as traveling to experience new adventures.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: One of my biggest accomplishments would have to be starting a business with my best friend and touching the lives of many other women of color. It’s such an honor to hear the women who attend our Brown Skin Brunchin’ events talk about the bonds they’re making, the healing taking place and connections happening as a result.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: One of the biggest obstacles that I have overcome was being able to connect with others on a professional level without having my shyness mask the potential opportunity in front of me. Becoming an entrepreneur and started the Brunchin’ business has truly helped me to get out of my comfort zone.
Someone who inspires you and why: My grandmother. Growing up, she always made a way for me to enjoy life even if that meant sacrifices would have to be made to do so. Her example inspires my determination to win despite any obstacle.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: My best advice would be to network because it is not what you know, it is who you know. Networking is how I was able to build a 20-year career in human resources, and its what’s helped our business to expand so rapidly.
Favorite quote: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” –Alice Walker
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: Well, one fun fact is that I have two siblings that are 14 years younger than me! Also, I’m the proud owner of a creative content studio in Las Vegas. Come on down!
What makes someone fabulous: What makes someone fabulous is the way in which they treat others. As a woman of color who has worked with others and did not feel included, I believe how you treat others plays a part in how fabulous someone would be. This is why I’m so obsessed with the women in our Brown Skin Brunchin’ community, because these women are by that definition, fabulous!