CJ Jackson

Host, Business Review

Innovation-lover and director of communications and marketing at the Hankamer School of Business, CJ Jackson is also a public radio show host and Iowa State alum.

Before coming to Baylor, CJ worked for NCR Corporation 13 years, where she learned the power of high-functioning teams, global reach and impossible deadlines.

CJ’s talents are not just limited to marketing and communications. She was the winner of a twist contest – you know, the dance – at age 3 and to her knowledge, holds the world record for the longest cross-country trip in an electric car. When she isn’t working or driving on sun power, she’s hanging out in her craft room or volunteering at the local public radio station.

Sleek, high tech and affordable micro housing in downtown metro areas is poised to disrupt the urban housing market, which hasn't changed in over 150 years. 

 


Asking "why" can uncover new industries right under your nose, and also be the key to innovation and success.

 


From the warehouse to the C-suite, seeing all employees as valuable and deserving of respect builds trust, and positively impacts customer service too. For one startup's CEO, investing in the company's employees has lead to ingenious benefits. 

 


 

Studies show an employee dealing with stress can decrease customer satisfaction and retention. 


Being your own boss can seem appealing, but is it all it's cracked up to be? 

 


People who survive, even thrive, in the start-up world, all tend to be “hard-wired” the same. Gritty people have deeply thought out, long-term goals and a “stick-to-it-ive-ness.”

 


 

Shawn Achor researches how people can re-wire their brain to be happier. He says there are two things that accelerate the brain toward growth – the perception of progress and seeing the finish line as being close.

 

 


There are a number of challenges for women in IT today. Barriers stem from the fact that so few women are in the higher levels of organizations to begin with. In addition, the way work-family balance is viewed is still gender biased.  

 


How much should you save for a comfortable retirement? Wall Street Journal blogger retirement expert, Bill Reichenstein, gives some pointers. 

 


 

We've all been in brainstorming sessions that wound up as a complete waste of time. So, how can those minutes turn into time where you find not just any concept or strategy… but a really great one? 

 


Angel investors “fill the gap” in funding young companies, with family and friends on one end and traditional venture capital on the other.  

 


How do certain people achieve such great things? What really separates people who really seem to have an almost other-worldly level of commitment to their ideas? Entrepreneur Kevin Rustagi says some people have a kind of “energy about them” to create new things, and a lot of staying power has to do with grit. 

 


Professor of management Sam Paustian-Underdahl studied a group of nurses from the Midwestern United States Medical Center — the way they managed work and family responsibilities, and how their boss perceived the way they managed it.

 


 

Professor of information systems, Cindy Riemenschneider, says studying overseas gives students a leg up on their resume and opens the door for internships abroad. “It offers opportunities for students that there is no way to replicate that in a classroom. It opens their eyes to see that there are many different ways that people do things that are not like the United States. Their philosophy with regard to work is very different." 

 


 

Happiness fuels success – not the other way around – says Shawn Achor in his book “The Happiness Advantage.” He says that research shows us when we raise somebody’s level of happiness first by deepening their optimism and deepening their social connection, every single business outcome we can test for improves. Productivity rises 31%, sales rise cross industry by 37%, and you’re 40% more likely to receive a promotion. Happiness is actually a precursor to greater levels of success, not merely the result of it.

 


 

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