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We have our whole lives to be ordinary, and only a few fleeting moments to be extraordinary!

Kwame Jackson is polished, confident and credentialed with prestigious Wall Street experience and business lessons he learned in front of 22 million people each week, on NBC's hit show “The Apprentice.”  As a New York City based entrepreneur, professional speaker and media personality, he is poised for global aspirations. 

Kwame holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Although he was flattered to make both People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People and its 50 Hottest Bachelors list in 2004, Kwame is a businessman first! 

His professional experience includes co-founding several Internet start-ups during his time at Harvard, sales and marketing roles at Procter & Gamble, and most recently, on Wall Street as an Investment Manager for Goldman Sachs. It was his no nonsense attitude and ability to be a team leader that made him stand out on "The Apprentice" and it is his affable nature and street smarts that make him stand out in life. 

As a professional speaker, he regularly addresses universities, aspiring entrepreneurs and executive management teams at the world's leading companies on various topics such as leadership, team building, surviving while thriving in corporate America and the importance of being an entrepreneur. 

Kwame's diverse efforts have been recognized with acclaim and accolades that include Keys to the City from Detroit, Indianapolis, Trenton, and Columbia; a National Entrepreneur Award from the United States Department of Commerce Small Business Administration and Minority Business Development Agency; and the declaration of "Kwame Jackson Day" by the Mayor of Charlotte, NC - Kwame's hometown.



After 400+ global lectures, dozens of TV interviews, and over one decade of motivation, Kwame continues to be sought out as a leading professional speaker and on-air contributor by TV networks, Fortune 500 corporations, world class universities, and innovative civic groups for his media insight, inspiring words, well honed vision, authentic story, and thoughtful leadership.


"Lift as we climb" we hear it all the time, but Kwame has chosen to live it everyday! Kwame firmly believes that success and happiness are not mutually exclusive, zero-sum games for the few, and that we all have a duty to empower, educate, uplift, and inspire those around us. We can all do that everyday by staying active in our local communities, mentoring and engaging our youth, and advocating our governments to better our world. We have our whole lives to be ordinary, but only a few fleeting moments to be extraordinary!


As a proud alumnus of UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School, a former top marketer and salesmen at Procter & Gamble, Harvard Business School MBA, Wall Street investment manager at Goldman Sachs, NBC's Apprentice TV Star, early dot-com, apparel and real-estate entrepreneur; Kwame has called on all of those experiences, key learnings, and networks to offer strategic, sales, brand, and marketing consulting services to some of the world's leading corporations, cities, icons, and NGOs.


Kwame often likes to say, "he got his start just like you!" From selling candy on his grade school bus, to mowing lawns to buy his first Nintendo video game system, Kwame has always found ways to link profits with his passion. At the core, that is all being an entrepreneur really is? Through the years and along with his HBS classmates, Kwame has been involved in launching a college vertical portal as a pre-cursor to Facebook in 1999, well before "social networking" was even a term, as a real-estate and economic development financing, government relations, community affairs, and marketing lead, and most recently as the CEO & Founder of Krimson by Kwame, his own luxury lifestyle brand of executive neckwear distributed in 150 US markets with national retail partners Macy's, Dillard's, and JCPenney's department stores.  Business opportunities don't always come in neatly wrapped boxes, sometimes they are dressed in overalls and look like work.