Racing Toward Diversity magazine showcases the best diversity efforts and initiatives being made today. Written with business and educational audiences in mind. Stories highlight messages from influential leaders and their organizations. With our concentration on driving strong relevant content through global social media platforms our quarterly magazine, daily newspaper and blog reaches over 3.5 million readers, via Twitter (@fleejack and @race2diversity) Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Approximately (30%) of our subscribers/followers have been self described from the following industries (8%) Information Technology and Services, (7%) Marketing and Advertising, (6%) Human Resources, (5%) Staffing and Recruiting and (4%) Financial Services. Our Founder and CEO, Fields Jackson @fleejack (Twitter) has been recently recognized by Working Mother Magazine as one of Five Diversity Thought Leaders You Should be Following on Twitter http://tinyurl.com/3mkfzbd and Fields has a diversity score of 88 @Wefollow, a directory of prominent people organized by interest http://bit.ly/YdvEcX. Fields has also been named a Top 1% influencer with and Elite @Kred Score of 851!
Fields Jackson - Founder & CEO
Fields Jackson, Jr. is currently the Founder and CEO of Racing Toward Diversity Magazine, Cary, NC and an adjunct professor, teaching Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing, at Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois.
From 1994 to 2011 Fields served as president of Charles Fields, Inc, Cary, NC. Charles Fields, Inc provided art work, lithographs, posters and premium items to colleges, universities and corporations.
Jackson is currently working with HiTekPos, Raleigh, North Carolina (www.hi-tekpos.com) and eyeMe, Houston Texas (www.eyeME.com) as a marketing consultant and advisor and has jouned the board of United Athletes Foundation, Atlanta, Ga (http://bit.ly/113ORwY). From 1998 to 2001 Jackson served on the Executive Board of Advisors for Oklahoma Sooners Illustrated Magazine. Jackson was appointed in 1998 to 2000 to the Davidson County, North Carolina Board of Commissions Workforce Development. From 1995 to 1998 Jackson served as secretary of the Board of Directors, American Diabetes Association, North Carolina Affiliate. From 1980 to 1982 he served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers, Erie, PA, and Family Services Inc.
The people have spoken...and thanks to their support, Fields Jackson was recognized as a Community Choice Honoree by the "2012 Small Business Influencer Awards" produced by Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology http://bit.ly/Nwn9p3 Fields has been named a Top 1% Influencer with and Elite @Kred Score of 857. Visa Small Business featured Fields for the month of February as a diversity expert, sharing advice on thinking outside the box. http://on.fb.me/11uB8CY
Recently awarded a gold badge as a 1% Elite influencer @Kred
Fields received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA. Fields received his MBA Degree from Northern Illinois.
I grew up in the Carolinas and graduated from high school in Monroe, N.C., where the trial in Blest Be The Tie That Binds takes place. I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a bachelor of arts in religion in 1975 and earned a Master of Theological Studies from Trinity Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
From 1981 to 1993, I was a reporter for The Charlotte Observer assigned to the Monroe Bureau, covering government, politics, business, religion, and human interest stories. I had a weekly column covering agriculture in the Carolinas and twice received the N.C. Farm Bureau’s writing award. I lived in Union County, married and had six children during those years, becoming familiar with the County’s history, culture and rhythms of life. Among other things, my articles led to the changing of a creek’s official name from Niggerhead to Salem. When the 1886 County Courthouse (the site of the trial) was restored in 1986, I wrote a self-guided tour of the building for the historical society.
From August 1993 to December 2007, I taught at Trinity School at Greenlawn in South Bend, Ind., a private nonsectarian school that has three times received the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon for Excellence in Education. I was director of the writing program for the school, grades seven through twelve, and taught, among other things, British and American literature (including Twain, Sinclair, Dickens, Tolkien, Cather, Hemingway an Harper Lee). I regularly led senior colloquia on topics such as mythic imagination and historiography. I continued to write extensively, freelancing 300 to 400 stories a year for the South Bend Tribune. In January 2008, I returned to full-time writing as a freelance and a principle in Write Smack Dab LLC, a group I formed with my son and a former teaching colleague. I have written books, including the history of the LOGAN center for the people with developmental disabilities in South Bend and privately-published family legacy books, as well as journalistic articles, book chapters, websites and press releases.
Natalie Davis Miller
In addition to writing for Racing Toward Diversity, Miller is a monthly columnist for IN Michiana magazine. She has had articles published in the Indianapolis Star, NUVO Newsweekly, the South Bend Tribune, Literally (Writers’ Center of Indiana) POWER, The Bend, Home and Style, Total Body, Northern Indiana Wedding Day, Southwest Michigan Wedding Day, Prom Night, IN Michiana, Inside Granger, and Courier (Saint Mary’s College). Additionally, she has written trivia questions for Mattel, articles for the Web, and numerous marketing pieces. In 2003 she was the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.
Prior to her writing career, Miller spent 15 years in law enforcement, as a police officer, and as a law enforcement coordinator and victim witness specialist for the Department of Justice. She was also a writer and reviewer of Federal grants.
Miller has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University. In addition to freelance writing and her volunteer activities, she is also an adjunct instructor of English and psychology courses at a local community college.
Miller says, “I believe that writing is my gift from God. I also believe it is my responsibility to hone these skills as a writer, and I want to be the best writer that I can be.”
Cheryl Jackson is a freelance correspondent who has worked for CNN, PBS and Racing Towards Diversity magazine.
Highlights of her work for CNN include coverage of the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal, where the bodies of many African-Americans were ripped from their graves, left in piles and their graves resold. Also, for CNN, the hour-by-hour live coverage of the Christmas Day “underwear bomber.” She is very proud of the project, “For Colored Girls” she produced for PBS.
Cheryl interviewed both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as they campaigned in 2008.
Cheryl is a contributing writer for Racing Towards Diversity magazine and has written numerous profiles and features, including a story analyzing the role of race and poverty in collecting data for the U.S. Census.
She is also a visiting professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and has taught newspaper writing and broadcast classes at Indiana University and DePaul University.
Cheryl Jackson started her journalism career as a feature’s reporter and newspaper diversity columnist. She wrote her column, "It Takes All Kinds" for the Columbus Republic for more than a decade. The content of the column was designed to promote understanding through diversity writing on race and culture in a positive way.
Her first job in television was as a convergence reporter, working for both WSBT/TV and the newspaper, the South Bend Tribune. She did a live report for WSBT five days a week and then flipped many of those stories into print for the Tribune. She often shot the photos that accompanied the print piece. She continued her broadcast career at WRTV in Indianapolis before moving to Chicago to freelance for CNN.
As founder of NIARA Consulting, a full service marketing and business development company, Jodi utilizes her more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors to consult for individuals, nonprofits, small businesses and corporations, as well as offer career and college coaching for youth and professionals.
Her work runs the gamut because of her years of experience and her ability to connect with people from various walks of life. Some of her most recent work includes her partnership with Women in the Boardroom, an executive leadership event designed to assist women in the preparation of board service and 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit that finances, teaches and mentors entrepreneurs who would otherwise not have access to startup capital, first-class knowledge or a professional network.
With a passion for diversity and educating young women, Jodi as been featured in books that showcase her myriad skills in networking and branding. She is a featured author for “Sister to Sister A Guide for African American Girls,” where she penned a chapter titled The Power of Your Social Network and Brand. She has also been featured in “Leading from the Middle—Conversations with Successful Middle Managers,” and “CRAVE NYC—The Urban Girl’s Manifesto.”
She is not only a leader and a master connector, Jodi is a well sought after speaker, who has given networking and social media presentations to the New York State Bar Association, presented on Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility to a business class at Baruch College, and talked to the Junior League of Westchester-on-Hudson about networking, to name a few.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, as the Vice President of the Center of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management, Jodi was the Director of Alumni Affairs at the National Urban Fellows, Inc., where she was responsible for social media, fundraising, strategic planning, and executing special events. She is a Class of 2000 graduate of the National Urban Fellows. Jodi was Director of Corporate Relations at the New York Urban League Inc., and served as a senior consultant to California State Senator Kevin Murray.
Recently recognized by NV Magazine as a 2011 Mover & Shaker, Jodi has also been featured on the cover of The Network Journal, as one of the magazine’s 2004 “40 Under Forty.” She has also been recognized by the National Urban League as an Urban Influencer, is a 2010 Young Gifted & Black Entrepreneur honoree and a 2010-2011 America’s Leader of Change fellow, a National Urban Fellows program in partnership with Wal-Mart. She was also featured in the online magazine, People You Need to Know (PYNTK), as a woman who excels in business.
Additionally, Jodi is a blogger for the BOSS Network, AwakenYourCareerpreneur.com and NVmagazine.com, where she talks about various topics pertaining to social networking, branding, and the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
Jodi earned Master’s degrees from the University of Southern California in Social Work; from Baruch College in Public Affairs; and from the Hunter College School of Education. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA.