Author of Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love and Success and ESSENCE Senior Editor
Charreah K. Jackson is an international speaker, coach and ESSENCE Senior Editor, empowering the brand’s global audience of 13 million. Her informed point-of-view has been featured on CNN, The CW, ABC News, Fortune and TIME. Charreah is the author of Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love & Success.
As a certified family life educator and coach, Charreah speaks on tapping into our personal power for success including the Europe Dating Awards & Conference in Amsterdam, MegaFest and the Omega Institute’s Women and Power Conference headlined by Gloria Steinem. She provides workshops, corporate seminars and speeches and has served as a guest professor at her alma mater Howard University and the Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World. She has been a career coach and facilitator for Dress for Success, Uber and other clients. She is a board member for the Red Pump Project and was featured in the CDC’s national HIV testing campaign The National Association of Professional Women named her a Woman of the Year.
Charreah has traveled the globe sharing a message of connection including events in London and Amsterdam. She earned a Hearst Award in journalism and has interviewed newsmakers such as Vice President Joe Biden, Kerry Washington and Hillary Clinton.
Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
For much of my life I ran from one thing: heartbreak. I had seen the debilitating impact divorce could leave on a woman, which led to an intrigue in relationships. I’ve spent more than a decade researching and writing about how we date and mate and traveled the world speaking on healthy relationships. On the same day I got the contract to write my first book Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love & Success, I left a long relationship with a man I thought I would marry. My biggest triumph and my biggest fear collided in one summer day. It was one of best gifts as I started from scratch to take the staring role in my own love story. I discover the remedy for heartache as I fell madly truly deeply in love with my own self – and attracted an amazing soul mate in the process. Our hearts are way more resilient than we think.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would show up at my Howard University dorm room and say: “Get dressed! The entire world is your playground with extraordinary people for you to meet. ” I am grateful I had a strong work ethic from a young age. What I could have added along the way is more fun and expanded my love & success squad sooner. If you need a reminder about why you should prioritize your relationships and meeting new people, remember how Meghan Markle met Prince Harry – through mutual friends.
Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
The women in my family are definitely the shoulders I stand on. My mother Cynthia, my grandmothers Naomi and Myrtha and my grandmother Katie, who I got my middle name from, all model to me strength and grace. They stood tall through everything life brought their way. I have no excuses not to be bold when they cleared a path for me.
If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
Relationships are the foundation of life. Love is the only weapon you ever need.
How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
My assignment on this planet is to sprinkle love everywhere I go and to be a contagion of connection.