Mannie Jackson

  • Born in Illmo, Missouri
  • Hometown: Edwardsville, Illinois
  • Twice selected into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Fame 2002-2017
  • Graduate of the University of Illinois, attended Wharton, Bradley University as selected National Science Fellow, Executive Masters from University of Detroit
  • Selected Illinois High School “Prep Player of the Year”
  • Jersey retired, 2-time All-Big Ten, former captain of the University of Illinois basketball team
  • NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Student/Athlete Award Honoree
  • Voted Top 20 African-American Corporate Executive by “Black Enterprise”
  • Co-founder and Chairman of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities (MJCHF)
  • Founder, University of Illinois I-LEAP Program
  • Served on Six Fortune 500 Board of Directors
  • Served as Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Executive VP of Honeywell and Worldwide Corporate Officer (25 years retired)
  • Former player/owner of the Harlem Globetrotters
  • Philanthropic efforts of $25-30 Million
  • Producer of three documentaries
  • Author of award-winning autobiography, “Boxcar to Boardrooms”
I’m not a writer, but as a leader, I’ve managed to influence good results by communicating and solving complex problems. In 2012, I decided to write my autobiography - entitled Boxcars to Boardrooms and the first book signing was held in my hometown attended by 100 plus people who turned...
When I was a 21-year-old Harlem Globetrotter traveling through then communist-Poland (inside the so-called Iron curtain) – I would frequently be asked by students my age, “what I found so great about the racist and corrupt USA? I would innocently answer “hope” as the core o...
The plan was to create a contemporary awareness of the team’s legacy and remind current generations of the stupidity of discrimination. It’s hard to imagine there was a time when Black players were barred from the NBA; until the late fifties and early sixties an unspoken quota system...
Mannie Jackson retired from Honeywell, Inc. as Corporate Officer and Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Central Services. Jackson was among the twelve highest paid executives with 24 years of distinguished service after leading strategic aspects of corporate life at Honeywell, i.e.,...
I have been blessed to have developed wealth and power within a country and region where people who looked and talked like me were rarely accepted, always marginalized, and as a rule treated unfairly. I successfully worked and operated for many years inside the power structure. while being marginalized...
According to The NY Times and other sources, COVID statistics have surged to over 100,000 hospitalizations. The USA has 13 million people plus infected with the virus and is closing in on nearly 300,000 deaths of men, women and children! The COVID-19 virus is absolutely no hoax; it is deadly. Those...
Last week I surrendered to the sense that an entire world is dissolving underneath our feet –Leadership, structure and institutions crumbling, authorities corrupted, faith in the whole human experiment evaporating. I said out loud, for many to hear, “this could well be the end of times...
When I was a 21-year-old Harlem Globetrotter traveling through then communist-Poland (inside the so-called Iron curtain) – I would frequently be asked by students my age, “what I found so great about the racist and corrupt USA? I would innocently answer “hope” as the core...
If we were all college students majoring in Leadership Studies, ESPN’s “The Last Dance” would have to be part of the core curriculum. This two-hour weekly class provided countless lessons on everything from communication to conflict, veracity to victory. It has given us soundbites...
It’s been a very interesting couple of weeks in professional basketball. Not surprisingly, the sports world has joined the global demand for social justice. The people of America have made high school, college, AAU and professional sports a multibillion-dollar craze in virtually every corner...
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