Jackie Edwards is a 5-Time Olympian in the sport of Track and Field. Representing The Bahamas, she competed in the Long Jump and was ranked as high as 5th in the World. She attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA on a full athletic scholarship and graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology. She then earned a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA.
Jackie enjoyed a very long and successful 17 year career as a professional track and field athlete. She is a 2-Time NCAA Champion and was a 5-time All-American while at Stanford. She set the school record in the long jump, which still stands. She competed in a record nine consecutive outdoor World Championships and in 2008, Jackie was one of 7 people inducted into Stanford University’s prestigious Athletic Hall of Fame. She was also a two-term member of Stanford’s Athletic Advisory Board from 2004-2008.
For seven years, Jackie was a Certified personal trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and had a flourishing coaching/personal training business in Los Angeles. She worked with a wide range of clients from middle and high school aged kids to adults and professional athletes as a coach, a trainer and a Sport Psychology Consultant.
In 2016, Jackie decided to take on a new challenge and transition into the very competitive field of event planning. She had always has a passion for creating beautiful spaces and memorable events but with no formal training in this industry, it was no easy task. However, her years of overcoming obstacles and rising to the occasion, along with her “if it’s hard, let me try it” attitude, helped her to set her sights on her new goal. Her journey began in interior design and has progressed into a career where her feet are firmly planted as the Project and Special Events Coordinator in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at California State University, Northridge where she truly feels that the sky is the limit.
Recently, while working from home due to the pandemic and as a result of there being fewer events to work on at the University, Jackie was spurred to add to her portfolio by creating a full-service home staging business, Gold Medal Home Staging & Design. She launched her company in late October and has already completed almost 30 projects. She says that her work at CSUN is her job and her staging business is her joy and the combination of the two is extremely fulfilling. You can see some of her work at www.goldmedalhsd.com.
Jackie is a very powerful motivational speaker who has spoken all over the world to a wide variety of audiences. She engages her audiences by relating life lessons through her athletic experiences. She is a health and fitness expert, a successful event planner, home stager and a mental health advocate who believes that the best way to promote anything is to first believe it and then lead by example.
Never one to settle for the status quo and always looking to learn, Jackie recently completed an online course at Harvard University - Women in History: 10 Objects, Many Stories. She continues to strive to inform herself of the way women have impacted the world and influenced society, to expand her awareness and to take on new challenges.
One of her favorite quotes is “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those of us who are doing it!” Jackie has traveled to over 50 countries, speaks French and plays the piano. She is married to Dr. Ross Flowers. They have 3 boys – Anthony (16), Ayden (13) and Christian (11) and they live in Los Angeles.
August 17th, 2021 | 1 hr 12 mins
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