Training Showcases: Speakers

Jessica Jackson, Attorney

Jessica Lynn Jackson is a licensed employment attorney, qualified neutral (mediator), experienced Circle Keeper and trainer. Ms. Jackson has previously presented at department showcases on How to Handle a Sexual Harassment Complaint.

Jessica Jackson

Jessica Lynn Jackson is a licensed employment attorney, qualified neutral (mediator), experienced Circle Keeper and trainer. Having served as a partner in a "downtown" law firm, Jackson has worked with Fortune 500 companies, large public sector employers, higher education institutions, charter schools, and non-profit organizations to resolve a range of employment law matters with an eye toward assisting clients to proactively minimize risk and prevent litigation. She specializes in handling complex discrimination and harassment investigations and sensitive or high profile executive-level employment issues. Jackson conducts climate assessments and human resource audits and advises clients on diversity matters including race, culture, gender and national origin issues in the workplace. She also has significant experience in developing and delivering interactive and multimedia training for clients on a range of employment issues.

Trained in the ways of Circle over ten years ago by First Nation leaders from Canada who have used the process in the criminal justice system and a variety of other venues internationally, Jackson is one of the original members of the first Peacemaking Circle initiative in the nation that responded to child protection issues within Hennepin County, Minnesota. Jackson is President of Cirlutions LLC, (which stands for Circle solutions), a consulting firm that partners with corporate, non-profit, educational, community and faith-based clients to creatively address complex contemporary human dilemmas through the ancient wisdom of Circle. Jackson has facilitated countless Circle dialogues and has developed comprehensive and individualized programs on how to infuse Circle into various organizations in a way that improves communication, effectively resolves conflict, and builds community.

A former adjunct in General College and Associate to the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Minnesota, she created and coordinated Race Circle – an educational, community building and train-the-trainer Circle initiative on identifying white privilege and undoing individual and institutional racism. Jackson currently teaches a course on Circle and traditional mediation at Bethel University as a part of the Reconciliation major/minor program in the Anthropology and Sociology Department. Jackson serves as a volunteer mediator for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, board member for the YWCA of Minneapolis and Chair of the YWCA’s “It’s Time to Talk” Annual Forum on Race. She is a former Talking Circle 2 Facilitator for the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Race exhibit.

Jackson supports her husband, Pastor Timothy Jackson, as Co-Pastor and Administrator of New Living Way Christian Center (NLWCC), a multicultural non-denominational church in south Minneapolis.