Jacqueline Davis-Gilmore, LSC-North Harris speak professor, Lone Star College-North Harris speech professor, is a 2008 recipient of the National Women of Achievement, Incorporated Profiles of Prominence Award. The award’s purpose is to honor men, women and youth who have given outstanding service in a specific area or achieved in their field of expertise. The awards luncheon will take place Saturday, April, 26 at the Airport Hobby Hilton Hotel.
A native-born Houstonian, Davis-Gilmore attended HISD public schools. She credits her mother, JoAnn Davis, a single parent and nurse for 15 years at M.D. Anderson Hospital, for raising, teaching and supporting her throughout her academic life. “My mother worked two and sometimes three jobs to make sure I had a decent education and always encouraged me to go as far as I could with my education,” says Davis-Gilmore. “This award is really for her more than me.”
Davis-Gilmore has been teaching at Lone Star College-North Harris for six years and teaches business and professional speaking courses including Public Speaking, Introduction to Speech, and Interpersonal Communication.
She is also founder and president of Jolan Communications, which specializes in working with disadvantaged young girls and their mothers by assisting them with effective communication skills, résumé and interview skills, interpersonal dynamics, career development, conflict and anger management skills and speech preparation.
“My mother was a stalwart and very instrumental in my life making sure I knew that I could go to college and encouraging me to accept and believe nothing less. Additionally, I had teachers from elementary through college who encouraged me, stayed on me and opened doors for me that I never dreamed could be opened. I have been blessed and afforded an opportunity to reach out and help others as I was helped along the way, I am just giving back,” says Davis-Gilmore.
Davis-Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from Prairie View A&M University, Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Texas Southern University, Certificate of Achievement from Rice University/Leadership Rice for Professionals, and the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Houston.
She currently serves as board member and vice-president of Real Urban Ministries and as director of the organization’s Women’s Division. She is a Board Certified Anger Therapist (CAT) and Certified Volunteer Ombudsman for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services for the State of Texas. Additionally, she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., currently in Leadership Houston Class XXVI Flagship Program, a member of The National Career Development Association, and has served as a professional business presenter for City Wide Club of America’s Annual Career and Job Fair at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Davis-Gilmore is actively working on two books to be released later this year.
According to NWOA member Stephanie McNeil, “Jacqueline was selected because of her compassion, intelligence, enthusiasm, professionalism and leadership skills exerted by helping disadvantaged, at-risk young girls, college students - men and or women who are trying to get back in the workforce and or go to college and complete college. No doubt her professional collegiate experience of teaching speech communication for more than 15 years speaks to her expertise, dedication and tireless efforts of wanting to help people, particularly females. In addition, her establishment of her own company, Jolan Communications, community service involvement and outreach is impeccably outstanding and worthy of the highest recognition.”
The National Women of Achievement, Incorporated is a national non-profit professional organization whose main thrust is youth, status of women and senior citizens. Proceeds from the event will go to The Scholarship Fund for the National Youth Achievers-Houston Chapter and the Houston Community.
For more information about the National Women of Achievement, visit the organization’s Web site at www.nationalwomenofachievement.org.
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Blvd., one-half mile south of FM 1960 E, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including CyFair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and Lone Star College-University Center. It is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.
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