Zoe Jackson MBE set up the performing arts company Living The Dream at just 16, and now designs creative PR stunts as well as helping disadvantaged youngsters succeed. She is a Virgin Ambassador and has also been honoured by the Queen.
Starting a company at 16, Zoe knows a thing or two about business. Living The Dream is a professional dance company, school, foundation and talent agency who has worked on PR stunts, performances for the Queen, annual showcases and so much more. Not only is Zoe an extremely successful young businesswoman, she is also fully aware of the social responsibility that has remained a core value of all she does.
Her foundation helps young people achieve their dreams, as she has hers, whilst also showcasing their talent to a wide audience. As well as fostering young talent, Zoe is credited as an excellent Creative Director and has worked on PR campaigns for many big companies. Among her arsenal of creative tricks is the flash mob, using her dance company as the perfect tool to make a splash for a company.
Zoe received the first ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ recognising 60 young people across the Commonwealth who are making a difference in their communities which was presented to her by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. She has received numerous other awards including the Women of the Future in the Arts, Media and Culture award with Shell, was listed in Elle Magazine’s “Top 100 Inspiring Women” alongside Michelle Obama and Beyoncé and won the Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year with the Great British Entrepreneurs.
She has received the support and endorsement of Sir Richard Branson who she worked with to campaign for the Start Up Loans scheme, of which she is an ambassador for with James Caan.
Her incredible success at such a young age is down in some part to keeping the core values of her venture that she set out at the beginning, at the heart of all she has done since. Zoe is a fantastic speaker with the eloquence and experience to put passion behind such topics as start-ups, creative thinking and education. Zoe is in demand as a motivational speaker who has inspired audiences from the education and the corporate world with her story.
Zoe is an example of a truly successful female entrepreneur to whom I give my full support and endorsement. She has impressed me with her commitment to doing good and making a difference, whilst building Living the Dream.
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