Ronna-Renee Jackson: A Trefoil Society Luncheon Honoree
When a girl becomes a Girl Scout, she receives a pin in the shape of a Trefoil, symbolizing her acceptance of the ethical leadership values she will learn. Members of the Trefoil Society commit to support Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians through generous annual financial support, so girls can discover their leadership potential and take action in their communities. Each year, three Trefoil Society Luncheons are held in our Council to honor women who exemplify what it means to be a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker and Leader). This year, all the luncheons will be held virtually. For the south-area virtual luncheon taking place on Sept. 22, Ronna-Renee Jackson is the honoree.
Throughout her life, Ronna-Renee has served her community in a number of ways. She’s co-authored a mentor training program and while living in Chattanooga, taught mentoring classes with Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute. She led Mighty-Brilliant-Determined, a community wide girls entrepreneur program headquartered at Girls Preparatory School. She served on the board of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at UTC, the Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Hospital Foundation, La Paz Chattanooga, was a three time member of the United Way’s campaign cabinet, and was a member of Chattanooga Rotary where she also served as Sargent at Arms.
After her move to Memphis, she re-joined the state-wide steering committee for Million Women Mentor, which is a movement to attract and mentor girls in STEM. Ronna-Renee has served on the board for Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians.
Along with her husband, Jeff, Ronna-Renee has chaired countless fundraising events for organizations across Chattanooga including PINK!, benefitting the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Centers at Memorial Hospital, AMUSEUM, benefitting Creative Discovery Museum, and SPECTRUM, benefitting Hunter Museum of American Art. She has been honored by the Junior League of Chattanooga as “sustainer of the year” and recognized as a Chattanooga Woman of Distinction. She was a finalist for the Athena Award which recognizes outstanding women in business.
Ronna-Renee participated in Girl Scouts growing up, starting in first grade. She says, “Back in my day, we wore cute little uniforms, with socks and little hats. Everyone wanted to wear their Brownie uniforms!” Her family moved often when she was young, and Girl Scouting was a great way for her to connect with a new community. Ronna-Renee has very fond memories of Girl Scout camp: singing campfire songs, doing meal prep, and learning to cook over a fire. She stayed an active Girl Scout through ninth grade and is now a lifetime member. Her own daughter is now a Cadette Girl Scout and is looking forward to working on her Silver Award.
Ronna-Renee says of the impact that Girl Scouts has had on her life, “I’ve been able to learn about and practice things that I otherwise may not have had the opportunity to do. It has given me confidence. To be an effective corporate leader you have to have confidence; in Girl Scouts you can practice being a leader and then build upon that experience as you go.” Leadership plays a big role in Ronna-Renee’s life. In addition to the leadership roles she’s taken on in her professional life, she also has the leadership role of being a mom to her son and daughter. It’s her kids that inspire her to make the world a better place. She says, “having kids makes one look outside of themselves.” She says she feels, “responsible to make wherever I am better.” This mindset leads her to encourage her whole family to be involved in community betterment.
When she’s not serving her community, Ronna-Renee enjoys playing golfing, cooking, and reading. Her favorite Girl Scout Cookies are Do-si-dos.
The south-area Trefoil Society Virtual Luncheon takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 22, via the online platform Zoom from 11:30am-12:15pm. Register online today! If you are interested in hosting a virtual table at this event, please contact us at Philanthropy@girlscoutcsa.org or 1-800-474-1912 x2007. If you are unable to participate in this event, but would like to give a gift in honor of an honoree, please donate online or send a check to our office: Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians, 1567 Downtown West Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37919.