DBT40 Honoree: Jami Jackson
Workplace: gingham + grace clothing
When Jami Jackson was furloughed as an events coordinator at Delaware Technical Community College last year, she knew it was time for a major career pivot.
She had two decades of managing more than 100 employees and three high-sales stores under her belt. She also loved fashion – had studied it in college and even worked with clothing designer Betsey Johnson. Jackson looked at her online women’s clothing business, gingham + grace, which she’d been running on the side since 2018, and made a calculated leap: She opened a 1,500-square-foot showroom boutique in the middle of a pandemic, making gingham + grace her full-time job.
As the owner and sole employee, Jackson oversees all operations for gingham + grace, from styling merchandise for model shoots to mailing out customer purchases. She got creative in her selling strategy during the pandemic, becoming more digitally focused while also offering private shopping events at the Harbeson showroom and adding more loungewear and professional tops (for employees meeting on Zoom) to her inventory.
Jackson’s passion is in empowering women, from collaborating with female business owners to helping customers build confidence and discover their style. She’s also been a Big Sister to her Little Sis for eight years. As the wife of a Delaware state trooper, Jackson mentors the significant others of law enforcement officers while they’re in the police academy. She also helped coordinate a fundraiser that raised $23,000 to pay for the medical bills of a local woman with breast cancer.
Jackson has two identical twin sons with her husband. Her family loves fishing, being outside and planting gardens. You can find them driving on the beach or on a “Family Feud” rerun (they appeared on the show in 2016). On top of her clothing business, Jackson is the proud owner of 200 pairs of shoes.