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What brought Project Manager and Instructional Designer Esther Jackson, Ed.D., to Innovative Learning Group?
“I was intrigued to work with a team of professionals who are recognized in their fields and who are driven to perform,” she says. “I know that with its strong leadership, ILG has an inspiring and empowering culture and being part of this team is another step on my path of success.”
Esther joined ILG after spending 20 years working for the City of Detroit as a project manager and instructional designer for a variety of human resources and information technology projects. She worked across all phases of the instructional design process, including conducting needs assessments, designing and facilitating technical and soft-skills courses, and evaluating instructor-led and e-learning courses. Among her accomplishments were implementation of a year-long employee engagement plan and planning and managing the city’s flagship annual professional development conference for five years.
Esther is passionate about sharing knowledge and skill development through her volunteer work at Child Safe Michigan and at Henry Ford Health Systems, as well as her involvement with a variety of professional associations. Esther is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and is serving as a National Advisor for Chapters. She also is a member of ATD Detroit and is serving her final term on the board of directors as past-president. Esther previously served as president (2019) and president-elect (2018). She led ATD Detroit to many accomplishments during board terms, including being recognized as a July 2019 Chapter of the Month and 2018 Champion of Learning. Esther also had an article published in the November 2019 edition of TD magazine and was a recipient of a 2018 ATD Scholarship.
Other professional associations that Esther maintains membership in are the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR),the Michigan Chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement, and the Detroit Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management.
She has presented at a variety of conferences, including the Midwest Regional Conference, NAAAHR State of Michigan Midwest Conference, the ATD Chapter Leaders Conference, Training 2019 Conference, and the City of Detroit Administrative Professionals Conference.
Esther earned a doctorate of education from Walden University in Minneapolis. She also has a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree in education from Wayne State University in Detroit.