[x]

CLIENT LOGIN: ADD SPEAKER TO FOLIO

Please enter your username and password below to add this speaker to your folio.


Tabs
Multi-award winning entrepreneur Zoe Jackson MBE, is proof that a young person with passion and determination can move mountains. At age 16, she launched a performing arts company for young people run by young people. Since then she's grown her organization - Living the Dream - into a flourishing dance company, media company, performing arts school, and charity that has enabled thousands of disadvantaged youth to cultivate their talent and make positive contributions to society.

Zoe had virtually no money nor "connections" when she started her business, but she did have a love of dance, a vibrant personality, and a commitment to get things done. Her ability to bring young people together and her smart networking skills gained her the support and advice of the late genius Alan Rickman, the business saavy James Caan, and the legendary Sir Richard Branson.

In 2015, she received one of the first ever Queen's Young Leader Awards and the prestigious MBE award (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles, due to the opportunities and platform she has created for her generation and the next.

Zoe is passionate about championing young talent, creating affordable access to the arts and empowering young people to live their dreams. Through the arts, she tirelessly campaigns to raise awareness and support for the challenges facing young people, to provide a platform for their voices to be heard and promote the positive contribution they can make.

Full Profile

Multi-award winning entrepreneur Zoe Jackson MBE, set up the Living the Dream Performing Arts Company at the age of 16 in 2006 to inspire young people and to subsidise her own performing arts education.

Over the last nine years, Living the Dream has grown to include a school of performing arts, a professional dance company and a charity, the Dream Foundation.

Zoe is passionate about championing young talent, creating access to the arts, entertaining audiences and inspiring young people to live their dreams. Through the arts and enterprise, she campaigns to raise awareness and support for the challenges facing young people. Through the arts and enterprise, she campaigns to raise awareness and support for the challenges facing young people. Zoe’s strength as a leader and an inspiring role model is in her passion for engaging and empowering young people.

In June 2015, she was awarded Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE), for services to young entrepreneurs and the performing arts, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List which was presented to her by Prince William at Windsor Castle in December 2015.

Last year Zoe also 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.

Zoe 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.

Zoe is in demand as a motivational speaker who has inspired audiences from the education and the corporate world with her story.


Zoe Jackson MBE Speaker Videos Back to top

Zoe Jackson, MBE: Demo and Speech Excerpt


Entrepreneur Zoe Jackson shares the incredible story of how a fundraising idea turned into a thriving performing arts company at a time when the government cut resources for the arts. She describes how she overcame financial and health obstacles to lead a determined team to the creation of an explosive professional dance company, school of performing arts, talent agency and charitable foundation run by young people for young people.

Her greatest asset throughout the ups and downs was her belief in herself and the sense of purpose that drove her to continue trying to actively seek out funding and support. “The belief that you have in yourself and your idea or your business is the most precious thing that you’ve got and it will make people remember you,” Zoe states.

Zoe Jackson, MBE: Living the Dream Team Building Danceshops


Zoe Jackson, MBE: MADE Festival for Richard Branson’s Control Shift Campaign



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Zoe Jackson’s vibrant presence and heart-warming story widens audiences’ perspective and creativity. She’s been wildly received by student and senior leadership audiences alike as she shares the powerful advice and principles that got her through the ups and downs of her extraordinary journey from talented teen with a dream to performing arts tycoon who is influencing thousands of young people.

Zoe speaks about enterprise, arts and education with topics including:
  • The Disruptive Entrepreneur
  • Live Your Dreams
  • Young People are the Future
  • Creativity in a Corporate World
  • How to Stand Out and Get Noticed
  • Tips for Start-up Businesses


  • Zoe Jackson MBE Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    “Zoe is an example of a truly successful female entrepreneur to whom I to give my full support and endorsement. Zoe, like me, started her business age 16 and has impressed me with her commitment to doing good and making a difference, whilst building Living the Dream. Her contribution to young entrepreneurs has been outstanding. Zoe became involved with my Control Shift campaign and helped enormously in persuading the Government to launch the Start Up Loans scheme. I am proud she acts as an ambassador for Virgin Media Pioneers to inspire young entrepreneurs and she recently helped me to launch Virgin Start Up. I have been impressed by her professionalism and her vision for the future of young people. We need more to see more young people like Zoe becoming successful entrepreneurs.”
    - Sir Richard Branson, Virgin

    “One of Britain’s brightest young business brains.”
    - The Independent on Sunday

    “In Britain, Jackson has become a poster girl for female entrepreneurship”
    – The Sunday Times Magazine

    “Zoe came to visit the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students as a guest speaker. She shared her experiences about how she set up Living the Dream, her ups and downs and how she is moving the company forward. She was an inspiration to our students, her hard work and determination shone through her honest and heart-warming story. Zoe’s passion to succeed and make a difference is her star quality and she is a true self-made entrepreneur. It was a pleasure to meet Zoe and I look forward to working with her again and hopefully having her back to inspire more students.”
    – Kate Angel, Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Solihull

    “Zoe Jackson comes across with her vibrant personality, entrepreneurial spirit and determination to succeed. Zoe has a strong commitment to inspiring and developing young people. She is a tremendous role model and a highly engaging motivational speaker. She gave an extremely well received speech to parents and students at our Sixth Form presentation evening this year. If you have the opportunity to have Zoe speak to any group of young people about her experiences and the attributes needed to be successful in life, I would strongly recommend you take it.”
    – Paul de Kort, Head of Sixth Form, Beaumont School

    “Vodafone has involved Living the Dream in an on-going leadership development programme with our senior leaders. Zoe Jackson designed a key part of the programme to include Living the Dream performing and entertaining the participants and delivering a practical street dance session, teaching all participants a dance routine. The sessions culminate in Zoe Jackson telling the inspirational background story of how she established Living the Dream at the age of sixteen. The aim of this has been for the participants to widen aspirations and entrepreneurial thinking. Zoe and Living the Dream are a pleasure to work with, they are extremely professional and fun, and the workshop leaders are vibrant and energetic. The sessions have made a significant impact on all of our participants, who have responded extremely positively about their experience.”
    - Debi Basu, The Vodafone Way Programme Leader




    * Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.

    Share

    • Share on Twitter
    • Share on LinkedIn
    • Share on Facebook
    • Share on Google Plus

    Top25 Speaker Voting

    Zoe Jackson MBE needs 20 vote(s) to make it into the Top 25 speakers on Speaking.com!


    Speaker Booking Tip

    “Tip: find a speaker in your local area to save on travel costs. Most speakers will also reduce their keynote fee for local events. ”

    For Event Planners



    Keynote Speaker Booking Toolkit.
    Booking a Celebrity Speaker.
    How to Find and Book the Right Speaker.
    Google+ Event Planning Forum.
    Tips for International Clients Booking U.S. Based Speakers.


    Similar Speakers

    • Joy Harjo Throughout her lengthy career, legendary poet, author, and musician Joy Harjo has broken many barriers to become one of the first female indigenous voices to…
    • Steve Uzzell Steve Uzzell is one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the world. His 30 years of experience began with National Geographic, where he…
    • Michel Lauziere “Master of Unusual comedy”, Michel Lauziere combines his talents as an inventor, showman, musician, and polyglot to dazzle audiences around the world. His bizarre visual…

    SPEAKING.com Testimonials

    Auburn University

    Once again our agent did an outstanding job. Not only did he provide me with a number of options for potential speakers but he helped with seeing who was available, when they could speak, and getting everything done in a timely fashion. I look forward to working with him again.

    Auburn University



    About SPEAKING.com

    Established in 1994, we are exclusive agents for some of the world's leading experts, celebrities and professional speakers.

    We offer event planners a fully staffed speaker logistics planning team, plus a personal SPEAKING.com Account Executive – a knowledgeable and trustworthy partner. We guarantee your satisfaction with your speaker and a smooth booking process.

    Contact us today to book your favorite speaker.



    “Zoe is an example of a truly successful female entrepreneur to whom I to give my full support and endorsement. Zoe, like me, started her business age 16 and has impressed me with her commitment to doing good and making a difference, whilst building Living the Dream. Her contribution to young entrepreneurs has been outstanding. Zoe became involved with my Control Shift campaign and helped enormously in persuading the Government to launch the Start Up Loans scheme. I am proud she acts as an ambassador for Virgin Media Pioneers to inspire young entrepreneurs and she recently helped me to launch Virgin Start Up. I have been impressed by her professionalism and her vision for the future of young people. We need more to see more young people like Zoe becoming successful entrepreneurs.”
    - Sir Richard Branson, Virgin

    “One of Britain’s brightest young business brains.”
    - The Independent on Sunday

    “In Britain, Jackson has become a poster girl for female entrepreneurship”
    – The Sunday Times Magazine

    “Zoe came to visit the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy students as a guest speaker. She shared her experiences about how she set up Living the Dream, her ups and downs and how she is moving the company forward. She was an inspiration to our students, her hard work and determination shone through her honest and heart-warming story. Zoe’s passion to succeed and make a difference is her star quality and she is a true self-made entrepreneur. It was a pleasure to meet Zoe and I look forward to working with her again and hopefully having her back to inspire more students.”
    – Kate Angel, Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Solihull

    “Zoe Jackson comes across with her vibrant personality, entrepreneurial spirit and determination to succeed. Zoe has a strong commitment to inspiring and developing young people. She is a tremendous role model and a highly engaging motivational speaker. She gave an extremely well received speech to parents and students at our Sixth Form presentation evening this year. If you have the opportunity to have Zoe speak to any group of young people about her experiences and the attributes needed to be successful in life, I would strongly recommend you take it.”
    – Paul de Kort, Head of Sixth Form, Beaumont School

    “Vodafone has involved Living the Dream in an on-going leadership development programme with our senior leaders. Zoe Jackson designed a key part of the programme to include Living the Dream performing and entertaining the participants and delivering a practical street dance session, teaching all participants a dance routine. The sessions culminate in Zoe Jackson telling the inspirational background story of how she established Living the Dream at the age of sixteen. The aim of this has been for the participants to widen aspirations and entrepreneurial thinking. Zoe and Living the Dream are a pleasure to work with, they are extremely professional and fun, and the workshop leaders are vibrant and energetic. The sessions have made a significant impact on all of our participants, who have responded extremely positively about their experience.”
    - Debi Basu, The Vodafone Way Programme Leader


    Zoe speaks about enterprise, arts and education with topics including:
  • The Disruptive Entrepreneur
  • Live Your Dreams
  • Young People are the Future
  • Creativity in a Corporate World
  • How to Stand Out and Get Noticed
  • Tips for Start-up Businesses

  • Zoe Jackson, MBE: Demo and Speech Excerpt


    Entrepreneur Zoe Jackson shares the incredible story of how a fundraising idea turned into a thriving performing arts company at a time when the government cut resources for the arts. She describes how she overcame financial and health obstacles to lead a determined team to the creation of an explosive professional dance company, school of performing arts, talent agency and charitable foundation run by young people for young people.

    Her greatest asset throughout the ups and downs was her belief in herself and the sense of purpose that drove her to continue trying to actively seek out funding and support. “The belief that you have in yourself and your idea or your business is the most precious thing that you’ve got and it will make people remember you,” Zoe states.

    Zoe Jackson, MBE: Living the Dream Team Building Danceshops


    Zoe Jackson, MBE: MADE Festival for Richard Branson’s Control Shift Campaign