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Jackie Acho

Jackie is President of The Acho Group, a strategy and leadership consulting firm. Prior to founding The Acho Group in 2005, she was a Partner in the Midwest Complex of McKinsey & Company. She has worked for technology, industrial, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus on growth and innovation, strategy, and leadership development for more than 18 years. Jackie received her master's degree and Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in chemistry with highest honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jackie was named one of the “top 40 under 40” by Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine and “one of the 500 most influential women in Northeast Ohio” by Northern Ohio Live magazine. She currently serves on the Boards of Jumpstart, Inc. and the Technology Commercialization Steering Committee of Case Western Reserve University. Jackie has taught “Finance in the Real World” in the Masters of Finance Program at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and is blogging about a theme emerging from her work on innovation at http://currencyofempathy.wordpress.com/ . She has served on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the Advisory Boards for Industrial Transport, Inc., the Northeast Ohio Technology Council, and the Generation Foundation of Cleveland. Jackie lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband, John LeMay, and their two children, Sophie (10) and Grant (9).