Sonya Jackson


Founder & Principal, Mantra for Good

Sonya Jackson is the Founder & Principal of Mantra for Good. Mantra For Good is an organization that was founded on the philosophy that “Good People Can Change the World” and unites people to work on projects to improve lives and our world. Previously, Jackson was responsible for guiding the mission, vision and strategy for United Airlines' community investment. Ms. Jackson previously held the post of President of the BP Foundation and Senior Global Business Adviser for BP's Global Social Investment Business Unit. She has also served as Executive Director of The Sears-Roebuck Foundation and Assistant Director of the Sara Lee Foundation. When she isn't making our world a better place through Mantra for Good, she is inspiring us here at Chicago Ideas as a Board Member and Director of our evening events.



Wednesday, October 15

Instigators: Voices for Change

Can one person effect change for many? CIW honors accomplished individuals who jumped on a mountain bike, picked up a guitar and stepped off the... read more
Presented by The Chicago Community Trust
Speakers: Shannon Galpin, John Amaechi, OBE, Mike de la Rocha, Terry Mazany, Christy Turlington Burns, Jeff Jenkins, Tom Dart, Peter Thum, Sonya Jackson
Cadillac Palace Theatre 151 W. Randolph St.
Wednesday, June 11

Give and Take: Lessons for Life and Work

**This Event is Currently SOLD OUT** Adam Grant is the youngest full—and highest rated—professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton... read more
Speakers: Adam Grant, Sonya Jackson and more speakers to be announced
Morningstar 22 W. Washington St.
Sunday, October 14

The Creative Process: Stop Waiting for the Muse, Presented by Starcom MediaVest Group

Creativity is everything and everywhere. It is the essence of turning imaginative ideas into reality; it's a vital factor of success. This CIW... read more
Speakers: Brian Bowen Smith, Scott Belsky, Brandon Boyd, Dexter Bullard, Karen Tenkhoff, Kiel Murray, Sonya Jackson
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue
Tuesday, October 09

Giving: One Matters, Presented by United Airlines

One dollar, one hour, one click. One matters. Despite a struggling economy, charitable giving has been on the rise. Now more than ever, one person... read more
Speakers: Jean Case, Michael Carter, Brad Newman, Andrew Young III, Sonya Jackson, Valerie Lies, Edward Norton, Helene Gayle, Kirsten Lodal, Valerie Lies
Albert Theatre @ Goodman Theatre 170 N. Dearborn Street

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