Lifting as he climbs
A desire to give back motivates Carlin Jackson, winner of the 2022 Young Alumni Leadership Award.
Carlin Jackson ’15, MBA ’16, first came to campus to compete in a science Olympiad for middle school students. He still has the gold medal that judges draped around his neck. That was one of many acts of encouragement and guidance, he says, that propelled him toward a Case degree and a rewarding career.
Today, he spends a good deal of his time paying it forward. Jackson, an entrepreneur who runs his own consulting business in Cleveland Heights, will receive the Young Alumni Leadership Award at Homecoming 2022. The honor recognizes his service to his alma mater as a volunteer, a student mentor, and a member of the board of the Case Alumni Association and its committees.
“I got a lot of help,” he said. “It is a strong, fervent passion of mine to give back to all who have helped me on my journey.”
As founder and CEO of Theo. Wyes David, Ltd., Jackson helps businesses and entrepreneurs strategize and re-design systems, often involving finance and technology, his twin specialties. Scholarships and a job as a teaching assistant helped him to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science at the Case School of Engineering. He followed that with a degree in finance from the Weatherhead School of Management.
The twin degrees allowed him to apply computer science and data analytics to financial systems, a sought-after skill when he came out of college. Soon, he was able to launch his own consultancy.
He credits Case for giving him the confidence and resilience to take on new challenges.
“As a Case-trained engineer, to me there’s no problem that can’t be solved,” he said.
He’s eager to share that opportunity with the next generation.
Carlin Jackson still has the Gold Medal he won in middle school at a Science Olympiad competition.
As a Stokes Scholar to CWRU, Carlin Jackson came to know U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes.
The Jackson Family at a church fundraiser. (l to r) Carlin, Cedric and Jeanniece; father Cedric Sr. and mother Linda.