Women Executives in Engineering Podcast with Pamela Jackson

FY18 SWE President Jonna Gerken interviews Pamela Jackson, Vice President of Technology at Emerson and a life member of SWE.
Women Executives In Engineering Podcast With Pamela Jackson
Pamela Jackson
Pamela Jackson, Vice President-Technology, Emerson

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(Jonna Gerken)

Hi, I’m Jonna Gerken, FY18 President of the Society of Women Engineers, and this is SWE’s Diverse podcast series. Please remember to add this podcast to your iTunes and like or follow us on social media. Visit swe.org for more details.

Joining me now, as part of our Women Executives in Engineering Podcast Series, is Pamela Jackson. She is the Vice President of Technology at Emerson. She has also held prominent positions with Lucent and AT&T. Pam is a SWE member, has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT and an Executive MBA from Boston University.

Thanks for joining us Pam.

(Questions/Talking Points)

Pam, you have been at Emerson for 17 years. Tell us about your background and career.

What do you think is the key to your success as a leader?

Why did you decide to pursue an MBA in addition to your engineering degree?

You are retiring this fall and have just become a Life Member of SWE. How has SWE played a role in your success?

You’ve advocated for women in STEM your whole career. Tell us about that.

You have been married for more than 40 years. Your husband also had a technical career. What advice would you give young women about choosing a life partner?

You have three adult daughters, two are engineers and one works in IT. In fact, you and your oldest daughter Rhonda were the first African American mother and daughter to have graduated from MIT. How did you encourage your daughters to pursue careers in STEM?

What advice do you have for women engineers who want to become leaders?


Pam, thank you so much for joining us. Pamela Jackson is the Vice President of Technology at Emerson,  a global manufacturing and technology company based in St. Louis, MO. Pam, thanks for participating in our Women Executives in Engineering podcast series.

More about Pamela Jackson

Pam’s responsibilities have included corporate oversight of technology development initiatives related to new and lean product development, portfolio and product life cycle management, and Emerson’s centers of excellence for software and human-centered design. She also served on the management board for the Emerson Innovation Center in Pune, India and the Emerson Xi’an Engineering Center in China.

Pam has been with Emerson since 2001. Prior to accepting her current corporate position in 2006, she served as vice president and general manager of DC-DC Power in Carlsbad, California, which at the time was a business of Emerson Network Power.

Before joining Emerson, Pam worked at Lucent and AT&T where she held a series of progressively more responsible positions, eventually serving as vice president and general manager of Lucent’s MicroPower division in Austin, Texas.

Pam has led businesses covering a breath of technologies including board mounted power, energy systems, power supplies, thin film and hybrid integrated circuits, piezoelectric devices, ferrites, printed circuit boards, lightguide fiber and loop transmission apparatus.

She was named to the Business Journal National List of 100 Women to Watch in 2016 as well as the 2016 Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Pam was recognized for her achievements and leadership of the Emerson Women in STEM program at the Greater St. Louis Tribute to Success and also received the 2016 Achievement Award from the St. Louis Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chapter.  Pam is a member of SWE and represents Emerson on the SWE Corporate Partnership Council.  She serves on the St. Louis STEMpact Collaborative board and is a member of Sigma Xi and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary societies, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the International Women’s Forum. She is a recipient of the NYC YWCA Salute to Women Achievers Award and the National Black Engineer of the Year Dean’s Award.

Her community activities in St. Louis include serving as founding chair of the Missouri Botanical Garden Corporate Council, member of the Washington University Industrial Advisory Panel and member of the Ranken Technical College Board of Trustees where she leads the investment committee.  She is also actively involved with the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Pam is a charter member of Texas Women Ventures, a former trustee of the Dallas African American Museum and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Pam received two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in chemical engineering and the other in chemistry, and a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She also holds an executive MBA from Boston University.

She is married to John Bush and they are the parents of three adult daughters, all STEM graduates.

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