Denean Pillar-Jackson Biography

Denean Pillar-Jackson joined the Corporate Coalition of Chicago as the Founding Executive Director for the Chicago Resiliency Network in March of 2021. Denean is leading the Network’s effort to inspire employers to think differently while acting collectively to acknowledge, address and solve for trauma triggers that can inhibit success in the workplace. The concurrent pandemics our world is experiencing provides a unique opportunity for employers in Chicago and around the country to embrace trauma-informed, healing-centered practices that are better for their employees, business and community.

Denean spent the past 16 years leading workforce development and training programs to close opportunity divides. Denean most recently served as an Account Director at Year Up Chicago. Prior to that, Denean worked as the Assistant Vice President for Business Development and Strategy for Employ America.

Denean is a 2016 Civic Leadership Academy Fellow from the University of Chicago, she earned a M.S. in Finance and Financial Markets from The Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business and she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Hampton University