The Missing Link to Innovation and Inclusion

Jacqueline Acho, Ph.D.

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 global strategy firm McKinsey & Company.  Jackie has worked for industrial, scientific, academic, nonprofit, and economic development clients on a variety of issues, with particular focus on growth, strategy, technology commercialization, and leadership development for more than 18 years.  Jackie’s work includes developing uncommon and productive collaborations across organizations and internal boundaries, even among competitors.

Dr. Acho received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  While at M.I.T., she was awarded the Goodwin Medal for “conspicuously effective teaching by a graduate student.”  She also attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction and highest honors in chemistry.  Jackie was named one of the “top 40 under 40” by
Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine, “one of the 500 most influential women in
Northeast Ohio” by Northern Ohio Live magazine, and is a founding member of In
Counsel with Women.  She is a graduate of the Leadership Cleveland class of 2012.  Jackie
currently serves on the Boards of Jumpstart, Inc. and the Wright Center for Sensor
Systems Engineering.  She has served on the board of the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the National Inventors’ Hall of Fame/Invent Now Kids Board, and the Advisory Boards for Industrial
Transport, Inc., the Northeast Ohio Technology Council, and the Generation Foundation of Cleveland.  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 working on blog titled “The Currency of Empathy”.  In 2012, Jackie completed the 4 year program of Theological Education by Extension/Education for Ministry through Sewanee University and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights.  She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband, John LeMay, and their two children, Sophie (10) and Grant (8)…..who teach her about empathy every day.

7 Responses to “Jacqueline Acho, Ph.D.”

  1. Pam Chaney

    Jackie – I just found your blog. Wonderful stuff! Love the name, too. Pam Chaney (St. Pauls) Would love to talk with you about “what gets in the way” of innovation and change (per the research.)

  2. karinesety

    Interesting ideas – I wonder how leaders of large corporations respond to those? I’ve also worked in management consulting the last 5 years and am quite surprised by the fact that a real understanding of productivity (which requires looking at a person’s equilibrium across all areas of their life) seems to be so low on the priority list.

    • jackieacho

      My clients respond well, especially the ones trying to innovate in special ways (e.g., transform social services, reimagine orchestral music, and keep women leaders in hard science businesses like chemicals). They are struggling and need a new paradigm. You’re right on with articulating the need to understand a person’s equilibrium in relationship to productivity. We’ve ignored this far too long. We pretend to optimize with time as the denominator, but we fail if we lack humanity.


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