Editor’s note: Each issue of the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a profile of one of the Business Journal’s reigning 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. The profile first appeared in the event program.
“Giving back” is more than a catchphrase to Jessica Ann Tyson. It’s a testament to the priorities she threads throughout her business and community.
Events by Jessica Ann is a full service event-planning firm established in 2003 that includes event and wedding consulting.
Tyson has created a scholarship and, with the help of other companies, conferred more than $10,000 in scholarships.
She was also instrumental in supporting an African village in Ghana, by sending 50 students to school for a year and providing financial help and training to business owners there.
Tyson has devoted her time as a board member of the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce, the West Michigan Community Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation.
Helping to avert foreclosure on homeowners’ mortgages, Tyson has served as chair of the Home Repair Services of West Michigan and chair of Experience Grand Rapids’ Diversity Advisory Council, as well as on the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s executive board.
When naming her biggest professional break, Tyson said: “When our company had saved up enough money to start a scholarship fund.”
She added: “We are most proud of our signature events that we have created for our communities’ enjoyment, such as The Mixing Pot, a multicultural community festival held in Rosa Parks Circle, the Legacy Ball held at JW Marriot, the United Multicultural Parade and the Minority Professional Business Tour at Huntington Bank.”