With 37.04 seconds of brilliance, Erin Jackson won the women’s 500 meters at the National Speed Skating Oval – and, in the process, achieved several firsts.
The 29-year-old is the first American to win an individual speedskating medal since 2010. The first American woman to do so since 2002. And, according to U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee historian Bill Mallon, the first Black woman to win gold in an individual sport at the Winter Olympics, period!
On top of pulling down an incredible achievement for Black female athletes at the notably white Winter Games, Jackson’s rise to the pinnacle of her sport has been astoundingly quick.
Watching her fly across the ice, it’s hard to believe that Jackson, originally an in-line skating star, only laced up her first pair of ice skates six years ago in 2016. Just two years into the career, she became the first Black woman to represent the U.S. in speed skating at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, according to the International Olympics Committee (IOC).
Four years later, she has taken home the gold.
Earlier this year, IMPACT Magazine gathered women from around the country to Utah for the IMPACT Black Women Experience. After reading of the stats on how Utah is not equal for women and how black women weren’t considered. With this information, the Founder/Editor-In-Chief of IMPACT Magazine, Tunisha Brown, created this event to empower, encourage, and educate the guests that were in attendance.
August 26-28, IMPACT will be hosting the Experience in Utah with a weekend packed of events to enhance each guests life! Some of the speakers who presented at the last Experience were asked to come back. Returning speakers are life coach/chef/author Tommi Vincent and entertainment travel industry expert, Nik Morales.
The weekend will begin with “The Who’s Who Networking Mixer” with a performance by Bri Ray and presentation by Aanjel Clayton, Director at New Pattern! Saturday will host panel discussions and presentations by Founder/Editor-In-Chief of IMPACT Magazine – Tunisha Brown, Vice President of Marketing at Buckner – Lianna Kinard, Founder of BetaBoom – Kimmy Paluch and more! Sunday closes with IMPACT Magazine’s distinguished, “Women of IMPACT” Honorary Brunch with honorees Gold Olympian Erin Jackson, Chief Equity Officer at the Mayor’s Office Kaletta Lynch, and Special Assistant to Vice President for Equity Diversity & Inclusion University of Utah Emma E. Houston.
A portion of the proceeds will be give to CurlyMe! Curly Me! is a 501(c)3) resource for families with child of color, specifically black girls between the ages of 5-14 years. They hold quarterly events and mentoring opportunities to help educate, empower and encourage girls to be their best selves.
If you would like to sponsor or vend, be sure to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For tickets, go to https://www.theimpactmagazine.com/product/ibw2/.