Jeffery Beckham serves as Vice President of Career and Leadership Development at Chicago Scholars. In his role, Jeffery is responsible for creating pathways to career opportunities, developing the organizational leadership strategy, and developing the curriculum for the leadership development of 3926 young people who are either first-generation college-going or from low-income communities of Chicago.
Jeffery is a community leader and tech-entrepreneur known for advancing the fight for equity and creating opportunities for leadership skill development for youth and young adults. Because of this work, Jeff is a sought-after speaker delivering keynotes, commencements, and workshops for companies, universities, and organizations across the country. Over the course of his career, he’s worked in the for, and non-profit sectors building expertise in technology, youth leadership development, and strategy. He joined Chicago Scholars after working in sales, systems engineering, and digital marketing.
In 2008 he founded a digital marketing firm called Black Box Creative which he ran successfully for 10 years. Black Box Creative is a digital marketing agency that helps clients grow revenue or increase exposure and engagement with their target audience. Jeffery has led projects for everyone from Oscar Winner Common to Tuskegee University and has worked with numerous charitable organizations.
In 2016 he co-founded a nonprofit business development centre called the Mid South Business Association and Resource Center, which works to create economic equity in Chicago’s Greater Grand Boulevard neighbourhood.
He serves as a mentor for many young people through his work with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity INC., New Faith Baptist Church International. As a mentor and member of the 100 Black Men of Chicago for 6 years, he’s served as Program Director and a counsellor for the 100 Black Men of Chicago’s Pathways to Success Program, which is a career emersion program for high school and college students funded by Wells Fargo. In 2018 he was elected to the Board of Directors for the mentoring organization. He served as the elected community representative on the Local School Council at King College Prep from 204-2016 and currently serves on the board at Foundation’s College Prep a middle and high school in Chicago’s Roseland Community. In 2018 he was selected to serve on the economic advisory for Operation Hope. WVON and Ariel Investments named Jeffery one of Chicago’s Top 40 Game Changers Under 40 years old and he was a finalist for the Chicago Inno 50 on Fire Award in 2016 and in November 2018 Reclaiming A Youth Foundation named Jeffery it’s 2018 Man of the Year.