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Thea Faulkner Selected as a 2022 Distinguished Leading Business Woman by the Mississippi Business Journal

September 16, 2022

Thea Faulkner Mississippi Business Journal


Jackson Public Schools Partners in Education Director Thea Faulkner was recently selected as one of the 2022 Distinguished Leading Business Women in Mississippi. This honor was bestowed on her in recognition of her work to cultivate partnerships on behalf of the District with local and national businesses and non-profit organizations.Faulkner has established an excellent rapport with organizations, resulting in numerous school adopters, District level partnerships, significant financial donations, grant funds, and miscellaneous resources for 54 school sites.Most notably, Faulkner recently relaunched the District’s Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) program, the goal of which is to increase male engagement in all JPS schools.A native New Orleanian, Faulkner moved to her late husband’s hometown of Jackson, Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katina in 2005. A proud graduate of Dillard University, she also completed the Business Advantage Program at Millsaps College’s Else School of Management and the W.K. Kellogg Community Leaders Network Fellowship.Ms. Faulkner is a member of Women for Progress of MS and the Junior League of Jackson’s Community Advisory Council. She also serves as a board member of the Greater Jackson Arts Council.