Founder & CEO – JYG Innovations
As founder and CEO of information technology company JYG Innovations, Jacqueline “Jackie” Gamblin has used her expertise to mentor other entrepreneurs while creating a team environment that supports a unique business model and serving as a passionate advocate for foster youth.
As a transformative thought leader, mentor and community servant, Gamblin is motivated by the belief that each of us has the ability and responsibility to positively impact the lives of others. She has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, with previous positions as chief operations officer, chief technology officer, and other senior technical roles. She has held the specialized Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and has served as an advisory board member for James Madison University Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance.
JYG, which recently celebrated its 10th year in business, began as an information technology solutions company and has since diversified its offerings to include cybersecurity, research analysis and medical/clinical consulting services for both government and commercial clients.
“Through open dialogue, conversation, and giving, Jackie uses her influence to uplift those who need a boost,” writes her nominator. “Being a Black female in a predominantly white male industry, she has often encountered the unique position of being the ‘other’ in the room. In light of that experience, Jackie has become an expert in sitting back, observing the room, and understanding who needs to have a seat at the table and a voice.”
Gamblin serves on the boards of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce board, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Central State University, AFCEA, and Dayton Children’s Hospital, and is a past board member of The Foodbank and YWCA Dayton. A recipient of Dayton Business Journal’s Power 50 award, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
“Jackie is a woman of influence because she continuously inspires and supports everyone to be a better version of themselves,” notes her nominator. “She gives so willingly to those in her life, without asking anything in return. She openly has welcome strangers into her home, in hopes of offering them a brighter future. She has left an impression on my life that has forever impacted me in ways beyond her understanding.”