Alison Vaughn is Founder and CEO of Jackets for Jobs, Inc., a nonprofit that has provided employment etiquette, career skills training and professional attire to 20,000 jobseekers since 2000. In 2013, Jackets for Jobs opened an office in Botswana (Africa). Vaughn represented the organization on the NASDAQ floor where she rang the closing bell in 2006 and 2014. Vaughn is a Goldman Sachs Scholar, a graduate of the investment firm’s 10,000 Small Businesses Program. She is one of Martha Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers,” a group of entrepreneurs who turned their dreams into reality.
Vaughn was the 2011 co-chair of the 56th Annual Detroit NAACP Fight for Freedom Dinner, which annually draws 10,000 attendees. Vaughn is devoted to family, enjoys traveling, reading and attending sporting events—never missing a Detroit Lions home game. She is a member of Word of Faith International Christian Center in Metro Detroit. Vaughn is a member of Distinguished Women in International Service, Gamma Phi Delta Sorority and Top Ladies of Distinction. A Eureka Communities Fellow, Vaughn was a 2006 candidate for the Michigan State Senate.
Vaughn is a sought-after public speaker, both nationally and internationally. In the fall of 2014, she was chosen to speak at the World Islamic Economic Forum in Dubai, UAE on the rise of women entrepreneurs. Vaughn has inspired audiences of churches and civil rights organizations, major corporations and non-profits, business leadership conference attendees, schools and universities, youth councils, women’s groups and more with her practical and unique insights on advocacy, entre-preneurism, empowerment, diversity and urban workforce development.
Vaughn is the author of Ms. Goal Digger: Success is Sexy – A CEO’s Guide to Goal Setting, Dressing the Part and Having It All. This tell-all guide for today’s businesswoman who wants to get what she wants for herself, by herself. While the world may define success in dollars and cents, this book teaches women how to work smarter, not harder. She is also the co-author of the book, Inspired Style. This guide to glamour at any age features Vaughn and several other top image experts sharing tips to help women look and be their best. As a member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI), she has also contributed several articles on image, style and business etiquette. A Detroit native, Vaughn earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and graduated from The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, sponsored by Yale Law School.
Having received numerous accolades, Vaughn was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Alabama A & M University, and “Businesswoman of the Year” by the National Association of Negro Business & Professional Business Women in 2009. That same year, the Michigan Chronicle honored Vaughn as a Woman of Excellence, and Lakeshore Engineering recognized her with its “Leaders, Legends & Luminaries” award. Vaughn has been listed in the Who’s Who of Black Detroit for three years and the Who’s Who Among Female Executives. She is a recipient of the Community Service Award from the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the Humanitarian Award from the Top Ladies of Distinction. In 2016, Vaughn is being recognized for Global Business by the National Association of Women Business Owners in Greater Detroit.