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Managing Principal


Jacky Akbari

Jacky Akbari is a nationally recognized leader with a track record of achievement in strategy consulting. Recognized for her expertise and influence, Jacky develops and executes mission critical strategy impacting transformational growth for leading organizations, including top tier universities, innovative business start ups and Fortune 500 companies. 


With a focus on business attraction, relocation and expansion, Jacky leads collaborative impact initiatives. She is a workforce economic development thought leader, speaker and trusted advisor to c-suite executives, elected officials, nonprofit and academic leaders. Her expertise relative to inclusive workforce impact is widely respected. 


As Founder and Managing Principal of Worthington Advisory, she provides vision at the business consulting firm. Her role includes strategy consultation, strategic planning facilitator, government affairs lead. Prior to launching Worthington Advisory, Jacky held senior positions in government relations, workforce economic development, human capital consulting and national sales and marketing teams. In a senior level role within a strategic government agency, Jacky spearheaded market entry workforce development initiatives. She developed and executed key stakeholder partnership strategy for business expansion and relocation projects with Dell, Mars Petcare, AT&T, Nissan North America, UBS, Alliance Bernstein, Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft, Asurion, Vanderbilt University, and many others. As a senior level manager at Xerox, she trained over 5,000 sales people in consultative sales skills. 


She has been recognized by state, local, and national organizations for personal and professional leadership including:


  • Nashville Post   Most Powerful Woman

  • The Nashville Chamber of Commerce   Impact Award

  • Tennessee State University Hall of Fame   Women of Legend and Merit

  • Nashville Lifestyles   Women in Business Award

  • Nashville Business Journal   Woman of Influence

  • Biz Journal Power 100​

  • The Boss Management Magazine


A graduate of The Ohio State University, she holds a certificate in workforce diversity from UCLA Executive Extension. Jacky is an established influential voice, through active community engagement serving on multiple boards. Maddox Charitable Foundation board, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House and chair of the Frist Foundation Salute to Excellence award panel. Founder of the National Organization for Workforce Diversity, she launched the Diversity America business tour an experiential learning mobile seminar for executives. 


She is an active member of the Downtown Nashville Rotary club, co-chairing the Program Committee. 


Focusing on the future.

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