About: Zoe Jackson MBE
Multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Zoe Jackson MBE – Inspiration set up the Living the Dream Performing Arts Company at the age of 16 in 2006 to inspire young people and to subsidise her own performing arts education.
Zoe Jackson started Living the Dream with a few hundred pounds of sponsorship from family and friends and went on to attract local arts funding to put on shows featuring young people whilst she was still at school.
She managed Living the Dream whilst studying for a full-time BA Honours degree in Dance and Performing Arts at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
Since graduating, Zoe Jackson MBE has grown Living the Dream to include a school of performing arts, a professional dance company, a talent agency and a charity, the Dream Foundation.
Zoe Jackson is passionate about championing young talent, creating access to arts education, entertaining audiences and encouraging young people to live their dreams.
Her strength as a leader and as a role model is in her passion for inspiring and empowering people and has led her to be a leading figure in performing arts in the UK.
Zoe Jackson has won a number of awards for her social entrepreneurism across the arts and business.
In June 2015, Zoe Jackson was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an award of the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to young entrepreneurs and the performing arts.
In 2015 Zoe Jackson also received the first ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’, which recognised 60 young people across the Commonwealth who were making a difference in their communities.
Zoe Jackson has received several other awards including the Women of the Future in the Arts, Media and Culture award with Shell, was listed in Elle Magazine’s “Top 100 Inspiring Women” alongside Michelle Obama and Beyoncé and Zoe Jackson won the Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year with the Great British Entrepreneurs.