03/28/2017

Jackie Breiter is the General Manager and COO of Merris, a company that is ushering in a new era in conference room design. Developed by a team of respected audiovisual industry veterans, Merris is creating connected furniture that can facilitate teamwork within the office and across digital channels. Each piece features interactive technology built directly into a pre-designed conference room table configuration, to enable workforce groups to reach new levels of teamwork and productivity.

Jackie is a recognized leader that combines technological knowledge with strong strategy and communication skills. Her particular expertise is in aligning organizational objectives with real-world solutions and a “get it done” approach.

Jackie served previously as COO and CIO of Emory’s Goizueta Business School. In that role, Jackie drove the strategic direction and management for all aspects of technology relating to teaching, faculty research, students, and administration for the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Prior to joining Goizueta, Jackie built and led teams in various industries including telecommunications, software, and health care. Jackie served for nearly four years as vice president of global customer success for CA Technologies, an IT management software and solutions company. At CA she led a global team responsible for increasing customer loyalty among the firm’s top CIO clients. She previously served for nearly three years as vice president of technical services at PharMerica Inc., where she was responsible for setting the technical vision and managing the operations of PharMerica’s IT services. Jackie started her career at AT&T, where she worked for 12 years in logistics management and automation, as well as in almost every functional area within IT. It was at AT&T where she built the foundation for her leadership and technology expertise.

Jackie is passionate about the Women in Technology Mission:

“As a young adult, you don’t always know the possibilities until someone shares them with you or you are fortunate enough to have an experience that opens your eyes to something new.  As a woman in technology, I believe it is important to help open the eyes of our youth to the possibilities in their future.  Regardless of your future, you should be prepared to manage and embrace technology.  It is a part of our daily lives and you don’t want to rely on someone else to be your technology chauffeur.  A person’s future and the future of technology may be unknown, but one thing is certain, you must be prepared for change, know how to adapt and be passionate about learning.”   
– Jackie Breiter

And she finds that Merris also demonstrates their commitment to advancing women in STEM roles within the company. “As a company whose principal owner and COO are both women in STEM, we are actively looking to place woman, as well as men in our technical positions that include audio visual technicians, programmers, CAD specialist and engineers,” says Jackie. ” We understand the importance of getting more women introduced to these types of positions, and more importantly, be sure they recognize the importance of STEM in this rapidly changing technological world in which we now live, work and play.”

Jackie earned her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, in Industrial Engineering. And her Master’s degree from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

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Reading: I always try to read one fun and one business book at the same time (not that business books aren’t fun).  “The Advantage” by Patrick Lencioni and “Turbo Twenty Three” (finishing the Stephanie Plum Series) by Janet Evanovich.

Best Advice You’ve Ever Received:  “What’s the worst that can happen”.  It sounds a bit reckless, but it’s really the opposite.  Fear and uncertainty can paralyze you.  If you evaluate the worst case scenario and determine how to deal with it, you can free your mind from worry and allow yourself to move forward knowing you can handle whatever comes your way.