Our second segment in the Women Who Inspire series features my dear friend Jenna Jackson of P&R Productions. Jenna is a former CBS crime stories producer and founded her independent production company here in Houston in 2011. Jenna has followed her dream of sharing authentic stories through innovative filmmaking and possesses a can-do spirit that is both contagious and inspiring.
Inspired by her work ethic and incredible drive, I knew I needed to make the Jenna Tote as ambitious as the muse herself. The bag has the qualities that every ideal work tote should with its spacious interior and functional outside pockets. The style is classic, featuring minimalist gold details and soft leather handles for an everyday appeal.
Jenna and I first connected as friends, and as we grew closer, we found that we could also relate to each other on a professional level, sharing a mutual understanding of what it’s like to run a business. Jenna has a fierce entrepreneurial spirit that tends to motivate everyone around her. I have always admired her hard work and dedication to her career, charity involvement, and devotion as a mother. We hold each other to high standards, knowing how much the other can accomplish. I admire the courage it took Jenna to leave CBS News in pursuit of her dream to lead an independent production company.
Elaine recently sat down with Jenna for a one-on-one interview:
Elaine: Is there a woman in your life that encourages you and/or has empowered you?
Jenna: I am so blessed to have many women in my life who encourage and empower me. My mom and grandma have inspired me throughout my entire life. And my amazing girlfriends – Elaine, you are one of them! – who are so accomplished and positive about life.
Elaine: What do you consider one of your greatest accomplishments?
Jenna: Having my twin boys and working on raising them into incredible young men (with the constant help of my hubby and our awesome blended family). This is by far my greatest joy and accomplishment.
Elaine: What inspires you today?
Jenna: So many things inspire me. I believe you make the choice every day to work hard, remain undeterred by obstacles and be inspired! The world around me, my friends and family – and the incredible amount of favor God has given me through our business is a constant inspiration.
Elaine: What’s next? What do you hope to achieve in the next few years?
Jenna: I tease my team at P+R that our goal is to build an empire – but I really mean it. I want to impact our clients and the world through amazing stories and helping people connect to their clients, their audience, and their passions. I’m so excited to see what the future will bring!
In Honor of Jenna Jackson and her devotion to charity, 20% of today’s proceeds from the Jenna Tote will be donated to Candlelighters Houston
More about Jenna and P&R Productions…
Growing up in Jacksonville, Texas, Jenna attended college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville where she met her mentor and friend, Dan Rather.
He grew her into a real journalist – and a more courageous individual – and hired her shortly after graduation. She packed her bags and headed to New York, where she began working for CBS News/48 Hours. Learning myriad lessons about people, life, and the news, Jenna was with CBS for nearly 15 years.
Jenna’s passion has always been telling real stories about real people and she started P&R Productions to do just that. The stories she tells – whether on television or the big screen – are beautiful, captivating, and one of a kind. Jenna was blessed enough to win several awards along the way, including an Emmy. She lives in Houston with her twin boys (the original P and R) and her hubby, who puts up with all her craziness.