Jessica Ann Tyson
2016 Leadership Award

In 2003, this wife and mother founded Events by Jessica Ann and became a successful entrepreneur who wears a huge sincere smile as she gives her time, finances, and business services. Over the years, Jessica Ann has provided more than $70,000 in scholarships for high school and college students through one of her signature events held in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Detroit: The Legacy Ball. In 2014 Jessica Ann expanded her company and morphed into a public relations firm – the JA PR Group, which since her first year, has operated in positive cash flow. Most recently, she has partnered with Jermone Glenn to open The Candied Yam – Delight Southern Cuisine, an upscale, rustic, soul food take-out restaurant featuring family recipes made with love.