Join me on my journey through professional & personal life post-cancer, in leadership, & among Automotive industry change.
I broke into digital marketing at the very beginning, working with Automotive dealers since 2005. I’ve become an expert in the areas of Sales, Marketing, & Leadership on the East Coast of the United States from Rhode Island to Florida. I live in the Mid-Hudson River Valley region of NY with my husband Kris. We have 2 grown children and a granddaughter who live out of state. When we're not working, we’re spending time with friends, family, & traveling. Over the years we have been entrepreneurs in the areas of real estate development, farming, and distilling.
I love fashion, to travel, cook, eat, entertain, fish, & garden in my spare time. I love having coffee on my front porch and watching the wildlife in the woods of NY or in the Newport, RI, Florida & Florida Keys ocean!
Photo Cred: Connerton Photography
As a female in a male dominated industry, Automotive, I have the unique opportunity to impact an undervalued, growing segment of brilliant, organized minds - WOMEN! By hiring more women, everyone involved benefits exponentially. I spend my days studying the Automotive Industry, world economics and impacts in general, and improving leadership and motivation.
As a two-times cancer survivor who has overcome not only the battles of the physical disease, but has beat psychological wars such as survivor’s guilt, I’ve grown to share my story transparently, motivating the world to live each day to the fullest and respect the time we have been granted on earth together.
My Mission is to positively impact as many people as possible by inspiring and coaching them to grow toward achieving their individual goals and dreams.
Here’s a list of notables in which I’ve been involved…
January 2023 Marlboro High School Community Career Speakers Series Presentation
October 2022 Dashboard by NIADA contributing writer https://niada.com/dashboard/acquiring-inventory-right-now-is-critical/
June 2022 Panel Speaker Frost & Sullivan Leadership Conference, NYC - Sales Team Accelerator Retreat
February 4, 2022 Frost & Sullivan Newsletter contribution "Coaching Great Performers through Massive Change" by Jacci Grillo https://bit.ly/FSNewsletterJG
January/February 2022 issue, Newport Life Magazine, quote in article, “Table for Two, These romantic dining spots are perfect for Valentine’s Day - or any meal with the one you love.”, page 56, section “Forty 1° North, Sunset Views and Seafood Towers. https://bit.ly/Newportsmostromanticrestaurants
December 13, 2021 - Melanie Borden & Jacci Grillo presented Leveraging Social Media to Create an Impactful Executive Brand LIVE at Women in Automotive conference, Orlando https://bit.ly/3HX8v9g
September 2021 Jacci joins Fred & Lou on the Car Guy Coffee podcast addressing Leading through change, empathy, & survivor’s guilt - watch here https://streamyard.com/puuikdxdncgw
July 2021 Jacci & Doug Thurston join Fred & Lou for the classic #5LINER
March 2021 Keynote Speaker FCCLA New York State Conference
January 2021 Auto Hub Show podcast with Ian & Jeff - Female Leadership in Automotive
November 2020 You might remember Melanie Borden & I collaborated together in 2020 on our episode of Aha Moment with Melanie.
September 2020 Digital Dealer Panel Expert, Hire, Nurture and Retain Female Leaders
March 9,2020 Season 1 Carearing podcast with Laurie Halter
Articles & Mentions:
January 2020 Auto Success
May-October, 2021 Pilot Explorer - Cox Voices DE&I Program, July-September 2021, Bernadette Smith's Inclusive 360 Inner Circle Access Book Launch Advocates Team, May 2020 B.S. Business Administration, Management, Magna Cum Laude, Purdue University Global, Cox Automotive President’s Club Winner 2017-2018, Cox Automotive Sales Leader of the Year Northeast Division 2017, Cox Automotive National Sales Leader of the Year 2017, Women’s Automotive Association International (WAAI) NY Auto Show Breakfast Panel Chair & Organizer,2015-2017, Autotrader R18 Ntwadumela (He who greets with fire) Award April 2015, Autotrader NY & CT Salesperson of the Month June, December 2013, February 2014 Miller Kaplan Providence #1 Digital 2009-2010, Secretary/Treasurer BNI Capital City Connection Network 2009-2010, Notable Networker Award BNI, Top Guests, Top Business Generated Awards 2009-2010, Disney Tinker Bell Award 1996, Southern Ulster Rotary Volunteer & Fundraiser, Hudson Valley Direct Marketers Association, Total R&R Volunteer VP Charitable Director 2013-2014, Bishop Dunn Memorial School Holiday Adopt a Child Program 2013, ASPC/OCC & Yankees Damon Runyon 5K Autotrader Team Organizer 2012-2015, Autotrader Jump Start Atlanta Food Bank Volunteer 2012, Autotrader CT Food Bank Volunteer 2014, Autotrader Team Habitat For Humanity Volunteer 2014, Wish Granter – A Wish Come True 2005-2011, Volunteer Canstruction 2008-2010, Jimmy Fund Radio-telethon Volunteer/Host 2008-2011, Volunteer Run For Freedom Against Human Trafficking 2009-2011, Volunteer Girls on the Run Rhode Island 2013-2014, Newport Winter Festival Children’s Fair Volunteer Host 2005-2008, Disney VoluntEARs 2005-2008, Former Member Providence, East Greenwich, Eastern CT, Greater Boston Chambers of Commerce.
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