"Many people in Columbus are going hungry at times because they can't buy enough nutritious food to last through the month."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Jacquie Bickel

Vice president, Improving–Columbus

About: Jacquie Bickel leads business development and account management for the technology management and consulting firm, Improving —Columbus. Since she joined the Improving leadership team, revenue has more than doubled.

Bickel helped establish the local chapter of Conscious Capitalism and has acted as its inaugural chairperson for nearly two years. Through inspiring corporate citizenship, purpose beyond profit and attention to a broad stakeholder model, this group aspires to inspire companies to become forces for good across the globe. She is seen not only as a local leader, but has been recognized outside Ohio and contributed at international conferences on several occasions. Her thought leadership in this area has inspired companies including IGS, Jeni’s Ice Cream and Cardinal Health to join together to elevate businesses that aspire to elevate humanity.

Bickel also acts as a role model for women in Columbus—exemplifying how young women can rapidly succeed while giving back to the community of which they are a part.

Outside of work: In addition to Conscious Capitalism, Bickel is a board member for the Ohio Girl Scouts and the New Directions Career Center. She’s also involved in member engagement for the Columbus Chamber.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “We have one of the most robust communities for involvement—philanthropy, nonprofits or companies truly investing in being more conscious and seeing business as a force for good. Community leaders should be charged with evangelizing that message, welcoming those moving to Columbus and getting them involved in our communities, keeping that fabric strong and making it even stronger.”

Bickel’s idea: “Many people in Columbus are going hungry at times because they can’t buy enough nutritious food to last through the month. I would love to explore a project that accesses the technology of hydroponics (to create) indoor sustainable gardens that would allow for year-round organic food options for those that can’t afford it.”

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