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Co-Founder / Director
Detroit Hives

Facebook: @detroithives

The purpose of leadership is not to create more followers, but to create more leaders.

— Timothy “Paule” Jackson

Timothy “Paule” Jackson is the co-founder/director of Detroit Hives, a nonprofit founded in 2017 whose mission is to transform vacant lots into urban bee farms for the conservation and education of honeybees. Timothy is focused on making Detroit a bee city by repurposing vacant land into pollinator habitats. The overarching goal is to improve the quality of life not only for native plants and insects, but for the surrounding community. As a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, an ambassador for the Ford Men of Courage, and a 2018 Detroit Emerging City Champion, Tim is dedicated to changing the narrative of black men.

Timothy in one word: Resilient

Favorite leadership read: Think and Grow Rich

Favorite Podcast: Fire Nation

Favorite Detroit hangout: Detroit Hives, East Warren Apiary

In his own words:

1.  What’s your most important career accomplishment to-date?
My most important career accomplishment is giving back to my alma mater, Mumford High School.  To date, we are the first organization to place a honeybee colony at a Detroit Public School to promote sustainability. Lastly, we are in the works to provide an educational program to introduce apiology and beekeeping to students.

2. How have you redefined leadership through your professional success?
Through my professional success, I've redefined leadership by not waiting for change to come to our communities. The purpose of leadership is not to create more followers, but to create more leaders.

3. Why is civic engagement (volunteerism) important to you?
Civic engagement  teaches life and leadership skills, which empowers me to become self-reliant, and encouraged  to contribute to society.

4. How have you disrupted the idea of traditional leadership? How do you express leadership?
Traditional leadership has always been defined by a certain level of collegiate education. I express leadership through passion, persistence and my ability to inspire others.

5. What is a blue sky goal that you would like to accomplish in your career?  
A blue sky goal for me is to travel the world to help educate over one million people about the importance of honeybee conservation.

6. Why did you choose to pursue your passion/profession in Metro-Detroit? How do you intend to impact the region through your work?
Detroit has well over 90,000 vacant lots in which most contribute to blight, injuries and crime. Our mission is to repurpose these vacant lots for the education and conservation of pollinators to improve the quality of life for the community and the environment.

7.  What do you love most about owning your own business?
Being able to do what you love and share that passion with others.

Meet Timothy at the Vanguard Awards! Click HERE to join the celebration!