Contessa T. Walker – Jackson a.k.a. “Tess” lives by the mantras “can’t give up now” and “there’s nothing too hard for God.” Tess is the CEO & Owner of Exclusively By Tess, a full-service event planning firm. Tess is also an entrepreneur, team builder, author, civic leader, product specialist, mentor, visionary, mastermind, speaker, educator, and new blog series – Tessology Tuesdays. She has worked behind the scenes at the Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards and BET Hip Hop Awards, just to name a few. Tess holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision, a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and is a Certified Specialist in Event & Party Planning. View Exclusively By Tess Here
Tess continues to fuel her passions and ambition as the published author of My TESStimony, through which she portrays her journey as a business-woman, wife, mother and lover of life. The book’s universal mandate is that “a virtuous woman is a woman of strength”—which supports her own ventures as an entrepreneur, civic leader and mentor to many. Tess is also the author of The Royal Experience – Everyday Etiquette & Modern Day CourTESSy. This syllabus/book was created to help launch poised, polished, and elegant young ladies into a successful pattern for life. Tess is also a product specialist and currently has a perfume line, Impress with Tess, which celebrates youth and femininity in its top notes that bring the aquatic nuances with pure and sharp notes of water lily, apple, freshly-sweet mandarin, and apricot. View My TESStimony Blog Here
Tess’ next mission is to build a private dream school (Child Development Center & K-12 Academy) that will allow students free tuition, as well as Teacher’s PETS Inc. Performing Arts Theater, a 1,500-seat facility open to all as a venue to host plays, concerts, conferences, seminars, and formal training. Furthermore, she is looking to launch a banquet hall under her own banner, as the Exclusively By Tess Event Center; along with the Teacher’s PETS Academy Family Life Center.
Tess has received several awards: Teacher of the Year (2005); Who’s Who Among Professionals (2008); Junior National Young Leaders Conference Education Leader and Mentor Award (2008 – 2012); School Choice Leader Award For Teacher’s PETS Academy (2013-2016); and the Small Business Influencer in Leadership Recognition Award (2016).