BPM Principal/COO Scharrell Jackson spoke with Melissa Kiguwa on the Grit & Grace podcast about the importance of diversity and inclusion and Scharrell’s struggles with being the only Black executive at the table.

Grit & Grace is an insightful bi-monthly podcast hosted by Melissa Kiguwa. The podcast spans the globe interviewing brilliant women entrepreneurs with an audacious vision for the future. These entrepreneurs are talented and extraordinarily tenacious. Grit & Grace is sponsored elleSE, the London School of Economics Generate Accelerator for Women Founders.

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BPM Speaker

Scharrell Jackson

Scharrell Jackson
BPM Principal/COO

Scharrell Jackson joined BPM in early 2020 with over 35 years of operations, accounting and finance experience, which she utilizes to support and lead the Firm’s Corporate Service Team. Scharrell’s passion for motivating established and aspiring leaders does not end when she leaves the office. In addition to her many roles at BPM, Scharrell is a dynamic speaker outside of work and owns a women’s speaker series, Leadership in Heels, where she continues to support the professional growth of women. She is a sought-after speaker and passionate about mentoring leaders and underserviced youth to obtain upward mobility, personally and professionally. She supports BPM’s Inclusion Now! diversity initiative and is a member of the AICPA’s Women Inclusion Executive Committee (WIEC) and National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (NCDI).


BPM for IN!

Founded in 1986, BPM is one of the largest California-based public accounting and advisory firms, ranked as one of the 50 largest firms in the country. For five years in a row, the Firm has been listed as one of the Best CPA Firms for Women by the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance (AFWA) and American Women’s Society of CPAs (AWSCPA). The Firm has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the San Francisco Business Times, North Bay Business Journal, Silicon Valley Business Journal and Accounting Today.

Through its Inclusion Now! (IN!) program, BPM provides various platforms to ensure a culture that enhances the retention and recruitment of women and supports and encourages colleagues of all genders, ethnicities and those who identify as LGBTQIA+ to feel comfortable expressing their authentic self. To learn more, please visit