Dr. Yamile Jackson

Nurtured by Design

CEO and Founder

In 2001, after working in engineering and construction for the oil and gas industry for over a decade, Yamile gave birth 12 weeks prematurely to Zachary, who weighed less than 2 lbs and was in the intensive care unit for 5 months.  Three weeks after he was born, Zachary survived the deluge of Tropical Storm Allison in Houston that shut down the power to his life-support equipment. Yamile, her husband and the staff kept him alive “by hand” for 9 hours until he was evacuated.   Since his birth, Yamile applied her PhD in ergonomics and human factors engineering to designing evidence-based devices and services that improve the safety, sleep, development, and quality of life of mother and child. For her Nurturing Technology™ that includes The Zaky™, Kangaroo Zak®, and Zen by Zak™ she has received over 20 awards including the Oprah's and Toyota's Standing Ovation Award (and $25,000 Grant), Ultimate Latina Award in the Health Category by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Female Hispanic Entrepreneur by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Top 20 Latino Innovators of the Year by NBC Latino, and the Outstanding Woman Owned Business by SCORE FOUNDATION. Zachary is a healthy 15 year old and is Nurtured by Design’s CIO (Chief Inspirational Officer).

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