Jackie Gingrich Cushman

  • Founder and Chairman of the Board, Learning Makes A Difference Foundation.
  • Nationally-syndicated Columnist and Bestselling Author, The Essential American:  25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own (Regnery Publishing, Inc.) and The 5 Principles of a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours (Crown Forum).
speaking_jackieDedicated to helping others flourish and creating a positive impact in their daily lives, Jackie Gingrich Cushman compels audiences to live their best life with her uplifting message and approachable style.

Her exceptional skill in synthesizing today’s most pressing world events and everyday life occurrences with authenticity, relevance and insight uniquely connects Cushman with audiences through both hearts and minds.

Cushman is the author of The Essential American:  25 Documents and Speeches Everyone American Should Own and The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours. Penned with her father, Newt Gingrich, the book encapsulates the core tenets and beliefs that guide them daily and provides a practical, entertaining and inspirational guide to living life to its fullest. Cushman is also a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, providing straightforward, intelligent and thought-provoking analysis and commentary on current events and other topical issues. Savvy, sensitive and stimulating, Cushman engages, energizes and empowers audiences with her optimistic outlook, innovative ideas and motivating message.

Audience Reviews


"What a genuine and poignant speaker Jackie is!  We feel very fortunate that she was able to recently visit Presbyterian College to discuss the historic threads underlying the American experience, connecting this history with current events in a way that engaged students and faculty alike.  In fact, our students are still “buzzing” with positive energy following her campus visit.  Jackie clearly knows how to connect with both large and intimate audiences – she speaks with a gracious, yet authoritative, voice in a true storyteller fashion!  Authentic and welcoming, Jackie inspires us to fulfill our potential and be successful – not only as individuals, but as democratic citizens as well!" Dr. Erin McAdams, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Presbyterian College

"I have heard Jackie speak on multiple occasions and am very impressed as her speeches are always so appropriate for that moment in time. She speaks with compassion and conviction and makes an immediate connection to her audiences regardless of their size. Jackie is a very personable, conversational, and dynamic speaker, author, columnist, wife and mother. I look forward to seeing her add, first daughter, to her list of titles.” - Kelly Stewart, Council Member, Johns Creek City Council, Past President, Buckhead Republican Women


"Jackie spoke at our 2011 Annual Business Woman of the Year Luncheon and she was wonderful.   Her faith and family ideals were a breath of fresh air.   She was extremely professional and chose her words in a way that made her whole speech very relevant to the honoring of a Business Woman of the Year.   She was very down to earth, very friendly, extremely intelligent and simply a captivating person and speaker.   I highly recommend Jackie come and speak to any group, any size and any type." Linda C. Foster, V.P. of Member Services, Jackson County, Georgia Area Chamber of Commerce


“We were so delighted with Jackie.  Not only did she surpass all of our expectations for an informative and delightful presentation, she won every body's heart that she visited with.  But, I wouldn't expect anything else considering her genes.  Everyone was pleased and thoroughly delighted that she saw fit to choose Lee County's Chamber Banquet as her "destination" last night." Winston A. Oxford, CEcD, Executive Director, Lee County, Georgia Chamber of Commerce


In the span of an hour, Jackie Gingrich Cushman embraced, motivated, and inspired us with her strength tempered with her vulnerability. An obvious “Type A” achiever, Jackie shared her own as well as her family’s expectations and experiences. As individuals, we have the choice of how we want to mentally deal with life’s challenges. We can cry defeat in round one. But, when we go the distance, we may find that the lessons learned along the way, can be as rewarding as the goal itself.” - Margaret H. McLean, Director of Corporate Communications, Cabbage Patch Kids at Babyland General Hospital


“In the span of an hour, Jackie Gingrich Cushman embraced, motivated, and inspired us with her strength tempered with her vulnerability. An obvious “Type A” achiever, Jackie shared her own as well as her family’s expectations and experiences. As individuals, we have the choice of how we want to mentally deal with life’s challenges. We can cry defeat in round one. But, when we go the distance, we may find that the lessons learned along the way, can be as rewarding as the goal itself.” - Margaret H. McLean, Director of Corporate Communications, Cabbage Patch Kids at Babyland General Hospital


“Jackie was more than I had hoped for as a speaker.  She was extremely interesting and knowledgeable but so human in relating to the audience.  I don’t like laundry either, and most of us feel that raising our children is the most important job in the world.  However, we also know we have to have a life outside of that, and people who “give back” are happier.”Judy Taylor, President, Habersham County Georgia Chamber of Commerce


“Jackie gave a great talk at our Afternoon with and Author event!  Her message was perfect for our audience and we very much look forward to having her at future events!” - Alyssa Cordova, Lecture Director, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute


We were honored to have Jackie as our Lincoln Day keynote speaker at our farthest north Republican Women's Club in Fairbanks, Alaska. Jackie was sincerely a breath of fresh air. She was witty, warm, engaging, and most of all a wonderful motivational speaker who connected individually with audience members. Her message was strong and heartfelt. We treasured our time with her, albeit brief. Each of us took away a special message from her speech that has affected us in a most positive way. I hope others have the opportunity to hear her speak and enjoy those same treasured moments.” - Lynette Bergh – President, Fairbanks Republican Women


“Jackie was fantastic! I have gotten wonderful comments about our event this week. She was a pleasure to work with and her local ties really made the audience relate to her. Our event was a huge success. We had over 430 attendees.” Amy Adams, Administrative Director Marketing and Communications, St. Francis Hospital


"I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how pleased our community was in having Jackie come to speak to our legislative prayer breakfast. The breakfast had been a small affair put together by a group of our local judges and their prayer group. To tell you the truth I personally didn’t even know there was such a breakfast.

This year the local Rotary and Kiwanis took a chance on turning this breakfast into a true community project. I agreed to chair this, I have to admit that by asking Jackie to speak I caused a small up a quiet but vocal uproar from the judges who thought I was trying to turn their prayer project into a political rally.  I assured them that this was not the case.

On the day of the breakfast which was attended by about 175 community members about 5 x their usual group, Jackie through her presence and speech completely disarmed and charmed the original prayer group. She also pleased the crowd with her personal and touching comments. Her speech was inspiring and she now has insured that the prayer breakfast will continue and grow.

We would like to have Jackie come to our community again when the occasion arises to speak on  the many other subjects she is qualified to expound upon. I personally appreciated meeting her and we are pleased to run her column in our paper.” T. Pat Cavanaugh, Publisher, Rockdale News and General Manager, Covington News


In my opinion, Jackie would be a tremendous asset to any function you may have coming up that requires an up-beat, motivational and highly effective communicator!  Her presentation is centered on "real-life issues", and it is in no way political.  Her message has a very broad audience appeal, and is gender neutral.  I wholeheartedly endorse this outstanding young lady!  Jackie truly makes the room shine when she walks in! " - Carolyn Delamont, President/CEO Paulding County Chamber of Commerce


“Thank you, Jackie for your amazing speech.  Your presence at our event created an atmosphere of elegance and an attitude of “It can be done!”  Those attending the Gala were impressed with the kindness and the overwhelming joy that you exude as you speak.  Your knowledge, your wisdom and your attendance to the little details of our event and our volunteers made all know we were in the presence of greatness.” - Rick & Kristy Tubbs, Rick Tubbs for Congress CD7


"Jackie is a talented speaker who engages her audience through the use of well-researched and poignant stories.  She communicates clear and memorable points.  Jackie also comes across as a real and authentic person who connects with the everyday lives of people whom she meets." – Sophie Mason, Program Co-Chair Midtown Atlanta Rotary


"Jackie was recommended to me by my good friend in Georgia, Sahar Hakmati.  We were able to bring her to North Carolina thanks to the work of the Republican Women's Club of Chapel Hill and the Wake County Republican Women.  Jackie met all our expectations, being vivacious, knowledgeable and entertaining.  She was great to answer questions and she made it clear she would spend all the time she needed to give us the information we wanted.  I personally am now proud to call Jackie my friend (I hope she feels the same).  I hope to see her again soon, and I would encourage any Republican group to have her speak for them." – Martha Jenkins, The Republican Women’s Club of Chapel Hill, North Carolina


“What a wonderful message Jackie Cushman delivers with her book, "5 Principles for a Successful Life," and her inspirational and witty discussions!  We've already put her principles into positive action.  Thank you so much!” - Codie C. Peters, President, Albemarle Charlottesville Republican Women's League


“When our committee began to advertise that we had secured Jackie Gingrich Cushman as the keynote speaker for our Lincoln Day Dinner in February of 2010, the first reaction most of us heard was "How did you get her?".  To say that we felt fortunate to be able to book her to speak at our little event would be an understatement.  And the response to her speech at the event has been 100 percent positive from our guests.  She has a down-to-earth quality about her that is refreshing in today's world.  And her ability to articulate the common sense conservatism our country so desperately needs is inspirational!  We would highly recommend her to any group who is planning an event such as this.” - Marlene Elliott, Chairman, Bradley County, Arkansas Republican Committee


Authentic.  That is how I would describe Jackie’s speaking style.  She brings her whole self to the podium and engages the audience from start to finish with insight and stories, both professional and personal, that everyone can connect with.” – Molly Battin, Senior Vice President, Turner Media Group


"You do a wonderful job communicating with your audience." - Congressman John Boozman, Arkansas


“Jackie is an exceptional speaker with heart who did her research and could not have targeted her message better for the women in our audience. Poignant, humorous and real, she added to a spectacular event. One woman of many wrote afterwards, "I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful luncheon yesterday.  I really enjoyed my time, as well hearing Jackie speak on how to live a successful life.  Those are all things we teach our kids but sometimes don't remember to do ourselves.  It was absolutely inspiring to see so many people (many of whom are my age!) do so many things that have a direct impact on our families, our community, and our future.  It was a real wake up call that having a young family doesn't give you an excuse to sit by and watch." Julie Smith, Founder, National Organization of Conservative Women


"Jackie spoke at our National Women's Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition "Day on the Hill" luncheon, and she gave and entertaining and inspirational keynote talk.    The women at the event uniformly enjoyed Jackie's insights, and many have subsequently commented how much they have enjoyed her book." - Lisa Spies, Executive Director, National Women’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition


She was personable and very friendly, easily identifying with everyone in the room on subjects like raising kids, laundry, busy schedules, etc.  She is also very much her father's daughter, and presented herself to be a historian who is well read and well traveled.  I get the sense that she would be just as comfortable chatting with heads of state as she was with members of our local Rotary club!   Jackie Cushman's visit will be a highlight of my year as Rotary president, and I am looking forward to reading her book over the holidays.”- Jane Layman, Gilmer County, Georgia Rotary Club President


"Authentic and bold, Jackie did a great job of connecting with our audience, and delivered an inspirational and thought-provoking presentation.  Jackie combined her knowledge of history and her expertise with humor and delivered a spot-on keynote." - Anna Lee, Convention Director NFRW


"I am very happy with our dinner.  Everyone was overjoyed with Jackie and her performance!  She is just so smart, she "connects" with people quickly, she is personable (by that I mean she is instantly friendly and engaging) - why I liked everything about her.  My phone has rung all day with all things positive." - Teresa Harris, Secretary, Pope County Republican Women



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