The Blind Visionary: Practical Lessons for Meeting Challenges on the Way to a More Fulfilling Life and Career


Virginia Jacko was a successful executive at Purdue University when she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa. She would slowly go completely blind. As the darkness grew around her, Virginia found the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired—and a new mission in life. Virginia turned a potentially devastating condition into an opportunity, going from student to president and CEO of the Lighthouse in just four years.

Virginia’s odyssey shows you how to create greater personal and professional satisfaction in your own life.



“They say that truth can be stranger than fiction; and here in this case it would be difficult to make up a story that so vividly demonstrates triumph in attitude, courage, creativity and tenacity over adversity. . . .Virginia’s story is about mustering the courage to take action – to embrace change in the face of a devastating blow . . . .”
José Feliciano in the Foreword to The Blind Visionary

Virginia Jacko’s amazing odyssey shows you how to create greater personal and professional satisfaction in your own life by:

  • Reaching out aggressively – cultivating mentors, role models and potential partners
  • Acting on opportunities – taking action to meet challenges and overcome barriers
  • Not letting fear win – believing in yourself no matter what the naysayers might tell you
  • Keeping things in perspective – keeping your ego in check and your sense of humor intact

Doug Eadie

President & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, Inc., Doug Eadie assists superintendents in building rock-solid partnerships with their school boards.
Doug Eadie