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Jo Watson Hackl is a writer, an attorney, and the Founder of Outdoorosity.org. Her novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe (Random House Children's Books), received the Southern Book Prize and has been named an “Indie Next” pick by the American Booksellers Association and an Okra pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. A first-generation college graduate, Jo and her team have worked with experienced educators to develop extensive resources to help students improve writing skills in the classroom and beyond, with a focus on at-risk students. Jo also works with educators to help incorporate nature into the school day. Jo has presented to over 10,000 students and educators. Jo is a Liberty Fellow and serves as a board member of the Hollingsworth Foundation, the Greenville Center for Creative Arts, Camperdown Academy, and as a mentor to start-up companies through the MIT NEXT Venture Mentoring Service. Jo also serves as a Commissioner on the Greenville Technical College Area Commission. She is also an attorney with Wyche, P.A., where she concentrates her practice in corporate law. Jo is the recipient of the Richard Riley Award, the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono Award, the Tommy Thomason Award, the Ruth Nicholson Award, the Athena Award, and the Peace Center for the Performing Arts Philanthropist of the Year award. Jo received her JD from Yale University Law School and her Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College. She is a Fellow of the third class of the Liberty Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.