Advisory Board Member

Willie Jones

Businesswoman, Community & Workforce Development, Women for Progress

Jackson businesswoman Willie Jones is the president and CEO of Dependable Source Corp., a workforce development center that cultivates solutions to the transportation industry. Launched in 1995, Dependable Source Corp is a respected leader in the transportation industry.
Dependable Source Corp. of MS has provided experienced, professional and DOT certified commercial drivers to manufacturers, distributors and motor carriers throughout the South. Dependable Source Corp was recognized in 2016 as one of the Largest Minority Owned Businesses in Mississippi by the Mississippi Business Journal and its president, Jones, Top 50 Women in Business 2013.
Wille has committed to creating good career opportunities for Mississippians and has helped companies maintain an adequate supply of qualified employees such as experienced, professional DOT-certified commercial drivers to manufacturers, distributors and motor carriers throughout the South.  For over eight years (2011-2019), Willie Jones and Dependable Source Corp. Home Health provided quality in-home care to seniors and other clients who needed help with the activities of daily living. She degrees in Public Management from Millsaps College, Accounting from Santa Monica College, and Office Administration from Draughon’s Business School and a State Executive Development Institute Graduate from Mississippi State University.
She also has vast experience in advocating and supporting the upward mobility of all women. Since 2010, she has been the president of Women for Progress of MS, Inc., a community-service organization founded in 1978. Through the WFP organization, Willie also launched Lunch & Learn programs, created to motivate women and generate an open structure for information flow, economic development, political engagement, cultural advancement and community improvement. Willie is the creator and co-host of Women for Progress Radio Network, providing radio programming and podcasts to create dialogue which plugs the community into strategies which empower their audience to make a true difference for themselves and their neighbors.
Throughout the history, Women for Progress of MS, Inc. has sought to be a catalyst for change. They have a passion to seek true and effective solutions for community and our state.
In 2013, Willie graduated from Leadership Greater Jackson and was a Top Ten Finalist for 50 Leading Business Women in Mississippi. In 2016, her business was recognized on the Largest Minority Owned Businesses List, and she was selected as one of the Top CEOs in Mississippi in 2018 by the Mississippi Business Journal. The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi awarded Willie with the 2018 Women of Vision Award, and in 2019, she was selected as the EPWA Business Woman Honoree. She was also recognized as the 2019 Business Woman of the Year by Our Mississippi Magazine. She was a chair of Jackson Greater Chamber Vision 2022 and the Core City Small Business Committee, vice president and board member of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, and a member of Leadership Greater Jackson Alumni Association, Jackson Rotary Club International, American Heart Association and board members of the Hinds County Economic Development Authority and Jackson Arts Council.  
Willie Jones is married to Harold Tyree Jones (Retired USDA). Together, they are the parents of two children and five grandchildren and attend Anderson United Methodist Church. Jones is an avid golfer, traveler and community advocate.