Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Jazmin Harling-Gray

Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School/Maryland Institute College of Art

I am an MBA/MA dual-degree candidate at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art. As an Army brat I spent my adolescent years traveling throughout the United States, eventually landing in Washington, DC where I pursued my Bachelor's Degree in English at Georgetown University. During my undergraduate studies I was an editor for an online multicultural magazine and a student leader in the Georgetown chapter of Chi Alpha. After graduating I began my career in the retail industry with Ann Taylor, where I oversee the operational activities of a chain location in northern Virginia. In my free time I enjoy solving nature puzzles and dancing.

What made you consider business school?

I've always had a hankering for problem-solving, decision making, and diversity-in-action. A year and a half ago I left the publishing industry to pursue these interests by working with women in a retail space. Now, I would like to take these interests to the corporate beauty industry and utilize them to create a space in beauty that upholds high standards of inclusivity and cultural awareness. An MBA will give me the hard and soft skills I need to accomplish this dream.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I'm most excited to be in a space with a diverse group of people that offer varying opinions and perspectives. I love hearing about the experiences and ideologies that make each person different.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

I'm most inspired by the Generation Z kids today that are brave enough to live their lives openly and without apology. Everyday I see new faces molding a pop culture environment that encourages a critical perspective of the world we live in and pushes the agenda for inclusive, safe spaces. I'm constantly amazed by how vocal and creative these kids are, and the change they have been able to enact. Specifically, the Parkland student activists David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez have inspired me to continue fighting for what I believe in.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'm terrified of bugs. If it's me, you, and a spider, you're killing it!

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