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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Jessica Reese-White

University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business

I grew up in The Bronx, New York City (Go Yankees!) and attended Stuyvesant Highschool. I then attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where I majored in Business Management. After college I worked in technology consulting focusing on software quality assurance utilizing data analysis tools, test automation tools, and managing user testing projects. My most recent role has been in data integration, extracting data from companies ERP systems to allow them to make smart and effective decisions. Outside of work I volunteer as a mentor with the NBMBAA, play in a local kickball league and read.

What made you consider business school? I've been working in technology and technology consulting for several years on the engineering side of things. In my experience I found that we were often in a reactionary position, responding to bugs and product change requests. I have an interest in being on the other side with the opportunity to plan the life-cycle and trajectory of the product or service. In particular I'm interested in the applications of user data analytics to influence the direction that a product should take.

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

I am most excited about connecting with my fellow classmates. Texas McCombs has an incoming class with very diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I'm also excited for the opportunities for experiential learning through MBA+ projects. These projects will give me the chance to develop the skills I'll be learning through the program in a work environment before I start a full-time role.

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

One leader who inspires me is Leanne Pittsford. She founded and leads an organization the has built a community in the technology community that is both inclusive and support of the growth of LGBT women. I aspire to one day be a leader in a large organization who is empowered and capably of doing the same from an internal role.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'm always learning something new, whether that's how to solve a rubix cube, meditation or leadership skills. I think being seeking out knowledge and learning new things is important whether big or small. You never know when that something new will be applicable to something in your life.