Hello Family! Five years ago today, September 12, 2014, I officially became a CEO! Many of you have been there with me every step of the way from when I started tutoring math out of my apartment. Then, to planning events and speaking on the importance of diversity in Technical education from an Artistic perspective with The STEAM Collaborative. On to learning more about business through graduating my MBA program with a 4.0 and as Student of the Year. Today, I have the honor to officially launch my new Social Brand, Jas:Maven, specializing in Connecting the Right People. Thank you God for giving me the vision that is much greater than this and for ordering every step along the way! Thank you family, friends, and collabors for your support as I continue to serve you and pay it forward.
What an honor it was to lead a Fireside Chat with the League of Extraordinary Scientists and Engineers as a part of EXPO Day during the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering for the Second Year!
Thanks to my Friends and Collabors who were also able to attend my Chat “In a visually unbalanced career field, Jasmine artistically engineers a new perspective on diversity.”
Eternally grateful for Jeane and the team at LXS and the ongoing “Science-ing” opportunities to meet the coolest nerds I’ve ever met!
Please share your journey with us, and feel free to ask questions about our journey!
Thank you to my wonderful MBA program at Point Loma Nazarene University for encouraging continued growth for The STEAM Collaborative in creating this slide in the Pitch Deck for BUS676 New Venture Creation as part of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Concentration!
Sept. 12, 2015
This year has been the most fantastic journey of my life. I now know that I was not made to do anything different than Adorn the already beautiful lives of people. Adorn really comes from my initial vision for the business, Math Tutoring. I never intended to be a teacher, but I wanted to add to the lessons already given. During my initial evaluation as a tutor, I have students bring their books, notes, exams, and homework. From these, I am able to get a better understanding of what their teacher has already taught them and how I can Adorn that instruction. This way, the student understands their current material, and I teach them concepts that will allow them to excel in the classroom.
The biggest lesson: Follow God
Usually, when I introduce my company as “Adorn The World”, I would get the yeah… okay… World? look. Even before I knew how it would happen, I declared that I would impact the world. Through following God’s instructions to tap into the miracles that he has already placed into my life, Adorn The World was sponsored to teach and mentor at an engineering summer camp in The Bahamas! Some of the first year’s major accomplishments are:
- Hack.IT Bahamas Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Track Lead for 50 high school students with STEMBoard
- The Keynote speaker at Harriet Tubman Village Charter School 8th grade graduation
- Speaking to 50 girls ages 10-13 and their moms about being a woman engineer, and leading a hands-on activity with Girls, Inc. of San Diego
- The featured Girls Mean Business, S.T.E.M. presenter on KUSI News – Good Morning San Diego, Tech Tuesday segment
- NCNW San Diego S.T.E.M. Workshop -Engineering Presenter for 100 girls grades 4th-9th.
- Caterpillar African American Network Solar Turbines – Engineers Week Chair
- Tutoring at Hancock Elementary School
- Volunteering at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and The New Children’s Museum
- Ask a Solar Engineer – Discussion for non-engineers
- National Engineers Week – San Diego Awards Banquet
- MATHCOUNTS Competition Volunteer Evaluator
- Interview and commercial spotlight for Painting and Vino
- Instructor’s Assistant for In Him We Move – Liturgical Dance Conference and Concert
- Attended Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil and Motown the Musical
- Attended many inspirational Concerts: Donald Lawrence, Tamela Mann, Erica Campbell, Rahsaan Patterson, Lalah Hathaway, Algebra, Anthony David, Miguel, Brian McKnight, Fantasia, Raheem DeVaughn, Kem, Toni Braxton, Maxwell, R.Kelly
- Attended the Sunday worship experience at The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX
I am most excited to announce that days before renewing my first company, Adorn The World, I began my my second company!! Psalm 150 Orchestra was established September 9, 2015! I am really excited about this vision that God has given me to take Adorn Artistry to another level.
Please leave your comments and current or future affiliation with Adorn The World below. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! It is invaluable, and I really appreciate it.
During my presentation to NSBE at San Diego State University, I informed some of the students of my work experience and how I landed those jobs. The majority of the positions began through my leadership and involvement with the National Society of Black Engineers. Below is a brief summary of my career progression:
2004 (summer before freshman year) – I simply registered for a summer program where the main part was working for a local company and taking intro math and programming classes
2005 (during freshman year) – I continued to work at the company 10 hours weekly.
2006 (summer before junior year) – I met the company at the 2006 NSBE National Convention career fair booth and on-site interview.
2006 (off school for a semester) – At the same 2006 NSBE Convention, someone from a different sector of the same company extended a co-op position.
2007 (summer before 0.5 junior year) – I was offered a different internship with the same summer 2006 company.
2008 (summer before 0.5 senior year) – At 2008 NSBE Convention, I attended an invitation-only hospitality suite reception. After talking to some of the employees, I was escorted to the hallway where HR was set up with a laptop and emailed me an offer letter.
2009 (final semester) – I walked into the International Program in Engineering Office and applied for their study abroad assignment in Hong Kong. After I was accepted I asked the process for them to pay for my flight and was approved.
[With all of my internships, I already had 1 full year of engineering work experience! ]
2010 (1st full time position) – After applying online, I had an interview via Skype while still in Hong Kong. I was denied that position. After returning home a similar position came up, and they contacted me for that one with no need to interview again.
2012 (MBA opportunity, declined) – I received a mass email for a scholarship opportunity. After researching the school, I decided to call (not email) the scholarship chairperson. After finding out he was the Dean of the program and other common interest, he instructed me to take the GMAT and apply. I studied for 1 month (since that was the application deadline) and took it. I was offered acceptance to the university and a full tuition scholarship for my MBA in Entrepreneurship.
2012 (2nd full time position) – During the 2012 NSBE Convention, I was on the NSBE Regional Board and was enjoying the Technical Professionals Conference. Without concern of landing a new job, I decided to walk around the career fair to greet old friends. Upon asking one about her current career, she gave rave reviews and offered me an interview. I interviewed with an HR manager and the Director of Engineering in my dream location, San Diego. After 4 total interviews, I received my offer letter the same week as I received the MBA scholarship letter. After lots of prayer, I determined that I was not ready for school, and that I wanted to further my engineering career. It has been one of the best decisions I have made in my entire life!