Jessica Smith is both an alumna and staff member at Mason. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Communication in 2014 from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. As a student leader, her passion for advancing underserved communities emerged. Mason’s commitment to diversity and promoting open dialogue helped Jessica hone her unique voice and her desire to advocate for others. In her current role as Business Counselor for the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, she counsels, trains and equips women and minorities to become economically empowered through entrepreneurship. Her style is very encouraging and affirming, yet she’s not afraid to ask the hard questions and hit the uncomfortable topics. She is honored to be able to present to you today.