Paving a road for the next generation of leaders
A leader in the IT business world, Jones is also a leader promoting diversity and inclusion in technology and STEM. He serves as a mentor in the Carey Business School Leading a Diverse Society program, a mentor-match initiative supporting Carey’s underrepresented part-time students.
“I have always informed my company how to connect with a diverse community. I always want to volunteer to be that bridge between academia and industry. I want to bring students into the network I’ve developed and expose them to a network they may not know about,” said Jones.
Jones has introduced his mentees to many of his own business connections and sets up virtual coffee chats to expose mentees to different career paths and opportunities.
Jones also credits his Leading a Diverse Society involvement with opening doors to secure himself a board seat at the Wendell Scott Foundation, a non-profit that provides mentoring, job skill training, and educational opportunities to underrepresented youth.
“Participation in the Johns Hopkins Leading a Diverse Society program meant something,” he said. “The Wendell Scott Foundation saw it and said, ‘We see you’re making an impact at Johns Hopkins. Can you help us, too?’”
For Jones, it’s not enough to just guide underrepresented students to STEM. To truly see gains for underrepresented communities, he wants STEM students to combine their love for technology with an eye for innovation to make a lasting impact and lead their fields.
“Through the non-profit work, we are steering students grades 7-12 into STEM,” said Jones. “At Johns Hopkins, I learned how to harness the entrepreneurial spirit around technology. That is the mindset and skillset that I want to pass on.”
This story was originally published on December 21, 2020