Naveen Jindal School of Management Alumni Spotlight
From real estate to healthcare management, to information technology and finance, we are proud to shine a spotlight on some of our alumni whose career paths are representative of the many employment options to which a degree from the Naveen Jindal School of Management can lead. With more than 29,000 alumni, the Jindal School is impacting the culture of business in the U.S. and beyond.
The following JSOM graduate agreed to have his information posted. If you are an alumnus and willing to share your information, please contact Caroline Mandel, Assistant Director, Development Communications and Donor Relations.
At GMSA, I love working with small-business owners. It is inspiring to see their passion and excitement. I founded GMSA to assist startup and existing businesses that want to reach multicultural communities, services, churches and other organizations in the greater Austin metropolitan area. Our areas of focus include education, youth in the foster system, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs. I also love working with nonprofit organizations. When I am able to help a nonprofit organization take a vision and develop it into something that is community focused, that is when I am most proud.
On a personal note, I spent 12 years in the foster care system; so I am extremely passionate about helping youth in the foster care system. In 2004, I established the Write to Me foundation to help youth who have been affected by the foster system. Foster children do not choose to be in a foster home. Many children are in a foster home because something happened with their primary caregiver that necessitated the state to step in and care for the child. Once a child is in the foster system, I believe it is our level of support and care that determines the quality of [that child’s] future. Children need family and a consistent connection, and we need to provide that care as soon as possible.
I think it is very important to not get burnt out. As often as possible, we try to play golf, go fishing, read a new book, take a nap, eat good food and cook a nice meal. Free time should never be an afterthought. We always schedule our free time on our calendar, and Thursday night is always a date night.
Secondly, pursue things you are passionate about and offer your assistance in situations where others may hold a certain passion. When you help someone who is passionate about an idea, be very clear about what you are willing to do and share how your participation will help. People respect passion even if they do not share the same cause. You should know beyond a shadow of a doubt why you get up and get dressed every single morning. This reminds me to appreciate every day that God has given me.
Thirdly, be selective concerning close personal relationships. Everyone you come into contact with cannot be your close friend. People will come in and out of your life, and some will make a lasting impact and others may make a short impact. Unfortunately, some will not make a positive impact. When you find yourself in negative situation, remember your foundation and personal beliefs and give yourself permission to walk away.
It is important to place yourself in a fluid arena with people who care about humanity. You have to be willing to see yourself in the eyes of others and willing to accept change, even when you are not the author of that change. However, [your moral boundaries] need to be consistent. Leaders will be judged by what they have done; although, leaders create the past by what they do in the present for humanity.… I believe the ultimate test of a leader is what you do when no one but God is watching.
Gigi was featured in the August 2011 issue of Austin Woman Magazine. Read the story here.