Meet our Chairperson


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Hi, I'm Jes!


Thanks for coming to my little corner of the Internet.  


While you're here, I hope to convince you that you have the inferred responsibility of privilege; as such, you must act with generosity and nobility toward those less privileged.


That's pretty heavy, I know.  But hang with me here...


The concept I speak of is derived from the  French term: noblesse oblige.  When translated into English the term means: "nobility obliges."  


When humans reach a level of success, their inner nobility must extend beyond mere entitlements.  A greater calling requires the person who holds such a status to fulfill social responsibilities.  


My family and I would like to level the playing field in tech & entertainment.  This is the focus of our altruistic calling, but we cannot do it alone.


As a matter of fact, I haven't even gotten to where I am now alone.  Here's my secret:

I could never have achieved this level of professional success in my career without two donated internships.

My first internship was with Donna Mizani, in Los Angeles.  The second was Cynthia Rowley in NYC.  Both internships were donated to charities who auctioned them to use the funds to further their causes.


With these new internships under my belt, paired with my tech chops earned as a consultant at IBM & Dell, I was ready to dive into highly compensated roles in startup tech fashion in Silicon Beach at NastyGal & TheReformation.


After smiling about my own good fortune, I eventually realized that not everyone has the resources to bid on an internship at auction.  I also noticed that tech (& media) struggle daily with the diversity of their workforce.


So, I combined the two ideas. 


Now, Diverse.org asks cool companies to donate internship experiences in pairs if possible, we auction one to cover our overhead and we award one for no money to a candidate that has a diverse background and a history of excellence.


I hope you'll come along with us.  This is going to be a really fun journey and I'm betting we launch a few eventual superstars.


Gratefully,


Jes