Posted on 05 October 2015
Meet Jess. This blonde, legs-for-days #womanontherise has traveled all over the world ever since childhood; with a baseball star dad and a Swedish mother, she split her time between Southern California and Stockholm before moving to rural New Hampshire to attend Dartmouth College as a student athlete, where she balanced an intense academic schedule with the demands of being a champion competitor on the track team. Upon graduation, Jess did not slow down, or stop traveling. Never one to be afraid to test out new places and career paths, Jess worked as a Senior Associate at Parthenon, a high-powered consulting firm, in both London and Boston, and then did a stint in New York in the Global Digital Strategies and Initiatives department at Starwood. After taking a leap of faith on an internship at Sparks, a brand experience and event marketing agency where she found her true calling, she is now pursuing her MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management on a full scholarship. So yes, Jess is pretty impressive. But, perhaps in part thanks to her SoCal upbringing, she's also super down-to-earth, which made our Rise shoot and interview such a blast. Read on for our full Q&A.
Rise City Swim: What keeps you busy during the week?
Jess R: Monday through Thursday, I’m taking classes; I’m focusing on marketing in the entertainment and events sector. Outside the classroom, networking events have a big presence in the business school environment. Whether it’s meeting with companies from the LA startup scene, large CPG companies, the faculty, or just with fellow classmates, there never seems to be a dull moment.
RCS: What’s your idea of a day well spent?
JR: A day well spent is one in which you’ve been able to exercise creativity. Following your passion and being creative along the way is the key to maintaining happiness and satisfaction.
RCS: When do you feel your best?
JR: I feel my best when I am being independent and fearless. My favorite trip was in January 2014, when I went on a month-long solo trek through Australia. I came back feeling energized and ready to conquer the world, and more inclined to take chances in life. When it comes to clothing, I feel my best in a Rise bikini top and high-waisted shorts.
RCS: What's next on your bucket list?
JR: Travel and exploration are what truly makes me happiest, so it’s no surprise that my bucket list is geared towards new places. I’m all about ancient ruins, so my bucket list includes Egypt, Pompeii, Petra, Machu Picchu, and Tulum.
RCS: What’s your proudest accomplishment?
JR: Most recently it’s being named a Forte Fellow at UCLA Anderson and receiving a full scholarship for potential as a female leader.
Jess on Finding Happiness:
"Following your passion and being creative along the way is the key to maintaining happiness and satisfaction."
RCS: What advice do you have for other young women?
JR: Follow your passions. If you dream about doing something, take the necessary steps to get yourself there…but be patient at the same time. One belief I stand by wholeheartedly is that good things happen to good people. So trust in yourself and know that making a plan will go a long way.
RCS: How do you relate to the mission at Rise City Swim?
JR: I’m not afraid to go after my dreams, and I think that’s something all Women on the Rise have in common. It’s crucial to keep setting goals for yourself, and I strive every day to reach mine. My past professional experiences, travel adventures to over 30 countries, and cultural ties to, and upbringing in, Sweden serve as strong sources of inspiration and encourage me to drive change and leave a legacy in the world of events and experiential marketing.
RCS: What’s next?
JR: Next on the docket will be a summer MBA internship oriented towards the marketing function in either the sports or entertainment verticals. Interspersed with that will be lots of travel, both internal and domestic. Then comes the decision on what role to take on and what geographical region to live in post-business school. I’m open to embracing change and taking on new challenges ahead!