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Jill Jacinto -The Original Millennial Aerial Ellis
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What do you think is the worst misconception generally believed about millennials?

The worst misconception about millennials would have to be that we're smarter better faster, but weaker in strength and ability to endure trials and tribulations. I think millennials have a right now state of mind and not willing to wait for much.



What is your definition of a leader?


My definition of a leader is one who is able to lead his team to victory while making everyone else around him better. 



What are you most proud of in your career thus far?


I'm most proud of being able to impact so many lives in such a short span of bringing my vision to reality, we just celebrated four years of SoGiv-ing on October 20, 2015 and in less than a year we've been able to provide over 10,000 meals to homeless families in need through a strategic partnership with the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis, TN... Just one pair retailing at $50 provides 150 meals to families in need with another pair being donated to a local child in need... Our slogan/ hashtag is More Than A Shoe, because it's so much more than a cool shoe design, so that's kind of the ultimate to me in raising both awareness and giving back in a creatively impactful way in which we at SoGiv like to call SoGiv-ing.


What inspires you most to do the work that you do?


The thing that inspires me the most is the next cause and knowing that for so many there aren't any real cures or solutions, but if we can somehow contribute in finding cures and creating solutions through effective design and initiatives then I would say that we succeeded in doing our part.


What major impact do you see millennials making in the business and community?I think the major impact that I see millennial's making in the business and community would be that more and more companies and individuals are seeking ways to give back wether it be in supporting a local non-profit in dollar amount or volunteerism... I think we're staring to get it, and when I say get it I mean how to pay it forward a bit more than before.


What advice do you have for millennials about to enter the workforce?


The advice that I would give to millennial's about to enter the workforce would be to remember to remember, meaning to remember what got you there and what it will take to keep you there and rise higher than you were when you started. 



What makes you an original millennial?


I think the thing that makes me an original millennial is having the ability and courage to believe that I could create my own way in the shoe industry as a philanthropic designer/ social entrepreneur and make a bit of history in the process by becoming the word's first non-profit shoe design company which was so not in the books by the way, lol... I give all credit to God on that one, I just happened to be doing what he intructed me to do at the time.





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