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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?


I think we're perceived as self-centered, when in fact we are very intimately attuned to others and value being able to contribute to the needs of others.



What is your definition of a leader?


This is a fascinating, life-long question. I don't know if I can answer it yet, but I do hope that strong leaders are able to espouse humility and the sharing of responsibility of power rather than by force or usurpation.



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


I'm proud of the fact that I have been able to take positions that are service- and people-oriented. Further, I am proud that I have been able to impact individuals deeply (while I was a teacher) and globally (while I built a computer science education program at Google).



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


Ultimately, it boils down to maximizing the ability for each individual to realize their potential. Regardless of working with kids, adults, organizations, or whatnot, I'm inspired by the profound creativity and drive that humans have and I want to unleash that in as many people across the world as possible.



What major impact do you see millennials making in the business and community?


I see us wresting control of systems and history now, rather than waiting until some distant, ambiguous future. I think we don't believe we have to wait to start to make business, community, and ourselves better and I can't wait to see what that looks like in the decades to come.



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


Pursue the things you love and all else will follow.



What makes you an original millennial?


I'm an original millennial because I care about seeing my peers and community do well. I don't think that anyone should being suppressed because of lack of information or lack of resources (money, social capital, education, etc) and I am acutely aware of, and working to address, issues of race, class, and gender inequalities in America.


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