This founder and entrepreneur has not only made history at NASA, but is also making big strides in the technology education industry and has been featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 list! Jerelyn is one of the founding members of the Datanaut program at NASA and is also a co-founder of The Knowledge House. Help us celebrate our historic #IGOW by reading more facts about her below!
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?
I would love to have lunch with Ava Duvernay. I am so inspired by what she has accomplished despite being a filmmaker of color who is female. Along with serving my community via social entrepreneurship, I think it's so important for us to tell their story. When They See Us was a movie that changed my life and motivated me to do more to achieve social justice. But not only is Ava telling the stories of our communities, she is also hiring people of color to work with her on set. I'd love to thank her for her work and keep learning from her
Have you ever felt like you couldn't accomplish something, but surprised yourself? If so, please share.
Not really. I truly believe that if I put my mind towards achieving anything, I can do it. My biggest challenge is fitting everything I want to accomplish into my busy schedule. I do get a feeling of gratification anytime I get closer to achieving work/life balance.
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What's the most embarrassing moment you've experienced in a professional setting?
One day I was working from home and my dad was helping me with some handy work in the kitchen. While I was in the middle of a morning check-in call with a colleague, he stopped by my home office and asked me if I had taken a shower yet. My colleague found it hilarious as I yelled back, "Oh my God, Dad!!"
How can people find you? Are you on social media?
Yep! I'm @Jerelyn_R on Twitter and Instagram and you can find out more about The Knowledge House by visting our website theknowledgehouse.org.