I'd definitely give women today advice to continue to move forward with their personal goals despite what could be going on around them and to not to lose sight of their purpose, whether professional, personal, or family goals. To continue to be encouraged and to not let discouraging individuals take control of their minds. The loudest voice that should be heard should be theirs.
Jasmine Jina Ortiz was born in 1979, and raised in New York City. She comes from both a Latino and an African American background; her parents are both from the Dominican Republic. She moved to Worcester, MA to attend Clark University as an undergraduate. She earned an MFA form Pine Manor College. Since then, Jasmine has taught at Quinsigamond Community College and Becker College. She also works for Keller Williams Realty as a realtor. Through her work at Keller Williams, Jasmine has been able to increase the number of Latinos buying homes and commercial property in Worcester by a significant amount. She has also done a lot of volunteer work throughout the city over the years, especially work supporting the rights of women. She was a recipient of the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award in 2016. Jasmine addresses the role of women in the Worcester community in her interview: “I don’t know if I can speak for all women generally, but I can speak for myself. … For industries where women can actually do very well financially, we’re still not as represented as I would like.” Through her teaching, real estate agency, and volunteer work, Jasmine is pushing to make a difference in the lives of women, especially women in Worcester.