Jessica Washington is consistently chasing after her goals and it doesn’t look like she’ll slow down anytime soon. This self-proclaimed “sneaker head”, must have special shoes that allow her to keep running because she never finds herself with too much to do. After starting her MBA with another program, she decided the program wasn’t for her, so she left her life in D.C. and moved across the country to sunny San Diego. It took her almost no time to get settled as she immediately began an internship with Killowatt Events where she was the Operations Coordinator. Jessica was also an instrumental part in getting the women of SMBA involved with WISE (Women in Sports and Entertainment) where she was previously a member of the D.C. chapter. She currently serves on the sponsorship committee with WISE San Diego and is looking forward to continuing her involvement.
Feeling ready to tackle even more, Jessica has found more than enough time to volunteer consistently. While many of us worked one activation or internship during MLB’s All-Star FanFest, Jessica worked two activations. She worked with both Wasserman who was representing Scotts Lawn Care and Under Armour, where she helped create a fan-friendly atmosphere and executed an experiential marketing campaign. She has volunteered for a weekend with the Dew Tour as well as the ESPYs in Los Angeles. Jessica has also found the time to attend multiple conferences, most recently the SEAT (Sports and Entertainment Alliance in Technology) Conference in Las Vegas, NV.
I was also lucky enough to have Jessica as a roommate in the Dominican Republic, where we were able to get to know each other on a deeper level other than school. And as hard as Jessica works, she is also a terrific human being. Not afraid to put herself outside her comfort zone, she is always actively striving to better herself and won’t stop till she is at the top. It must be in the shoes! Congratulations on
Congratulations on Student of the Week, you deserve it.
Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate Degree: Communications
Favorites Sports Teams: Boston Celtics, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals
Favorite Sport(s) to Play: Basketball
Favorite Sports Movie: Silver Linings Playbook
What made you choose SDSU’s Sports MBA program?
I had been pursuing my MBA at another program a few years ago and really wasn’t engaged in the curriculum or the atmosphere. I found out about the Sports MBA program and decided it was a much better fit for me since I would be able to still get my MBA degree but also merge that with my passion for sports. I was really sold after coming to visit and interacting with the students from last year, the faculty, and many conversations with Scott. The small class size, the alumni network, and the opportunity to visit the Dominican Republic were some of the main determining factors.
What has been your most memorable experience so far in the SMBA program?
The Dominican Republic trip for sure! Before we left I didn’t know too much of what to expect but everything far exceeded my expectations. The experience was really life-changing and put a lot of things in perspective that we take for granted every day. Aside from learning all about the baseball culture in the Dominican, the most rewarding experience was talking to all the kids and spending the day playing games and learning more about them. Also, it was a great bonding experience for our class and brought us all much closer.
What do you hope to achieve while you’re a student in this program personally?
I want to use this small window of opportunity while in the program to get as much experience in the sports industry as possible before classes end. Coming in the program I had a strong idea of what I wanted to do but since then my plans have changed a great deal. This change came from learning so much about other opportunities I wasn’t aware of initially through our classes, numerous volunteer opportunities, and talking to several people working in the industry currently.
So far, what is your favorite class, and why?
Even though it just started a short time ago, my favorite class has been Business Strategy with Dr. Francis. After being in the program for two semesters, I’ve become very interested in strategy, consulting, and helping brands achieve their marketing goals. While we have only had two classes so far, I really enjoy our class discussions and looking forward to working on different business cases to come up with creative ways for different firms to solve their business problems.
What’s your advice for anyone who’s attempting to be the next ‘Student of the Week’?
Just be yourself and play to your strengths. Everyone in our class does something really well and has something to offer. When you keep pursuing your interests and goals really hard, people take notice and will help open the door for even more opportunity.