Jasmine Griner, B.S. '11, is employed at one of the world's most distinguished organizations focused on the issues pertaining to extreme poverty: the World Bank. At the institution's Washington, D.C. offices, Griner uses skills she honed at the University of Baltimore to improve lives around the world. And the junior professional associate in the Office of the Vice President for the Sustainable Development Network is happy to talk about what UB showed her in helping the Bank promote environmental, social, and fiscal sustainability.
"I feel like I'm in the forefront of change for the better in accomplishing the Bank's mission of eradicating extreme poverty," Griner said. "I love helping people and knowing that because of what I am doing, someone else is able to survive for another day."
As an international business major at UB, Griner spent four years preparing for the job she has today. She made the most of her college experience as an active member of UB's Leadership program, the Marketing Club, the Finance Society and the Digital Designs Guild, and she held a part-time campus job and an internship at the World Trade Center Institute. Griner also found ways to build her personal and professional network.
According to Anthony Butler, associate director of Leadership and Community Engagement, Griner was the type of student who had both clear goals and the motivation to accomplish them.
"Jasmine consistently found new ways to explore leadership and push the envelope on her own potential," Butler said. "She took advantage of numerous workshops and retreats to deepen her leadership skills, and as her knowledge grew, she also facilitated presentations. Her passion for international business was clear from the beginning, and she often talked about her desire to work at the World Bank."
Griner attributes many of the faculty and staff at the University in helping her meet her educational and personal objectives, and she believes that this is a benefit of a smaller campus like UB. She also points out that UB's Leadership program helped her bolster the skill set that she uses every day in her professional career.
"I cannot stress enough the power of networking and meeting people," she said. "I loved attending UB's various student events, especially the events held by the Merrick School of Business. By attending these events, I was able to network with people who motivated me while also making new friends."
Griner is certainly making the most of all of her current opportunities and is always thinking about ways to help others to better their lives.
This Merrick School of Business alumni profile was added in January 2014.