2016 FLYE alumni Jasmine Brunson caught up with Director of Operations, Adaya Powell to discuss her winning pitch for a virtual reality music streaming service, her recent graduation and plans for building on the interest sparked by her participation in FLYE as a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School.
VIO: Be on the lookout for that company in the App Store or Google Play soon enough. Jasmine’s entrepreneurial pitch for her company “Vision is Opulent”, was the winner of the May 2018 Pitch Gladiator Competition, sponsored by Capital One. With a focus on community, mental health, and her love of music, Ms. Brunson’s novel idea and corresponding presentation captured the $3,000 grand prize! Jasmine’s foray into the world of entrepreneurship began the summer of her sophomore year in high school with her participation in a biz camp housed at Howard University. During her senior year, she couldn’t help but notice the fly FLYE t-shirts (pun intended) being sported by the school’s football team. She queried as to how she could get a hold of the FLYE gear and that inquiry lead to FLYE adopting the ERHS Girls’ Basketball team. As a FLYE student-athlete she honed her innate business aptitude and picked up new skills and strategies during the sessions.
When asked, what has propelled the success she has experienced during her post-secondary ventures she credited a simple, yet crucial element for most in business: a planner and her corresponding calendar. Jasmine spoke on the tenants FLYE Executive Director, Cortni Grange ingrained in the teams regarding the importance of balancing the demands of athletics and the preparation for life off the court. She recently earned her Associates in General Studies from Prince George’s Community College and is eager to begin her pursuit of a Bachelor’s in Information Science from the University of Maryland- College Park. A self-proclaimed introvert channeled her inherent sense of business and passion for music into a growing network that is ready and primed to FLYE!