By Keith Miles
Jonathan Jones will graduate this spring from Florida A&M University (FAMU) with a double master’s degree in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management.
He was awarded a $10,000 fellowship as part of the inaugural class of Hennessy Fellows has accepted a full-time position with Louis Vuitton as a distribution planning manager. Jones finishes his MBA and MS in Supply Chain Management this Spring and has a perfect 4.0 GPA.
Jones, an Orlando, Fla., native, will be in charge of supplying leather goods, accessories, perfume and packaging for 25 Louis Vuitton stores across the U.S. Louis Vuitton is a part of the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy luxury goods company.
The Hennessy Fellows is a new program for students pursuing a master’s degree at historically Black colleges or universities (HBCU) in the U.S. This initiative is an outgrowth of a $10 million partnership between Hennessy and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The aim of the program is to annually prepare about 10 HBCU graduate students with the knowledge, skillsets and confidence needed to break barriers in the corporate world.
Jones said he and his other fellows have received great mentorship, networking opportunities and the keys to navigate in the corporate environment during the Hennessy Fellows experience.
“This program really puts us in a position of power and gets us where we should be,” he added.
Through the Hennessy Fellows program, he is launching a campaign and non-profit called “Just One Day,” that will attack homelessness through mental health. The mission of “Just One Day” is to provide a series of services that occur over one day aimed to promote self-esteem and galvanize social acceptance for those less fortunate.
Participants will also be provided with free hairstyling, nail salon/massage visit, care package, clothes and shoes, and a self-esteem building activity. By receiving the basic human necessities, cosmetics, and self-esteem building activities, the participants morale will be boosted and the journey toward mental health improvement will begin. By changing the way that the participants see society and how society views them we can begin to tackle homelessness.