Empowering Young Professionals of color with Katina Grays

Name: Katina Grays

Title: Managing Director | Data & Operations

Contact: @KatinaGrays | Linkedin | KatinaGrays@Gmail.com

Company: KIPP NYC

What They Do: oversees data for KIPP NYC schools. Test scores, clients, etc.  Managing building and making sure what is happening for the students are efficient. 

Originally From: The Washington, D.C. area.

College: Law School at Cornell, Business School at Michigan

Field of Study: communications, political science / gender studies

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A Few Notes From the Show:

  • KIPP NYC is part of a national network of charter schools.
  • Proud first generation college graduate in her family.
  • Talks about taking 1 year of absence from college because her dad was sick.  Thought it was going to be 1 year but ended up being 4 years before went back to college.
  • While at Law School learned about corporate law.  Didn’t know it existed.
  • Talking about her summers foreshadowing what her career would be. Spent half her time doing
  • I needed work with more meaning if I’m going to be fulfilled.
  • Went to Habitat For Humanity as a lawyer and came out in Operations.
  • We talk about the Broad Fellowship.
  • Can change careers as long as it aligns with where you want to go at that time.
  • Good discussion about what public education is for.
  • Be open to what others around you are helping you to see.
  • Talk to people.
  • Where you are today is not determinative of where you will go.
  • You determine your own path.
  • You get to choose your own path.  You don’t always know what you want, but you get to choose.
  • She can’t be happy in a job that doesn’t have meaning.

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