Jason Carlos Rosado ’96

Wesleyan inspired me to "be the change you wish to see in the world."

While at Wesleyan, when I realized there was not much on-campus social space, I founded an organization and collective with Kimani Rogers '97 and Santi White '97 to find spaces on campus to do just that. When I realized there was not enough representation for students on color on the Wesleyan Student Assembly we created a coalition to elect 9 students to the union and I eventually became Treasurer of the Student Budget Committee. When we realized there was no organization for Latino men to be leaders in our community, we started the first Latino fraternity on campus with Wesleyan Trustee Miguel Guadalupe '98 and 4 other young men.

After college, the leadership skills I found in myself at Wes helped me co-found the La Unidad Latina Foundation while also becoming a Vice President by the ripe age of 27 at JP Morgan Chase. The global village that is Wesleyan's community inspired me to resign from my career in banking to travel around Latin America for 2 years where I ran into many other alumni along the way in Cuba, Argentina and Dominican Republic.

After a return stint in banking back in New York and achieving a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, I founded Givkwik, a social venture that helps companies engage customers and employees in their corporate philanthropy. Our technology helps major brands allow large groups of people to vote and decide how large grants should be directed to worthy causes in their communities. When I think about all the skills I need to be a successful CEO, I realize that a lot of those skills were found in myself in Middletown, CT at good ol' Wes.