2017 Best & Brightest: Jade Mulvaney, University of Florida (Warrington)

Jade Mulvaney

University of Florida, Warrington College of Business

“I know describing yourself with puns are cheesy, but I personally think it’s really grate…”

Fun fact about yourself: President Barack Obama follows me on Twitter. Now that he has some more free time, I plan to direct message him and ask him to go to lunch with me when I move to Washington D.C – stay tuned.

Hometown: Melbourne, Florida

High School: West Shore Jr./Sr. High School         

Major: Marketing and Information Systems

Minor: Retailing

Favorite Business Courses: Consumer Behavior, Introduction to Information Systems, Principles of Marketing, and Business Law

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

  • Student Committee Member/Representative – Chosen as the only student to represent the 6,700 students in the College of Business throughout the search for the College’s next dean
  • Florida Leadership Academy – Chief of Staff
  • Career and Academic Peer Mentor
  • Grace Marketplace – Provided career consulting for the local homeless population
  • Co-Instructor for introductory business course
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • Florida Leadership Academy – Mentor
  • Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Information Systems
  • GatorTech – Vice President of Marketing
  • Savant Leadership Honorary – Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award
  • Freshman Leadership Council – Civic Engagement Committee
  • Student Government – Assistant Supervisor of Elections
  • Student Government – Assistant Director for Leadership Development Cabinet
  • Warrington College of Business Dean’s List

Where have you interned during your college career?

  1. Nielsen, Chicago, IL – Marketing Effectiveness Intern
  2. Northrop Grumman, Melbourne, FL – Business Management Intern
  3. Wells Fargo, Gainesville, FL – Sales Intern
  4. Pink Narcissus, Gainesville, FL – Store Management Intern

Describe your dream Job…My dream job is a job where I am positively impacting the lives of consumers through my work, every day. A job where I am constantly learning and using that knowledge to provide experiences, services, and/or products that will improve the lives for people all over the world.

What did you enjoy most about majoring in a business-related field?

Two things:

  1. Breadth – The breadth of knowledge that I have gained is incredible. While marketing and information systems is at the core of what my business-related knowledge consists of, I have also gained a great understanding of a variety of fields/industries within business.
  1. Opportunity – I don’t think there are many degrees that are as versatile and as conducive to opportunity as a business degree is. Even looking back on my own work experience, I have interned in finance, retail, military defense, and marketing/data professional services; and will be starting my career doing federal technology consulting. Not one of my experiences has been similar to another, but the transferable skills and knowledge I have been able to gain has been pivotal to my current (and I’m sure to my future) success.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? Never lose sight of what is right, of what is ethical, and of the people you are serving. It is easy to get caught up in revenue, profit, and reputation – but these things will never be more important than doing what is right.

Where would you like to work after graduation? After graduation, I will be working at Deloitte in Washington D.C. as a Federal Business Technology Analyst.

What are your long-term professional goals? I plan to continue with consulting for a few years, and strengthen my technical skills and knowledge while also building my client-facing experience. A few years later, after I have provided meaningful value for my company and our clients, I hope to pursue a career at Google (or a similar technology company) where I will focus my efforts on consumer analytics and marketing strategy.

“I knew I wanted to major in business when…after considering a few career options, my first instinct wasn’t to look up common salaries or to even think about my earnings potential when it came to pursuing business. I just wanted to do what excited me, and if I was doing something that was exciting and that I was passionate about – that’s what mattered the most.”

“If I didn’t major in business, I would be…Pre-law and studying for the LSAT. As to what my specific major would be? Perhaps advertising or industrial engineering.”

“Before I entered business school, I wish I had known…how much there is to learn and experience if you choose to open your mind, push your boundaries, and explore new opportunities. While I believe I did this throughout my time in business school, especially during the last two years, I wish I had realized this even earlier.”

What was the happiest moment of your life? The happiest moment of my life, thus far, is when I got accepted to attend the University of Florida. In that moment, I knew that life as I knew it, would dramatically change – that I would have to be independent and learn more about myself and what I am passionate about; and that I would be introduced to people, knowledge, and opportunities that would challenge me, excite me, and help me to become the person I am today. I knew that I would have an incredible experience here at UF, but now as my time here comes to a close, I realize that my experience here has been nothing short of life changing (in the best way).

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of being selected to represent my 6,700 peers as the only student on the Warrington College of Business’ Dean Search Committee. It has been 26 years since our college has acquired a new dean – a time span that is greater than the amount of years I’ve been on this earth. And while 26 years is a long tenure, it’s exciting to think that I could play a role in establishing the next 26 years of leadership for my college.  It has been one of the greatest honors of my college career to represent my fellow students, to have an influence and impact on the future of the College of Business, and to also serve and give back to the college that has given me so much over the last few years.

What animal would you choose to represent your professional brand?

An elephant:

  1. Because they have been a long time favorite animal of mine.
  2. A while back, I read an article on LinkedIn that discussed leadership traits we all can learn from female elephants. It mentioned that female elephant leaders (and really both male and female elephants, according to my own research) do not emerge due to an aggressive or dominant personality, but because of the respect they earn from other elephants through their intelligence and problem solving.
  3. Elephants are known to be team players, empathetic, and faithful.

Who would you most want to thank for your success?

My parents – hands down. I have so many great mentors I have been fortunate enough to receive at the University of Florida, but before I even had the privilege of stepping foot onto this campus, there were (and still are) two people that believed in me from the day I was born. Everything I am and every opportunity I’ve had is because of their love, support, encouragement, wisdom, and sacrifice. Thank you, Mom and Dad.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program? That I led with a great sense of humility, passion, and purpose. That I was someone who truly cared about the future of this college and every single one of its students. That I took the time to mentor, to listen and understand, and to help. And lastly, that I made a positive impact on the lives of many, or even great impact on the lives of a few.

Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Favorite movie: Ratatouille (Doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from: you can be great.)

Favorite musical performer: I don’t necessarily have a favorite, but I do enjoy performances by Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, and Adele. (Cliché, I know.)

Favorite vacation spot: Jamaica – beautiful beaches and culture, with delicious food to top it off. (Disclaimer: I am Jamaican; so there might be slight bias with this answer.)

What are your hobbies? With taking on a lot of involvement and a busy schedule throughout college, my hobbies have transitioned to more of the “simple things” in life:

  • Watching HGTV and developing my keen interest for real estate (I have both the Zillow and Realtor.com apps on my phone – I like to browse through various investment properties and/or future homes)
  • Going on a drive/scooter ride around town on nice days – I always find something new about the city that I’ve spent the last three and a half years in.
  • Staying current with technology news and also being an up-to-date user – I love trying new gadgets and I usually get the new iPhone every year
  • Planning – I really enjoy sitting down and planning things out; whether that be a hopeful career path, a savings plan, or even potential business ventures to pursue

What made Jade such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2017? “Jade Mulvaney is as dedicated and committed as any student leader I have encountered. Here in the Heavener School, we challenge our students to focus on academics, but also develop as leaders. We have a “pay it forward” philosophy that Jade has totally embraced. Jade has taught and mentored more than 150 students in her role as a co-instructor for the “Intro to Business” course. As a Career and Academic Peer (CAP) Mentor, she has assisted countless students with building their resumes, personal statements, mock interviews and career commercials. Jade is a graduate of the Florida Leadership Academy (FLA), a year-long leadership and career development program for the top 100 sophomores in our college. In her junior year, she served as a mentor to 10 students in the FLA class that succeeded hers. She now serves as the Chief of Staff of the FLA Advisory Board, providing superior leadership and guidance to four directors and 20 other board members. Jade has really cemented her legacy of leadership and service here in the Heavener School of Business (Warrington College of Business). We will miss her!”

Horace S. Tucker, MA, GCDF
Associate Director, Heavener School of Business
Warrington College of Business
University of Florida


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