Jacqueline Rosa is Executive Director of Corporate Supplier Diversity at JPMorgan Chase. Prior to coming to the firm in 2011, she spent 12 years at Morgan Stanley, first as head of their Supplier Diversity Program and later expanding her responsibilities to include Global Diversity and Work-Life initiatives.
Before 1999, Ms. Rosa was a marketing manager for Creative Games International (CGI), an affiliate of GTECH – a global gaming company. During her eight years at CGI, Ms. Rosa negotiated gaming contracts for governments internationally and traveled the world, living in a number of countries, including Mexico, Japan and Russia.
A native of Spanish Harlem and the Bronx, Ms. Rosa was a recipient of A Better Chance scholarship. She attended The Taft Preparatory School in Watertown, Connecticut and Fordham University in New York City, majoring in Communications and Journalism.
1. Share the greatest impact of your childhood.
By far, the greatest impact of my childhood had to be becoming A Better Chance Scholar. While it was challenging to attend an elite New England prep school and leave home so young, I received an education and access to information and opportunities that was unparalleled. This experience changed my life forever. It opened my eyes to life out of my comfort zone and fueled my drive for success.
2. Define your experience growing up.
I grew up in the Bronx in a single parent household surrounded by family. The best thing my mother provided was a safe environment filled with love and focused on education, which was my ticket out of the inner city.
3. Tell us some of the challenges you’ve had to overcome.
This is a difficult question as I tend to look at the future instead of the past. However, my greatest challenge involves overcoming my self-doubts. I am my worst critic. This can be a difficult habit to break. Luckily, I have an amazing circle of sponsors and mentors.
4. What would you say was the greatest positive influence on your career?
The greatest positive influence on my career is a former manager combined with spending 10 years abroad experiencing diversity daily. This experience itself was an education as I resided in over 20 countries. My manager supported me 100% and ensured my success.
5. As an honoree, what do you hope that being a trendsetter will inspire you to accomplish?
It will further my passion to continue paying it forward and follow the motto of my alma mater, The Taft School, “Not to be served but to serve,” by launching a non-profit focused on education and entrepreneurship for inner-city young women possessing talent but often lacking access to information.