Named a House Beautiful Next Wave Designer and Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential, Founder and Principal Designer Rasheeda Gray’s design journey began after a decade long c-suite career in Marketing. Rasheeda holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Business, a design certification from Temple University and a Master of Business Administration, (MBA). Rasheeda’s community-based work includes mentoring design students from Drexel University, New York School of Interior Design, Temple University and more. She is a guest speaker at many career days across Philadelphia, has spoken to corporations like PECO/Exelon, Business and Women's empowerment conferences, and has donated design services to local school teacher’s lounges in partnership with PTOs in the Philadelphia area. Rasheeda is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and also serves the co-founder of Gray Real Estate Group, a real estate development company, along-side her husband, Jake. Together they have two children, Jacob Jr. and Kennedy.
Rasheeda Gray's Bio
Rasheeda's work has been celebrated across many media outlets including A&E’s Sell This House, HGTV’s Flea Market Flip and various publications including Robb Report, Architectural Digest, Boston Globe, Better Homes & Gardens, Elle Decor, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer as well as a resident design expert on Good Day Philadelphia.
Entrepreneurship may be the latest fad but is it for everyone? According to the Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey, 41% of college students have intentions to start their own business. In 2020, venture capital investments in companies founded by college students, reached a record high of $1.5 billion, with over 200 deals closed, according to data from PitchBook.
PRESENTATION: Is Entrepreneurship for Everyone?
These statistics highlight the increasing interest and impact of entrepreneurship for college students. As more universities recognize the value of nurturing entrepreneurial mindsets and providing support for student entrepreneurs, college students continue to play a significant role in shaping the entrepreneurial landscape. But is Entrepreneurship for Everyone?
Rasheeda Gray, MBA became an entrepreneur in her mid-30's and is on a mission to help students uncover their hidden entrepreneurship drive sooner. She shares her journey to entrepreneurship, helps students to uncover if entrepreneurship is right for them and shares the keys to being a successful entrepreneur.
1. Uncover the real truth behind entrepreneurship.
2. Assess your entrepreneurial skills.
3. Develop your entrepreneurial streak.
4. Identify actionable steps to build your entrepreneur resume.
PRESENTATION: Respect Relationships (R&R) - The power of relationship building in landing your dream job
According to HubSpot, 85% of jobs are filled through networking and 80% of professionals consider networking vital to their career success, according to LinkedIn. Relationships can play a major role in helping college students land job opportunities and build their careers. The tools of networking, building real connections, being a member of professional and greek organizations and even online networking can accelerate career growth. Rasheeda Gray, MBA attributes over 30% of her company's revenue to relationships and her first major career move to the same... and wants to share her top keys to successful relationship building.
1. Identify the importance of relationship building.
2. Discover the 4 relationships you need to build a successful career.
3. Describe ways to keep relationships going beyond the classroom.