Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Jada Linton, Indiana University (Kelley)

Jada Linton 

Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

“Passionate marketer dedicated to radiating positivity and fearlessly choosing joy in all career endeavors.”

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Fun Fact About Yourself: I made history at the University of Kentucky and was crowned the first Black Homecoming Queen in 2017.

Undergraduate School and Major:  The University of Kentucky, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Most Recent Employer and Job Title:

Employer: Inspirato

Job Title: Personal Vacation Advisor Lead, Team Colorado 2

In the second half of the year, you will be completing an Academy devoted to areas like Marketing, Finance, Operations, Digital Enterprises, and more. Which Academy interests you the most and why? The Consumer Marketing Academy and Business Marketing Academy interest me the most because my superpower is driving brand awareness. My ultimate goal is to work at an innovative company that’s committed to delivering unique branding to its customers. I am excited to explore my marketing and branding interests while at Kelley.

Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Indiana Kelley’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? I chose Kelley’s MBA program because I want to be a marketing expert. Upon graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I became a registered dietitian. By working with patients, I learned how to provide exceptional customer care. In my next role, I pivoted from science to business — marketing all things peanuts and peanut butter at the National Peanut Board. During my time at National Peanut Board, my passion for marketing soared, and I decided to hone my business skills at a top MBA school. So, when I started researching graduate programs and chatting with Kelley students, I knew this program would be perfect for me.

What course, club or activity excites you the most at Indiana Kelley? I am excited about the Food Club. Surprisingly, Bloomington, Indiana has the most restaurants per capita. I am excited to meet new people and create meaningful relationships while enjoying delicious food!

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment in my career so far is creating the first Future of Dietetics Dinner in my previous role with National Peanut Board. I wanted to bridge the gap in our offerings to students, so I started a networking dinner where students who were interested in becoming dietitians had the opportunity to chat with industry stakeholders, small business owners, and other registered dietitians. I’m glad I was able to allow students to learn more about careers in dietetics.

What is one thing you have recently read, watched, or listened to that you would highly recommend to prospective MBAs? Why? I recently read James Clear’s Atomic Habits, and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve their habit formation. During the pandemic, I worked from home for two years. I fell into a slump where I was unmotivated and struggled to adhere to a routine. This book clarified that time management is critical to maintaining a positive quality of life. This book helped me commit to behavioral changes and prioritize my mental health.

What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Indiana Kelley’s MBA program? 

1. Be yourself and allow your personality to shine through your application essays and interviews!

2. Reach out to current students to learn more about their experience at Kelley to see if it would be an excellent fit for you.

3. If you are passionate about enhancing diversity and inclusion in global business education, consider applying to Kelley’s MBA program through The Consortium!


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