Jenna Laube

As interviewed by Lola Galindo DeLeon, March 15, 2018

Jenna Laube: In Her Own Words

When I was in high school I would always volunteer. Then I guess it was two or three years, yeah, after college, that I like sat one day, you know, I was just like ‘why am I not volunteering anymore. I used to love doing that.’ And so I just did a search in my area for volunteer groups, and Junior League was the first one that popped up.

One of the things that the league does is train women to be leaders. So I’ve gotten to be a leader within Junior League and manage committees with lots and lots of different personalities.

I think my work has really shown me a different side of Baltimore. And the more of Baltimore I see the more issues I see, the more, you know, challenges I see, the more liberal I guess I lean.

My particular chapter, there are 300, 350 women. And as I get to know more and more them, I just get more and more, like, grateful and thankful that people like them exist in the world. They’re all very strong women, they're all very interested in growing and becoming, you know, more of a leader and more passionate about doing good work in the community. We all have our different, you know, passion projects, if you want to call them that. But it’s been really good to know, like, okay yeah there are some crappy things that happen in the world, but at the end of the day, there are so many people [who want to make a difference]. Volunteering has given me a lot of I guess hope, for the future and where everything is headed.

We’ve always had a very strong Kids in the Kitchen program, and what that did was get kids in the area, we would go to different festivals. We would go, we would have a booth and we would have games to show kids healthy eating and how to do fitness. At these different festivals, these, you know, four and five-year-olds are running up to us. And they’re like, you know, dragging their parents back over and they’re playing all these little, you know, fuzzy dice games, and trying to do jumping jacks and, you could see that they had never been exposed to it before, and that they were proud of themselves for learning.

As a professional engineer, you’re really held to strict standards when it comes to ethics. You can’t have any grey area, you can’t be compromised in any way. Everything that you stamp and seal with your name and your signature, and you date it, that’s you saying, 100% I worked on this, I know the math behind it, I know the risks involved. The ethics is always, always top of mind.