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Life & Work with Andrea Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Jones.

Hi Andrea, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
My story begins with my own life experiences. As a student at Western High School, I was active in organizing events for my graduating class and then moving forward to attending the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as a Hotel and Restaurant Management major. I organized trips to conferences, played my role in events on campus hosted by my major, and was active with the Boys and Girls Club. Throughout this time, I noted what I saw and did not see in Baltimore City, Salisbury, and Princess Anne. After returning from my second deployment to Kuwait with the Maryland Army National Guard, with the support of family and friends, I stepped out and began my community work under the name, Live to Inspire. Live to Inspire’s focus was on creating opportunities for high school-age young men to experience new educational opportunities, community service, professional development, self-esteem, and scholarships for high school closing exercises. Today, I continue working to create experiences for my city by hosting formal dinners for the homeless community at the Baltimore War Memorial, and cookouts in low-income communities as a celebration for the 4th of July or Juneteenth. In addition to my newest event, the Black Authors Book Expo and the Pink, White, and Blue Symposium (a conference for those who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss). I love creating experiences full of purpose for those attending and participating.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a smooth road?
Building a business of any sort is never an easy road. Securing funding, marketing and promoting, and effective communication among partners are all very challenging aspects; Add the pandemic and managing mental and physical health to the mix, and it becomes quite an ordeal. Visions are birthed solely from my imaginings, and no executive board or backing exists. Which means I carry much of the weight on my own. It is absolutely a struggle, but my heart is in it, and I am privileged to be able to work with some incredible partners.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I have a background in hospitality from my undergrad education, so running an event business is par for the course. However, I am also a published author and advocate for miscarriage awareness & pregnancy/infant loss. I have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for 14 years and continue those duties while working a corporate job in the Office of the State’s Attorney. I’m usually known for being on a mission to help others or hosting a function. My day can quickly go from babysitting family to sheltering animals, reporting to work, and coordinating a gala in a matter of hours. That’s just how I operate and also what sets me apart. I believe in humanity and our call to serve each other, and I will always do anything I can to make that happen while adding a touch of elegance.

We love surprises, fun facts, and incredible stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I do not like speaking, period.

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Tablescape image- V.S.Davis Photography Black Ribbon Cutting- Jermaine Gibbs Purple Floral Centerpiece- Quamina Image, LLC Wedding Images with couple- Graced Productions

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