A Maryland Smith alumna made the roster of InStyle magazine’s Badass 50 — and she’s got some advice for you. "Just be brave," says Aliya Jones, MBA ’18.
"Be brave by being safe. Be brave by sitting with uncomfortable feelings. Be brave enough to recognize when you're not OK. And be brave enough to get the help you need."
Jones is the deputy secretary for the Maryland Department of Health's Behavioral Health Administration. She accepted the job as a mental-health leader for the state just before COVID-19 began changing lives across the country. She keeps a laser-sharp focus on making sure that frontline workers have access to important mental-health resources.
Jones told InStyle that her favorite set of pearls, given to her by her husband and two kids, these days serves as a tangible reminder of the people she loves and why she works so hard to keep standing up for herself and others.
To learn about the rest of InStyle’s heroes, read The Badass 50.