TED@UPS Speaker: Jared Hill

“No” was the obvious and easy answer, while “yes” seemed silly and deeply irresponsible.

UPS pilot Jared Hill and his wife had a dream to help families in war-torn Uganda – but it seemed downright foolish.

Jared Hill

Jared Hill

For Hill, like so many people, “no” was the obvious and easy answer, while “yes” seemed silly and deeply irresponsible.

But Hill and his wife couldn’t ignore the pull – how did they go from no to yes, what gifts did they get from taking this unlikely leap, and what can the rest of us learn?

Jared Hill is a 1998 graduate of Purdue University with a BS in aviation technology.

He currently flies the MD-11 for UPS, for which he received the “Aircrew of the Year” award in 2014.

But outside of work, his passions lie with a group of orphans at Restoration Gateway in Northern Uganda, where he recently taught math to grades three through six and now sits on their Board of Directors.

Jared currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, with his wife and their three children.

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Q&A with Jared Hill

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I get my best thinking done on a run – it’s a wonderful way to disconnect and listen.

1. Where do you get your best thinking done?
On a run. It’s a wonderful way to disconnect and listen.

2. Favorite quote?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” — Mark Twain

51sD2KoN4CL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_3. What book are you reading right now?
‘Bonhoeffer’ by Eric Metaxas

4. What cause are you most passionate about?
Restoration Gateway, an orphanage in northern Uganda that is doing amazing work to bring stability to a land recovering from civil war.

5. What is the best gift you have ever received?
A guitar from my future wife. She was upset that I had asked her to marry me about 15 minutes before she gave it to me. She knew everyone would be talking about the engagement and not her great gift.


More about Jared:

Video:  Jared’s service in Uganda is highlighted, with video clips from Africa as well as clips from the 2014 UPS Airman of the Year recognition ceremony.



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