Educational background: College of William and Mary, Finance and Spanish
Past position: Lehman Brothers, Associate, Equity Research & Equity Sales
Prior work experience: Lehman Brothers, Associate, Equity Research & Equity Sales
Current position: Marketing Manager, American Express
When I came to MIT Sloan, my goal was to work for a multinational corporation so that I could pursue a career in both the U.S. and abroad. I have always had a passion for getting to know other cultures, and speaking new languages. From an intellectual curiosity perspective, it is one of the things that interests me most about business in general. Before business school I worked for a nonprofit in Santiago, Chile called Endeavor and this really confirmed my interest in working abroad over the long-term. Then, while at MIT Sloan, I participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab). This was a fabulous experience in which I got to work in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a small entrepreneur in an emerging market. It’s a perfect relationship because the entrepreneurs are really happy to work with a team from the School, and the team from MIT Sloan is really happy to gain exposure and have a real impact on these companies.
There are so many MIT Sloan alums abroad and there is such a diversity of international students at the School. Combine this with a very strong international focus in the coursework and you not only hone your skills, but also gain real exposure to the world of international business.
I always knew that volunteering was a passion of mine in terms of extracurricular time, but I never thought of making it part of my career until I saw the different options that were presented to me. MIT Sloan really opened my mind to corporate responsibility: the responsibilities that companies have to their employees, to their communities, to their customers.
I recognized that I have to work for a company where I believe in what they do, and I believe in what they stand for. Since I attended school, all of the companies I have worked for have had very strong cooperate responsibility ethics. American Express has paid volunteer days and there is a huge annual employee giving campaign where the company matches every dollar given by its employees. This year they donated $7.6 million to thousands of charities. I look forward to continuing my involvement with these kinds of very important initiatives.