Overcoming the Enigma of Minority Representation in Senior Leadership

As a person of color, I had always viewed a minority’s progression through the ranks of senior business leadership as an enigma. “Although comprising nearly 30% of the US population, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans comprise only 3% of senior leaders in corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurial ventures (ml4t.org).” Standing at the crossroads of career stagnation, I wondered “how would I navigate my way through this career labyrinth and defeat the odds?” I applied to Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and as cliché as it sounds, the rest was history.

Spearheaded by the sage John Rice, MLT discovered a formula to disrupt the alarming statistics of minority senior leadership through its innovative and unparalleled mentorship and skill development curricula. MLT enhanced my hard and soft skills, and provided me access to influential figures, including adcoms, senior business leaders and partners in preparation for my MBA application process and career switch. I built camaraderie with over 200 MLT fellows, and researched my target schools comprehensively, revised and perfected my essays, and discovered my story and pitch. I applied to business school with confidence, and worked even harder to defy impeding statistics and catalyze a paradigm shift in business where minority representation is not only attainable but also pervasive.

I am now at my dream school, MIT Sloan School of Management, and I’m elated. I am learning new concepts and interacting with students from diverse backgrounds and careers, and I relish every minute of it. As a former prospective student, I want others to understand that life is a variable and an uncontrollable entity. Maximize your potential at every opportunity. One event or opportunity of perceived insignificance can have monumental effects on your life so capitalize on it. Stretch yourself to new lengths. Follow your career passions without avaricious intent. Apply to an MBA program, where theory, ingenuity and practice are ingrained within the student body’s DNA. Challenge yourself and learn something new in everything that you do, even if the odds of failure are high. Build rapport with everyone that you meet and build your community to disrupt social paradigms. As a person of color, the ranks of senior business leadership initially appeared enigmatic to me,  but now, I view this goal through a clear lens.

I look forward to meeting the participants of MIT Sloan Diversity Weekend on October 2nd.

Mens et Manus
Reegy Laloi (MIT Sloan – MBA Class of 2016)

Reegy Laloi

Reegy Laloi is from East Orange, N.J. He graduated from Georgetown University as a Finance and Management double major. Post-Graduation, Reegy worked at IBM within various worldwide finance coordinator roles, including pricing, balance sheet and SG&A expense. Outside of work and school, he pursues his altruistic endeavors by volunteering with college and career prep programs and enjoys playing soccer.

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