MBA Student Profiles
Previous Education: Bachelors in Spanish, Economics, and Business Law, Indiana University
Previous Employment: Finance Manager at PepsiCo
Diversity is a call to action; in essence, it’s a verb… INSEAD definitely encourages this “active” definition of diversity.
Diversity is a word with an expansive meaning. I think my frame of reference before INSEAD was that two types of diversity existed: visible (race, gender, nationality, etc.) and invisible (religious affiliation, political expression, sexual orientation, etc.). I now know that this framework is flawed. Diversity isn’t a passive noun that you just “feel” or can visibly see and potentially elicit through conversation. Diversity is a call to action; in essence, it’s a verb. Grammarians may find fault with my definition, but I think diversity is all about actively seeking people with different experiences and viewpoints than you and integrating those people into your life. INSEAD definitely encourages this “active” definition of diversity.
My goal for OUTSEAD is to develop a robust alumni organisation with a dedicated resource from the Alumni Relations office. One of INSEAD’s strongest assets is its outstanding alumni, and I want to create a community of INSEAD LGBTQ alumni, who may or may not have been “out” at INSEAD and who could benefit from a stronger LGBTQ professional network. INSEAD structures alumni programming along national clubs, so my challenge will be to create a virtual international community that is enriching and useful for both alumni and students.
In addition to structuring an LGBTQ alumni organisation, I hope to foster a more accepting community at the Fontainebleau campus, so that students feel comfortable “coming out” during their INSEAD experience. Many INSEAD students come from conservative societies. As a result these students may not have had the opportunity to come out in a welcoming environment. Creating this “welcoming environment” is a more nebulous, less tangible goal than creating an alumni organisation, but I am thankful to know that both Dean Mihov and MBA Programme Director Minh Huy Lai have this as a top priority as well.
In the short-term, I would like to make the jump to the public sector, despite having had no work experience there. Ideally, I would work for a large international aid organisation or potentially work in public sector consulting here in Western Europe or back in Mexico. In the long-term, I want to be involved in shaping public policy and support economic development in disadvantaged and marginalised communities.
I would encourage them to reach out to current INSEAD students to learn more about the programme. INSEAD gives you the ability to pursue whatever you want while you are here so the onus is on you to make the MBA experience as valuable as possible. It really boils down to what you make of it.