The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

America Gonzalez 

 UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Management consultant, aspiring world traveler, and photography enthusiast always looking for my next challenge.

Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico

Fun Fact About Yourself: I attended Culinary School for five years

Undergraduate School and Major: Tec de Monterrey (ITESM), International Financial Management

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:  Bain & Company: Consultant, Senior Associate Consultant, Associate Consultant

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Helping one of the biggest global retailers reduce waste by $200M in three months. It was very gratifying to see my analytical work and business strategy directly impact my client’s financial performance while also helping our environment and reducing the carbon footprint.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Each school’s applications and essays are completely different so carve out time (much more than you may initially think) to deeply reflect on each of the essay questions. Answer authentically and tell the admissions committee a story that only you can tell them. Get out of your comfort zone and do not be afraid to open up. They really want to get to know YOU!

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? The Berkeley-Haas people and the community led me to choose this program. Haas exposed me to an unmatched academic, collaborative, and innovative community that provides an inclusive platform for conversations and new experiences. My peers have taught me new global perspectives and continue to challenge me to be a better person and business professional every day.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success would mean continuing my passion for consulting, providing meaningful impact on businesses as well as on the teams and people I work with, and managing a sustainable work-life balance that allows me to enjoy time with my husband and family.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.