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.