University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
Describe yourself in 15 words or less: MBA/MPCS student, geek and performing arts aficionado, constantly challenging the status quo.
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Fun Fact About Yourself: I took part in several small musicals back in Lima, both as an actor/singer/dancer and as part of the production team.
Undergraduate School and Major: Pontifical Catholic University of Peru – B.S. in Electronic Engineering
Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:
McKinsey & Company – External Technology and Advanced Analytics Consultant
Romero Holding (Peru) – Head of Marketing and Business Intelligence
McKinsey & Company – Business Analyst
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: I’m thankful for having had the chance, as a management consultant, to positively impact Latin American companies either generating or saving millions of dollars. Nevertheless, I am most grateful for having been able to impact the lives of people through my career.
This was highlighted on a project we had with the Mexican government, where besides the original goal of streamlining its IT processes, we were able to find and solve a major issue that prevented almost half a million of Mexican elder citizens to gain access to their pension funds.
In my opinion, the key to success was not on the operations or the IT side, it was with the people inside the agency. To this end, I took it uponmyself to:
- Understand the reasons why nobody was taking charge to solve this issue.
- Gain the trust from the agency’s middle managers at the agency and influence them to push towards a common goal.
- Chair a weekly committee with the COO to ensure improvements were made.
Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants? Know yourself. Embrace yourself. Be yourself.
When I was considering applying to business school, I always had this feeling that I was not what “b-schools are looking for.” However, However, after reaching out to students, alumni, and my own mentors, I realized that it is actually the uniqueness of my story what makes my case attractive to them.
Knowing oneself is no small task, it takes a lot of introspection and reflection, so one should not rush it. Take time to get to know your own story and rehearse articulating it to someone who has never met you in the past.
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?When deciding between schools, there was one thing that was quite obvious to me: Being at Chicago Booth felt like being ‘at home.’ There are two main reasons behind that feeling:
First, the academic rigorousness of the program is highly appealing for me. Pair the most quant-intensive school with a math-lover such as myself, and you get a tailor-made perfect match.
Second, the school’s pay-it-forward culture. Being immersed in an intellectual environment, typically results in high levels of competitions. However, Booth’s overarching goal present across the entire student body is not to outperform your peers, but to help them any way you can. I once remember seeing a first-year student after an internship review, going to meet with another student to coach him for an interview with the same company, for the same position, later that day.
What would success look like to you after your ﬁrst year of business school? Finishing my internship in a data-intensive Fortune 500 Company, exceeding the expectations of the value I am expected to create. Also, being proud to say I had created a powerful and long-lasting impact on my fellow classmates.