Meet Arizona State’s MBA Class Of 2020

Moises Espinosa Lopez

Arizona State University, W. P. Carey School of Business

“A clever adventurer that thrives in the middle of chaos.”

Hometown: Tepic, Mexico

Fun Fact About Yourself: I am a (now retired) music engineer and performer. I have composed, performed, produced and recorded music individually and with different bands since I was 14 years-old.

Undergraduate School and Major: Instituto Tecnologico de Tepic (Mexico), B.S Business Engineering

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: Angel Latino Investors LLC. – Co-founder

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Being granted a Fulbright scholarship not only once, but twice! The first one was for the Binational Business Program, a 10-month experience that allowed me to work in one of the best global health systems (Cleveland Clinic) and take four elective classes in Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management in their MBA program. The second one was for my current graduate studies at Arizona State University.

What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Collaborative. Every single classmate in my class has unique strengths and experience, are very competitive, and are highly-driven professionals. However, what really sets them apart, is their willingness to share and contribute to the growth and professional development of the entire class.

Aside from your classmates, 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? A well-balanced curriculum with great concentration and dual-degree options from which you can build your career path.

Many of the MBA programs I researched focused on leadership and general business skills, with little flexibility and specialization. Although that approach may have its benefits, that was not what I envisioned for my career.

What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? Supply Chain Graduate Student Association

What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? The notion that I could build knowledge, professional connections, and experience by working ten years in the industry, or acquire them in two very exciting and high-paced years in an MBA program.

How did you decide if an MBA was worth the investment? I would describe the exercise of calculating whether an MBA is worth the investment by only compounding the cost of a program plus opportunity cost against the increase in salary a myopic effort at best. Financially, as both Fulbright’s and W. P. Carey’s offers were beyond generous, the opportunity cost of not working for two years made the financial decision easier for me. However, the experiences, friendships, mentors, industry exposure…are priceless.

What other MBA programs did you apply to? Chicago, UT-Austin, MIT, UCLA, Case Western Reserve

How did you determine your fit at various schools? I spoke to current students and alumni from all of the programs where I applied, researched their specific strengths beyond just a regular MBA ranking, and asked many questions during the interview process.

What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are? The birth of my daughter. Even though I had a previous desire to do good beyond myself, mostly sowed by my mother and her life example, my daughter’s birth shaped my vision of the responsibility we bare as human beings to each other.

What do you plan to do after you graduate? Work in an American company for a few years and continue to work with entrepreneurs in Mexico through Angel Latino Investors to foster economic growth in my country.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Constantly moving, working to help organizations and communities thrive worldwide.

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