Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
“Latina from Venezuela with big appreciation for the Midwest, health care, ramen, and the outdoors.”
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Fun Fact About Yourself: I’m a Nike running shoe tester.
Undergraduate School and Major: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Industrial Engineering
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: DaVita Kidney Care, Senior Manager of Clinical Strategy
What has been your first impression of the Tuck MBA students and alumni you’ve met so far. Tell us your best Tuck story so far. Tuck “nice” is very real. Everyone here is so incredibly supportive, and you can tell that everyone genuinely wants you to succeed. For example, I get very nervous about cold calls in class, and for one of our classes the professor writes your name on the board if you’re on deck for a call that day. So, one day, I walk into the class and my name was on the board. Naturally, I freaked out, but within literal seconds I received multiple text messages from people in my section wishing me good luck. It was incredible and so special!
Aside from your classmates, what was the key part of Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA programming that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? The Global Insight Expeditions (GIXs) were a big draw for me. These are experiential courses that begin with classroom sessions at Tuck and then take students and faculty members to countries around the world. When considering MBA programs, I was looking for a program with a strong emphasis on a global education as I hope to work abroad in the future, and I felt that Tuck’s global opportunities would prepare me well for such a transition.
What course, club or activity excites you the most at Dartmouth Tuck? I have heard nothing but incredible reviews about Health Care Analytics & Society with Professor Lindsey Leininger and I can’t wait to take the course. I am super interested in the application of predictive analytics within the health care sector and the impact that Big Data will have in shaping the future of the industry. However, it’s important to explore this topic with ethics at the forefront and this class will do just that.
What excites you the most about coming to live in Hanover? What is the one activity you can’t wait to do? The access to the outdoors, without a doubt. The Upper Valley is gorgeous—I still can’t get over how pretty this place is. I’m particularly excited to go on hikes during the fall and see all the fall foliage!
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest accomplishment in my career so far, also the most fulfilling, was the development of the forecast model and initial ordering system of COVID-19 testing kits for my previous organization. This was a tricky project because, at the time, there were infinite unknowns about COVID-19, including testing guidelines and testing methods. But there was something special about going all in to make sure our front-line teammates and patients received the right amount of test kits to keep everyone safe and minimize the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks in the facilities.
What is one thing you have recently read, watched, or listened to that you would highly recommend to prospective MBAs? Why? If you like podcasts, I highly recommend listening to The Best One Yet (TBOY). For me, it’s usually on every morning before I head out for the day. Every weekday, there’s a new episode covering three quick relevant business stories. The episodes are usually 20-ish minutes long and you walk away with some interesting insights. I also think the hosts do an excellent job curating stories and sprinkling humor throughout.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point and what do you hope to do after graduation? I reached a point in my career where my team of direct reports started to grow, and I wanted to make sure I was the best manager I could be for them and my organization. For that to be true, I knew that I needed to further develop my business fundamentals and my leadership skills, and there’s no better place to grow in that capacity than at Tuck. After graduation, I hope to go into health care consulting.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? Michigan Ross, UVA Darden, Duke Fuqua
What advice would you give to help potential applicants gain admission into Dartmouth Tuck’s MBA program? Connect with the Tuck community as much as you can to make sure you really get to know how awesome this school is!
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