“Tuck transformed me in a personal way. It helped me discover myself as a leader, as a colleague, and as a friend.”
“When I came for my interview, I had forgotten my tie, and a student I didn't even know made the trip to my hotel room in Lebanon to give me one of his. The next day when I arrived on campus, a fellow Mexican was there to greet me and take me through the whole process. My mind was completely blown away by the way I was treated. For someone who had barely lived in the U.S. before coming to Tuck, this was nothing like how I thought about business school in America. Tuck opened my eyes to a whole new set of values that will stay with me forever.
Tuck's core curriculum completely redefined my way of picturing an MBA. Forcing you to take classes that you would not choose otherwise broadens your perspective, and allows you to explore new paths. For example, the Statistics for Managers course by Professor Scott Neslin is the best approach to general statistics that I have ever seen in my life, even with my engineering background and my studies in public administration at UPenn. In addition, Professor Giovanni Gavetti, who taught Competitive and Corporate Strategy, got rid of all the mumbo-jumbo that strategy sometimes entails, and showed us that strategy does not have to be abstract. And in my Operations Management course, Professor Joe Hall easily transmitted the job of a COO, and how it contributes to the overall strategy of a business and industry.
After spending almost three years working in management consulting at Bain & Co., I had never even heard of Professor Vijay Govindarajan's approach to strategy. But in his class, Implementing Strategy, he shifted my entire perspective on strategy, from leadership, to business model execution, to reverse innovation. We tend to see strategy as a holistic approach to operating a business, but in this course I was able to see the intricacies of implementation and the importance of aligning all relevant factors. The importance of implementing strategy—taking your thoughts to actions—was one of the most useful career concepts I developed. The class was absolutely fantastic.
It is very difficult to lead unless you speak from the heart. I learned the importance of speaking from your true self to inspire and motivate people, and to drive a business in the way you think is best.
Mexico City, Mexico
University of Pennsylvania, Master of Public Administration 2013-2015; Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City, BS Industrial Engineering, 2005-2009
Rocket Internet GMBH (Linio.com.mx), head of customer care, Mexico City Mexico, 2013; Bain & Company Inc., senior associate consultant, Mexico City, Mexico, 2010 - 2012
Awarded John Boyer Memorial Scholarship by U.S. National Guard FTPCC; Tuck Soccer Club, co-chair; Hockey B-Team, co-chair; Tuck Talks first generation of speakers
First-Year Project: I was part of an entrepreneurial team building an app called FliQ, a start-up by one of my classmates who is also one of my best friends. He put together a diverse team to create a real pitch deck and applied the LEAN star-up model to launch the company. It was one of the best experiences because it not only helped me develop new skills, but opened my eyes to the entrepreneurship community at Dartmouth.
Goldman Sachs & Co., summer associate, investment banking, Mexico City, Mexico
One of the most memorable moments of my MBA was when Federico Minoli, former CEO of Ducati, visited our Competitive & Corporate Strategy course. His vision and practical tips on turn-arounds and management completely redefined the way I see the competitive game within business.
Tuck has taught me many things, but most importantly the sense of community and possibility. By community, I mean understanding that no matter where you are it is important to stick together and never betray your values. I intend to bring this to wherever I go and contribute in any way I can. By possibility, I mean Tuck gave me the security to trust myself and be certain that if I work hard and truly believe in what I do, I will be able to achieve something bigger than myself.
Cargill, Corporate Strategy and Development, Minneapolis, Minn.; Current: PayPal, head of SMBs Mexico