Sep 27, 2022

Many Voices, One Tuck: Meet Fresia Blanco T’24, Andres Sada Zambrano T’23 & Calvin Garay T’23

By Tuck Communications

Members of the Tuck community reflect on their goals, accomplishments, inspirations, and passions in honor of Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month.

Fresia Blanco T’24

Fresia Blanco T’24

Who do you most admire and look up to? Who inspires you and why?

I admire my mother, Rufina, more than anyone else in the world. As a Salvadoran immigrant and single mother who was not able to attend college, she ensured education was a top priority for me and my sister. 

While juggling up to three jobs at a time, she stayed on top of our academics, taught us the value of volunteering, and reminded us constantly that we could do anything we set our minds to. 

She is my source of inspiration. Whenever I feel down or imposter syndrome hits, I think of how far my mother has come and the many obstacles that she has tackled with grace.

In your opinion, what makes a good leader?

A good leader is someone who leads with empathy and integrity. They are also eager to invest and empower those around them.

What have you recently, read, watched, or listened to that you enjoyed and would highly recommend to others?

I am currently reading More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth. It’s a fun yet empowering read that lets you in on the author’s rise to success and some of the challenges that she faces as a woman of color. My copy of the book is filled with endless sticky notes and highlighter markers. My favorite quote so far is “When your dreams are bigger than the places you find yourself in, sometimes you need to seek out your own reminders that there is more. And there is always more waiting for you on the other side of fear.”

I was born in El Salvador but was raised in Silver Spring, MD. I graduated from Towson University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in business administration. Prior to business school, I worked in financial services at Morgan Stanley and Common Securitization Solutions. I am a proud first-generation college graduate and love all things social impact. Outside of work, I love cooking and finding new recipes to try out!

Andres Sada Zambrano T’23

Andres Sada Zambrano T’23

What keeps you busy? How do you like to spend your time outside of work?

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wife and baby, exploring the Northeast, and hanging out with our friends in Sachem. In the summer, we love hiking and swimming in the Connecticut River, and in the winter, skiing and playing tripod hockey.

What does diversity, equity, and inclusion mean for you today, and in your words, why is it so critical?

Diversity, equity, and inclusion means bringing different perspectives and experiences together. We are all shaped by our unique upbringing and can offer different perspectives. DEI is crucial to bridging knowledge gaps and broadening a group’s capabilities by bringing the best ideas forward.

In your opinion, what makes a good leader?

A good leader can translate a vision into a reality—they must be self-aware of their skills and the situation surrounding them and have the humility to recognize what they don’t know or when they need help. Good leaders are consistently good at relationships; they know how to motivate and develop people, support and empower them, and ultimately achieve good results.

I grew up in Monterrey, Mexico as the fifth of seven siblings. I studied mechanical engineering at UT-Austin and worked summer internships in Germany and India. Upon graduation, I worked as an engineer at Cummins in Indiana. I later returned to Mexico to work as a consultant in BCG and then pursued a leadership position in a startup called Kinedu. While working in consulting, I met my wonderful wife, Maggie—she was the client! We live in Sachem with our daughter Eva (born at DHMC), and our labradoodle Felix. We love the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with our community!

Calvin Garay T’23

Calvin Garay T’23

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?

I’m most proud that I have seized my opportunities and run with them. My family has sacrificed a lot to set me up for a successful and happy life; I’m immensely grateful. I’ve taken these opportunities they’ve provided and hope I’ve made them proud.

How would you describe your life philosophy? What do you believe are the components of a “good” life? How do you define “success”?

“Success” in life means being happy and having a positive impact on others. My life philosophy is “be here now.” I do activities like hiking/camping and playing guitar to help myself “be here now” as much as possible. When I’m in the moment, I’m happiest and can enjoy my relationships.

In your opinion, what makes a good leader?

A good leader is someone who makes good decisions despite potentially overwhelming complications or ambiguity. A good leader acts selflessly and prioritizes the “good of the group.” Lastly, a good leader is someone who inspires.

Calvin is from Baltimore, MD, and is a proud Chilean American. He went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where he studied economics, Spanish, and finance and thoroughly enjoyed the Nashville live music scene. After living in NYC and Colorado, he’s now loving his life at Tuck and plans to eventually join the tech industry as a PM. Calvin is passionate about music, soccer, nature, and dogs, and hes very excited to have a fantastic second year with his Tuck classmates!

Many Voices, One Tuck (MVOT) celebrates the stories of our vibrant and diverse community. What’s your story? Email DEI at Tuck if you’d like to contribute to the MVOT project.

Note: MVOT is open to members of the Tuck community, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, TEE and Tuck Bridge participants, and MHCDS graduates.