I grew up in the Dominican Republic and moved to Chicago for college. Coming from Latin America, it’s now important to me to be an agent of positive change in that region. Private enterprise can offer many opportunities to do so. After college, I did a stint in New York working in investment banking covering Latin American clients. I developed a deep interest in infrastructure and energy projects. I find the industry technically challenging and I love the broad impact that working in infrastructure has on local communities.
For my MBA, I wanted to expand my skill set in an environment with people from all walks of life. Yale SOM attracts a diverse set of students from all types of industries, countries, and backgrounds. My classmates have differing opinions and perceptions and they push me to think more critically and to develop a broader sense of empathy.
The integrated core curriculum has helped me think about businesses in a broader manner, including its impacts on society and individuals. My background was in economics and finance, and I had little exposure to fields like marketing and human capital management. At SOM I feel like I’ve taken a step back to gain a broader perception of the big picture.
I’m now most interested in working in private equity infrastructure and energy deals. I’ve taken several classes aimed at better understanding the technical aspects of infrastructure assets, including Renewable Energy Project Finance and Energy System Analysis.
I’ve also taken classes that examine how business leaders can best pursue public initiatives. A class that perfectly brings both sides together is Daniel Gross’ Renewable Energy Project Finance. While the course is very technical, Daniel’s human-centric approach and thoughtfulness really put all the technical aspects into perspective.