Current job title: Senior Strategist Consultant at Interbrand
1. What was the main reason you decided to study at IE?
IE’s Executive MBA Program offered everything I was looking for in an MBA program—brilliant people and experienced executives with different backgrounds and perspectives, emphasis on leadership and entrepreneurship, a balance between a quantitative approach and a qualitative one (at IE, the humanities really matter). Above of all, I felt that that the values of IE really fit with my own, a great sense of responsibility of what surrounds us and the duty to work towards building a better future for the generations to come. Being a woman, I am responsible for changing the world for the better and eliminating the “Dream Gap”.
2. What was the greatest challenge you faced during your studies?
Finding the balance between my personal life and my professional life was a real challenge – developing my full-time job as a branding consultant and giving my very best to my clients while also engaging myself in the program, taking the opportunity to go beyond the highest standards, taking the time to take care of my family and friends. For me, it has always been important to be sure that everybody can count on me and that they could have the quality time that they deserve. From my point of view, time is a precious treasure you can give to anyone.
3. What has been the primary lesson you learned during your program?
Of the tons of lessons learned during the program, the key lesson for me was that every single person has an opinion and their own perspective of how to address things, whether that be a certain topic, a specific task, a case…and that everyone’s objectives are different. It is important to get into other’s shoes to lead and satisfy their interests. I firmly believe in the strength of positive leadership and the willingness to hear all opinions and perspectives because it allows enrichment, insights, and getting people engaged and committed, and that makes all the difference. I am lucky to have shared this experience with some of the most brilliant people out there, not only professionally but also personally.
4. How has this program impacted your life?
This program has significantly expanded the way I view myself and the way I see the world. I now have the confidence to deal with anything and everything. I feel that I have no limits and I can build my future. No matter the challenge, I know I can achieve it. As mentioned, I feel as though I have the duty to positively impact the world and others. I have only just finished the program, but I already know that it has been and will continue to be one of the strongest decisions I’ve made for my career.
5. What was the best memory you have from the program?
I have many memories and it’s hard to choose just one. I would say that my best memories come from the time spent with my amazing classmates who are now true friends. I admire all of them: their generosity, their sense of humor, their motivation… I have found life-long friends who inspire me every single day, and I’ve made memories that will last forever.