I am one of five children, raised by immigrant farm workers in the small farming community of Live Oak, California. This year marked my father’s 45th year working in the fields, where he continues to work today. His life of hard work, dedication, and perseverance has served as my guiding light as I have worked to pursued my dreams and aspirations. With the help of programs designed to help first generation students, I was attended and graduated from CSU, Sacramento. I subsequently began work in the California Senate, where I spent almost 8 years moving up the ranks, advising high-level government officials, working on landmark legislation like the California Dream Act, and developing my professional skills. This experience provided me with exposure to some of the most critical issues affecting the Latino community, particularly within the business world. I also saw firsthand, how challenges with politics many times halted progress on critical issues and as a result delayed positive social change. It was these experiences that inspired me to pursue an MBA with the goal of finding new and innovative ways to create positive social change from a business perspective. I left a successful career of almost 8 years in the California Senate, where I served as the first Latina Deputy Director of Appointments for the California Senate, to pursue my dream of attending business school. I am currently in my 2nd year of business school at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, where I am one of five US Latinos in a class of almost 230 MBA students. As President of the Latino Management and Business Association on campus, I am working daily to help change this. My hope is to use my experience going through the business school application process to help strategize ways in which we can increase the pipeline of Latinos in business schools across the country. Leaving a successful career to go back to school and become a full time student has not been easy, but my desire to accomplish my goals has been much greater than the fear of letting go. The more I learn about business, the more I see creative ways in which it can be used as a positive social change agent. I truly believe in the power of business and entrepreneurship as a tool to help create more prosperous communities. My goal is to complete my MBA program and acquire the necessary business skill sets to develop innovative business solutions to tackle social problems, particularly those creating barriers for Latinos in business.