Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.
What do you aspire to accomplish in the future?
I am currently majoring in International Management and Marketing at Menlo College. My ultimate goal is to have my own international chain of hotels all around the world.
How did you hear about Manos Accelerator?
Menlo College has a platform, Careerlink, which easily enables students to search for available jobs. I became interested after seeing all the wonderful things that Manos is undertaking.
What was your role at Manos?
My role as the recruitment and marketing intern was planning the Manos Tech Venture Summit that brings startup and students from the Silicon Valley and Latin American countries.
How has Manos helped you grow personally and professionally?
From day one I was engrossed in the vast network that encompasses Manos. Operating in a flexible and entrepreneurial network allowed me to develop my communication skills. Manos has empowered and taught me to believe and follow my dreams by effectively using my resources going into a business setting.
What did you take away from your experience at Manos?
Manos taught me to never be afraid of dreaming big, because anything is possible. Manos, enables dreamers to flourish and having the opportunity to personally partake in the trajectory of successful startups was one of the best experiences. Seeing first hand how Manos acts as an advocate for Latino entrepreneurs/ startups was a one in a lifetime opportunity.
How has your internship with Manos prepared you for a future career?
Manos’ network is huge! Immersing myself in all aspects of the job has allowed me to confidently go out into the world feeling prepared to achieve any task and obstacles that could potentially come my way. Not only has my role over the course of my internship but also all the networking events have greatly opened many doors and connections.
What was one thing that you were exposed to at Manos that you would not have experienced anywhere else?
The various connections that Manos has, is definitely something that I had never been exposed to. Each day I had the opportunity to meet someone new, whether it was a startup or a representative from different companies in the Silicon Valley.
Share a memorable experience at Manos.
Each day was definitely memorable and looking back I would not change a single second of it. Getting to individually know and work along with each of my coworkers was the best.
How did you change during your internship from your first day to your last day?
Coming into the internship I was a little scared but the team at Manos quickly stowed all fears aside. Each individual’s insight enabled me to become more confident in my daily life and especially in my plans for the future.
What was your favorite part about being an intern?
Partaking in a vast array of diverse network. I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet Latino entrepreneurs and successful experts in the business world. Connecting and immersing myself back with my Latino roots. Being able to improve my bilingual abilities and having the knowledge that I was making a difference in the trajectory of their success.
Describe your relationship with your bosses and the startups?
Sylvia is an amazing and knowledgeable individual having the opportunity to work along her side was beyond incredible. Her insight and advice is something that I will forever carry on. Meeting each startup and having the opportunity to contribute just a very small part was beyond amazing. I enjoyed meeting each individual whom I encountered during my time at Manos.
Where are you now? What are you doing now? (Just say where you expect to be after Manos)
I am currently entering my senior year at Menlo College and will be graduating with a double major in the May 2018. After graduation I will be working towards getting my masters and a full time offer job.