Victoria Valadez

My Trajectory

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Resources I used on my MBA application journey

Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) MBA Prep Program, Target Test Prep

One thing I wish I knew about the MBA application process

Your story is your story - just because it is different from another applicant’s doesn’t make it better or worse. There is no “typical” profile schools are looking for, so stay true to your story and own it.

Bio

Howdy! I’m Victoria, daughter, sister, friend, runner, dog-lover, and recovering sushi addict. After graduating from Texas A&M University, I joined Deloitte Consulting where I worked as a technology consultant for 4.5 years before starting my 2Y MBA program at the Kellogg School of Management.

I’m originally from Mission, Texas, daughter of a Mexican father and Swedish/English mother. As a bi-racial female raised in a predominately Hispanic area of Texas near the Mexico border, as well as a working professional in Dallas, I’ve never been fully accepted by either of the cultures that are part of my makeup. As a female working in technology, there were times where I was disregarded and ignored, specifically several instances where my male colleagues have talked over me in meetings I was leading. These experiences have had a significant impact on me, especially in the way I treat my colleagues and friends. Because of the challenges I’ve faced, I constantly strive to create a respectful, inclusive environment and support others experiencing those same challenges.

I spent my non-client-facing time working as a mentor for UStrive, helping high school students in underprivileged areas navigate the college application process, and as an informal mentor for other junior consultants at Deloitte. My personal and professional journey have taught me not only how to advocate for myself but also the importance of helping others advocate for themselves.

After a few years working on technology implementations, I realized I deserved to own my career and make professional decisions for myself. Deciding to pivot into strategy, I was then rejected from numerous firms and companies, such as Capital One, Oliver Wyman and LinkedIn, for not having the right skillset and background. Though difficult to face, those rejections lead me to Kellogg, and I’m excited for the opportunities to come.

Throughout the challenges in my life, I’ve had mentors and a support system to guide me. If you are struggling with difficult situations at work or are trying to figure out how to make that career pivot, I’d love to help!

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