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Being a part of HBSA goes beyond our four years at Arizona State University. We had a large amount of individuals who make up our HBSA Alumni. These people have chosen to stay connected with the association in order to provide guidance, motivation and examples to our current members. We have chosen to highlight the following individuals who once held HBSA membership's and are now out in the real world making an impact.

Kim Montes

HBSA Alumni class of 2017 currently works as a Financial analyst for...

How did HBSA help you grow and help shape who you are today?

As a first generation student HBSA helped me discover the resources available to make the most out my college experience and it gave me a community. HBSA had a big impact when it came to my career. Through out the four years that I was a part of the organization I was able to learn the dos and don’ts when it came to looking for internships, interviewing and landing a job. If it wasn’t for HBSA I wouldn't have been able to do an internship out of state and it would’ve been more difficult to figure out what I wanted to do in life. 


What’s some of your favorite memories that you have from HBSA?

Being a part of HBSA is what made me really enjoy my college years. When you’re in such a big university it can be hard to connect with people and HBSA definitely facilitated that so I have a lot great memories tied to HBSA. If I had to pick one, it would definitely be the e-board retreats, those are always fun.

 What changes (if any) have you seen within your role or company due to COVID-19?

I would say that one of the biggest changes that I’ve seen is how working from home is not as taboo anymore. I feel like before, in most companies there was some sort of hesitation when it came to working remotely for fear that it might decrease employee performance. But now that most of us were forced to work from home and managers have seen that work is still getting done, I hope that in the post-COVID-19 world more companies allow employees to pick days to work remotely.

How did HBSA help you grow and help shape who you are today?

It created a community to lean on when the anxieties of college started to overwhelm me. I had positions that continued to open up my eyes to possibilities I could achieve alongside friends who helped shape my communication skills that are the reason I’m in my current role now.

What’s some of your favorite memories that you have from HBSA?

It’s the little things for me, the small socials of game nights to sports... the tailgate and even when we used to just volunteer together. I loved the people I met in HBSA so it was never a dull moment with us!
 

f you could go back in time to tell your university self some kind of advice, what would it be?

SLOW DOWN. Appreciate every small opportunity because it’s MY journey and no one else’s. There shouldn’t be this rising anxiety that you’re not where you’re supposed to be because your comparing your timeline or choices to that of someone else career path etc. Succeed for yourself not for the titles.

What steps did you take to be in the position/role that you are in now within your company?

I like to be realistic when speaking about my experiences because that’s what students should hear. Optimism instead of criticism on the proper steps to landing a job out of college. I did not have an internship or even applied to Crescent Crown, quite frankly I didn’t have a job lined up after college. I was sweating bricks thinking about how I wasn’t successful as I should’ve been. Then I got a call with the hiring manager who was our facility tour lead back when I was a VP on the board. He was impressed with how I could hold my members in conversation, engage fully into what we were learning and my personality. I snagged an interview and the rest is history. Now I sell beer for one of the most nationally recognized liquor distributors. Point being, hone in on your skills. Trust your gut, and work hard for your success. Do not let your doubts decide your future because integrity can lead you down a great path like it did for me in HBSA.

Class of 2017; graduated with a BA in Business Communications. Currently works as an On Premise Sales Representative

Yesenia Lopez

How did HBSA help you grow and help shape who you are today?

HBSA really allowed me to develop and grow as a professional. Being on the executive board provided me the opportunity to be a leader. Leading projects, networking with corporate partners, strengthening my public speaking. The list honestly goes on and on. If you don’t have the opportunity to be on the executive board, I highly encourage you to join a committee. There are plenty of ways to get involved and contribute to this amazing organization.

What’s some of your favorite memories that you have from HBSA?

Honestly there are way too many, but one that stands out revolves around my roommates who were also HBSA members (Happy to say we are still very close). The three of us had Marketing together. Classes were at 7:30am… gross right? Well it was the night before a major test and we found ourselves still studying in HBSA’s office until three in the morning. Well, we spent the night in HBSA’s office. It was the worst sleep of our lives, but such a funny memory. Don’t tell Dr. O!

If you could go back in time to tell your university self some kind of advice, what would it be?

Keep showing up despite all the obstacles life throws at you. College is hard. Starting life post-college is hard. Adulting is hard. But remember why you started in the first place. Be proud of yourself!

What steps did you take to be in the position/role that you are in now within your company?

I made the scary decision to go back to school to obtain my MBA. I had plateaued in my previous role, which made work boring and far from challenging. I took some time to self-reflect and realized that if I wanted to better myself I needed to get out of higher education. One of the electives I took was high growth ventures. This is where I was introduced to my current company, Guild Education. Never would I have thought that I would be at a start-up in the technology department. It’s a blessing to go to work excited every day.

Class of 2015; graduated with a BA in Business Communications with a minor in Special Event Management. Currently works as a product operations and support associate for Guild Education 

Deidre Zuniga 

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Arizona State University

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Tempe, AZ 85281

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