Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Michael Espericueta

Duke University, Fuqua School of Business

I am originally from a small town in southeast Texas and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, where I majored in Economics. My goal was to move into financial services but I was inspired to pursue a career in education by a course called Economics of Education. After A&M, I joined the College Advising Corps as a College Adviser where I served high school students at Westbury High School. I set a strategy for creating a college going culture by increasing the population of students that were accepted and matriculated to college. After my two-year service with the College Advising Corps, I transitioned to my role at Rice Business where I worked with Full-Time MBA students in the Student Program Office. It was during this time that I found my passion for working in diversity and inclusion so I started a new role as a Diversity Recruiter in the Recruiting and Admissions Office. In this role, I advised underrepresented populations of prospective students during their application process and supported current students on internal diversity initiatives. I am looking forward to begin my MBA journey at the Duke University - The Fuqua School of Business.

What made you consider business school?

Business school was always part of my post undergraduate goals. I was an Economics major at Texas A&M and thought I would move into Financial Services. After a few years of working in education and diversity and inclusion I find myself wanting more knowledge in order to help those around me.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am excited to be back in a classroom environment and being a student again. I am looking forward to building a network at Fuqua and learn from a diverse group of classmates. This will also be my first time living outside of Texas and I am looking forward to breaking out of my comfort zone and exploring new experiences.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

Howard Shultz: I am inspired by his passion for Starbucks, an organization that he started and made into a global brand. Even through the growth, Starbucks has kept the core values and customer experience that Schultz envisioned.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I'm a true Texan through and through. I grew up in a small farming community in Southeast Texas. I own about 10 pairs of "cowboy" boots and wear them anytime it's appropriate and I love listening to Texas country music. College football is life, especially Aggie football, I didn't miss an Aggie home game from 2007-2017.

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