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Education: BS, business administration, accounting (minor, ethnic studies), California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Company Name: Moss Adams LLP Industry: Accounting, Consulting Company CEO: Chris Schmidt Company Headquarters Location: Seattle, Washington Number of Employees: 3,400 Your Location (if different from above): Hayward, California Words you live by: Keep moving, make mistakes, but don’t give up. Who is your personal hero? My abuelita (grandmother) What book are you reading? Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés What was your first job? Cleaning rental chairs, tables, and jumpers for my uncle’s business Favorite charity: La Clínica, a California health center (serving the East Bay area) Interests: Playing and watching soccer, home gardening, and playing Rummikub

Surrounding myself with those who have the leadership traits I wish to develop, or those who are already advancing in a role I am aspiring to, has been crucial to my personal and career growth.

A Mentor by Any Other Name Mentors can carry the official title of mentor or simply be role models who influence you by their example. One of the earliest role models was my abuelita Socorro. My grandmother, living in a one-bedroom adobe farmhouse, raised and provided for her 10 kids as a single mother, while my grandfather was a bracero in the North. Despite living deserted in a machista society, my grandmother did not concede but rather stood up, worked, and asked for what she deserved. Through her life example of working late nights and early mornings, and

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not giving up, to make ends meet, my grandmother taught me the value of self-worth, a strong work ethic, and fighting for a fair shot at life. Another instance where a role model influenced me by example was Ms. Belden, my high school English teacher. Growing up, I didn’t have immediate examples or images of how to dress for business or professional events. In high school, when it came to class project presentations, I chose my outfit keeping my English teacher in mind. I would ask myself, “Is this something Ms. Belden would wear to

school?” Without knowing, my English teacher’s style and school dress code set me up for success as I rolled into job interviews, summer program internships, and now the workplace. Surrounding myself with those who have the leadership traits I wish to develop, or those who are already advancing in a role I am aspiring to, has been crucial to my personal and career growth. Their shared knowledge has not only helped build my character, work ethic, and presentation, it has also led me to opportunities and broadened my point of view.

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