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Emmanuel Berrelleza '21 attends Adelante Conference 2018

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Emmanuel Berrelleza '21 at the Harvard Business School’s Adelante Conference hosted by the Latino Student Organization.

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Adelante 2018 is Harvard’s premier Latino Business conference focused on debating the issues, policy, and opportunities facing Latino leaders in the US.

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Mini-Grant recipient, Emmanuel Berrelleza '21, shares his experience attending Adelante Conference 2018, a Latino professional conference hosted by the Latino Student Organization at Harvard Business School.

I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Adelante Conference hosted by the Latino Student Organization at Harvard Business School. The conference was jam packed with Harvard Business School Latino alumni speakers, panelists, and workshops. While I was able to gain valuable insight on Harvard Business School’s admissions requirements, I most enjoyed the opportunities I had to interact with many of the other conference attendees as well as the invited speakers. The Latino Student Organization hosted this event partially in response to the need of more minority representation at institutions of higher education. It was refreshing to see so many people from a similar cultural background as mine invested in the success of one another. I left the conference with a renewed sense of empowerment and higher purpose for the things I am involved with at Dartmouth.

I have been involved with Dartmouth’s entrepreneurial club, now known as the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship, since my freshman year living on the DEN Living Learning Community in McLaughlin. Many of the activities I partook in at Dartmouth highly correlated with the opportunities Harvard Business School can provide. I never fully considered attending business school in general until I attended this conference. Not only did it expose me to the possibilities that can be achieved with an MBA degree, it also revealed that pursuing an MBA program is very much obtainable.

A really enjoyable experience I had at the conference was participating in a mock case study during one of the sessions. Participants shared thoughtful insights which incorporated their work experience into each answer.

My experience at the Adelante conference also allowed me to be exposed to professional careers I had never considered before. An MBA degree can quite literally open doors for any sector, public or private. I left the conference with an expanded professional network, in-depth insight into the possibilities an MBA program can provide, and optimism for the future.

-Submitted by Emmanuel Berrelleza '21, Rockefeller Center Mini-Grant Recipient 

The Rockefeller Center's Mini-Grants program funds registration fees for students attending conferences, as well as the costs of bringing guest speakers to Dartmouth. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Rockefeller Center or constitute an endorsement by the Center.

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