Team Member Spotlight: Elisa

Team Member Full Name: Elisa Sepulveda

Preferred Name: Elisa

Job Title: Consultant

Where did you go to graduate school and what did you study?

I graduated from the Johnson School of Business with an MBA and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations with an MILR (Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations) in 2010. While at the Johnson School, I studied marketing and while at ILR, I focused on organizational psychology. I spent two and a half cold years in Ithaca, NY for my dual degree.

What are your top 3 takeaways (academic or otherwise) from your time in graduate school?

  1. Building your network with your classmates, professors, and alumni is just as important as getting good grades.
  2. It’s important to learn frameworks, it’s more important to apply them to real business situations.
  3. Always assume you are problem solving with  limited to no resources. This is often the reality once you get into a job after school and it leads to more creative problem solving.

Tell us about your current full-time job.

I currently work at a company called Galvanize as their evangelist for Texas. Galvanize is a learning community for technology that is a home to entrepreneurs and fortune 500s  in co-working spaces and technical training. The company was founded in 2012 in and I live in Austin, which was our 5th location. I create a strong community for entrepreneurs, fortune 500s, venture capitalists, and technologists through programming and partnerships. I love my job!

How did you start working with The Art of Applying?

I met Kaneisha through, what else, my MBA network! She got my name from some connections at Cornell and asked me to be on an MBA panel for women. I was inspired by Kaneisha’s founder story and excited to give back to other aspiring MBAs.

What’s your favorite thing about The Art of Applying’s clients?

My clients are very driven people that inspire me in my own work. I love learning about their goals and seeing them come to fruition throughout the application process.

What’s a fun fact about yourself you’d like to share with The Art of Applying’s readers?

I spend my days working with new technologies and entrepreneurs in Downtown Austin and my free time with my pets in the Texas Hill Country. I am an avid equestrian and I love to ride and love on my horse Watson. He gets along well with my miniature schnauzer, Lola, who loves to run around the pastures when we visit Watson at the barn.

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