• Carolina Duarte, West Leyden Graduate (2008)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 5/2/2019 8:00:00 AM

    What business courses did you take in high school?Carolina Duarte

    Introduction to Accounting and Advanced Accounting

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?

    Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, L Club, Spanish Honor Society, and Band

    What year did you graduate Leyden?

    2008

    What is you undergraduate degree in?

    Bachelors of Science in Finance

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    What is the current company you work for?

    Northern Trust

    What is your job title?

    Senior Fund Accountant

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.

    I calculate and deliver net asset values for various fund products on the 3rd party unregistered team on daily basis. I deal with different types of assets such as bonds, equities, futures, currency contracts, etc. Performing data for individual manager portfolio by processing and reconciling on our accounting systems. Review transactions, perform maintenance on assigned accounts, checking and correcting discrepancies. Audit investment reports, cash statements, and supplemental reporting to verify data is posted correctly. Ensuring reports sent to client are accurate and sent within scheduled timeframes. Run daily valuation audits, investigate and resolve cash/position exceptions.

    What do you like about your current position?

    I really love that i get to see so many different types of assets that exist in the investing world. Seeing so many different funds and clients that each have their own strategy.

    What advice to you have for current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?

    Definitely take advantage of the Business classes that Leyden has to offer. It's a good way to explore different options before deciding what you really want to do. The teachers there are amazing and helpful.

    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?

    Take school serious, take as much classes as you can, and challenge yourself. Leyden is a wonderful school to prepare you for college and life. They have great teachers and you will learn a lot from each one of them. Any advice the teachers give you take that advice because it will come up later in life. Lastly, make sure you network, it's very helpful to talk to others that have different job backgrounds. It's helpful on deciding what you what to do.

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  • Emmanuel Oviedo, West Leyden Graduate (2014)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 4/5/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Emmanuel Oviedo
    What business courses did you take in high school?
    I mainly took IT courses such as digital literacy, Intro to networking, and TSI.
    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?
    I was involved in athletic PE and the engineering club.
    What year did you graduate Leyden?
    I graduated in 2014.
    What is the current company you work for?
    I work for Grosvenor Capital Management, a company in downtown Chicago.
    What is your job title?
    I am an IT Support Engineer.
    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.
    I help monitor and maintain computer systems and networks. I configure computers, diagnose hardware and software faults and solve technical and application problems, both over the phone and in person.
    What do you like about your current position?
    There is a lot of things I like about my job. Great compensation, up-to-date technology, professional environment, and the resources and tools to help you move on up in your career.
    In a short paragraph please give advice to current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden.
    Best advice I can give anyone is to learn soft skills. You can't always be the smartest person around but you can stand out by the way you interact and communicate with people. Also, make it clear you are eager to learn and move on up. Coming from someone without a college degree, I managed to make my way up by showing the right people that I was serious about learning and working hard. Stay open-minded and never give up.
    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?
    Get as much experience under your belt as possible. Whether it is through volunteer work, internships, contract work, etc. The world is competitive and having any type of experience will help you tremendously. In addition, have a positive mind and a great attitude and you'll do just great!

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  • Jesse Fuentes, East Leyden Graduate (2013)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 3/13/2019

    Jesse Fuentes What business courses did you take in high school?
    Computer Programming and Repair (RIP), TSI, AP Computer Science

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?
    Cross country, track & field, student council, peer leading, peer mediating, recycling club, FBLA, NHS, Spanish Honor Society, History Honor Society, ACCESS mentoring, marching band, jazz band, concert band

    What is you undergraduate degree in?
    Computer Science

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?
    University of Southern California

    What is the current company you work for?
    Qualcomm

    What is your job title?
    Software Engineer

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.
    I work on the Linux Android Telephony team and support all telephone-related features on the operating system. Daily work varies from week to week; sometimes it's debugging an issue or developing a feature for next year's OS release.

    What do you like about your current position?
    Everything is constantly evolving in our field year by year so it's important to keep up to date with what's new. I will never stop learning here.

    What advice do you have for current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?
    High school is a time for exploring without having to commit to anything. Take as many classes as you are interested in and can handle at a time. Learn from your mentors and your peers. Learn from your mistakes (it's okay to make mistakes BTW). After leaving Leyden, it was shocking to learn how unrivaled my high school was in terms of business and technology classes it offered. Take advantage of it all.

    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?
    Find your passion.

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  • Jacob Bas, West Leyden Graduate (2015)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 3/1/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Jacob Bas What business courses did you take in high school?

    Accounting

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?

    Golf and Key Club

    What year did you graduate Leyden?

    2015

    What is you undergraduate degree in?

    Mathematics with a Concentration in Finance
    Minors in Finance and Data Mining/Analytics

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?

    DePaul University

    What is the current company you work for?

    Currently work for Aon but will be working for Allstate upon graduation

    What is your job title?

    Currently an Actuarial Intern but will be an Actuarial Analyst upon graduation

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.

    I run risk analysis for large companies using different statistical methods. I then use this data to make informed decisions about the future.

    What do you like about your current position?

    I like the constant change that keeps the work challenging and interesting.

    What advice do you have for current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?

    With out a good knowledge of business or technology, it's difficult to find success within the professional world. Skills such as Accounting and Finance are known as the language of business and are essential in the work place, while Technology is the future of the business world. Taking classes that specify in these fields early on in your education set you apart from most other people and can be the deciding factor in many professional settings. It wasn't until I gained an understanding of the subjects first mentioned in these classes that I felt confident with my professional self. As a last piece of advice, study hard and gain an understanding now so that you can make your life less difficult in the future.

    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?

    While it may seem like a lot of what your doing now doesn't have much meaning, all of the hard work you put in will show itself in the future.

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  • Hilda Mendoza-Avila, East Leyden Graduate, (2017)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 2/28/2019

    What business courses did you take in high school?Hilda Mendoza-Avila
    AP Computer Science Principles, Consumer Education and Digital Literacy.

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?
    Leyden Student Summit, TechgURLs club, Da Una Mano club, Teatro Leyden and ExcELLence club.

    What is you undergraduate degree in?
    I am currently pursing my bachelors degree in computer science.

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?
    University of Illinois at Chicago

    What is the current company you work for?
    UIC Academic Computing and Communications Center

    What is your job title?
    Learning Technology Solutions Client Support Specialist

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.
    I communicate with faculty members in person, by phone, and by email to gather information about issues related to learning technologies and equipment in the learning environments on campus. Also, I develop plans to find the cause of hardware and software issues and the most effective way to resolve them.

    What do you like about your current position?
    I like to constantly be challenged to solve problems and to always approach a problem from a different perspective to come up with more innovative and effective ways to solve common technology issues.

    What advice do you have for current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?
    My advice to students taking business/technology classes at Leyden is to visualize the skills they would like to have under their belt once they get to college and then take the classes and join the clubs that will give them the opportunity to develop and strengthen said skills.

    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?
    There are many colleges and universities that give the opportunity to high school students to shadow college students and get a better idea of a specific discipline. Please don't hesitate to email college representatives to ask if that specific college/university offers this opportunity.

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  • Miriam Hernandez-Teran, East Leyden Graduate (2015)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 2/21/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Miriam Hernandez What business courses did you take in high school?
    TSI, Networking

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?
    Cross Country, Track, Soccer

    What is you undergraduate degree in?
    Informatics

    What college did you attend?
    Dominican University

    What is the current company you work for?
    Triton College

    What is your job title?
    Math Tutor

    What do you do on a daily basis at work?
    Engage with students to guide them through their math homework and/or questions

    What do you like about your current position?
    It doesn't feel like a job because I get to hang out with students and help them with their math. It feels great when they come back excited to tell me about their grades.

    What advice do you have for current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?
    Take as many different classes as you can because you never know what you might end up liking. Also, business with IT has become very popular in the professional world so don't take Leyden's opportunities for granted.

    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?
    Try new things, make new friends, and put in all your effort in everything you do because high school is going to fly by.

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  • Samantha Velasquez, West Leyden Graduate (2014)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 2/1/2019 7:00:00 AM


    Samantha Velazquez What business courses did you take in high school?
    Computer Coding and Repair, Networking, Technical Support Internship

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?
    Anime Club

    What year did you graduate Leyden?
    2014

    What is you undergraduate degree in?
    Associate in Science Major in Computer Science

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?
    Triton College

    What is the current company you work for?
    Single Path

    What is your job title?
    Technology Support Specialist

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.
    I am an IT end user support specialist. I take care of day to day technology issues ranging from laptops, handheld peripherals, to maintaining servers. 

    What advice do you have for current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?
    Take all of the opportunities you can while you are still in High School. Try to take charge at the things that scare you the most, because those are the ones that will help you grow the most. Do not be afraid of failure, because that is the best way to find the right path to success. Persevere, and keep moving forward with your goals. Do not forget to have fun when trying to reach toward success because it will make the journey more delightful.

    If anyone would like a mentor or seeks carerr advice, I'd be happy to speak with them.

     

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  • Adrian Perez, West Leyden Graduate (2016)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 1/7/2019 8:00:00 AM

     Adrian Perez

    What business courses did you take in high school?

    Sports Marketing, TSI

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?

    L Club, Baseball, Best Buddies, Student Council

    What year did you graduate Leyden?

    Class of 2016

    What is you undergraduate degree in?

    Sports Management

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?

    West Virginia University

    What is the current company you work for?

    Chicago Bandits

    What is your job title?

    Ticket Sales Intern

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.

    A typical work day for me involves calling hundreds of customers a day to try and persuade them to buy tickets or group packages to a Chicago Bandits sporting event. Along with over the phone sales, I also work ticket sales in person whether it be at the box office on game day or doing promotions at popular locations in downtown Chicago such as the Taste of Chicago to sell tickets for the organization.  

    What do you like about your current position?

    What I love most about my current position is being able to talk about sports with customers daily, and I get to be so entrenched in a sports environment even though I don’t compete in sports anymore.

    What advice do you want to give current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?

    My advice to Leyden students taking business/technology classes is to follow your passions, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone to follow your dreams. Whether your passion is sports, fashion, video games, or whatever it might be there is a future for you in the business world. Not all business degrees are accounting and finance. Pursue a degree/future in sports marketing, fashion design, art and video game design or any other unique passion you may have. In the wise words of Confucius, “find a job you enjoy doing and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?

    If any students would like to reach out to me with questions about college or sports marketing feel free to contact me via
    Email: aep0001@mix.wvu.edu
    Twitter: @Adrian_P34
    Instagram: @Adrian_P34
    LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adrian-perez-905b6711b

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  • Herald Alvarez, West Leyden Graduate (2010)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 12/3/2018 8:00:00 AM

     Herald Alvarez

    What business courses did you take in high school?

    Computer Literacy, Intro to Business ...while I was there Leyden didn't provide the digital/marketing classes that I would have opted into for business.

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?

    Sports: Varsity Cross Country + Indoor/Outdoor Track; Student Council; Outdoor Adventure Club; Athletics Club

    What year did you graduate Leyden?

    2010

    What is you undergraduate degree in?

    Liberal Arts - College of Communication; minor: Industrial Organizational Psychology

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?

    DePaul

    What is the current company you work for?

    Hilton World Wide Headquarters

    What is your job title?

    Portfolio Retail Manager

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.

    At Hilton, I help with partnership marketing with American Express, plan and execute digital content, and ideate new concepts for marketing initiatives or general efficiencies. Being a company with 14 different brands, I also work in a consultive role for these channels.

    What do you like about your current position?

    I have been fortunate to work at Levi Strauss & Co and Nike WHQ, but both have been in apparel retail. My current role challenges me to rethink consumer marketing and how I can blend previous experiences here. Being part of this new team allows me to create a pathway and create processes and change!  

    What advice do you want to give current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?

    High School isn't the place where you land and decide your career, rather the place to explore new classes and skillsets that will later help you. If you feel like the classes in HS aren't cutting it for you, make a meeting with your teachers so they can hear you out. More than not, they're going to be receptive and think of ways to challenge and expose you to what you're potentially thinking is valuable.

    Business, Technology, and Marketing are clear growth categories - take advantage of the free classes in HS.

    What other information would like to share with Leyden students?

    Make connections. It's the people you know that can help you out the most. Feel free to reach out! herald.alvarez@gmail.com

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  • Javier Perez, West Leyden Graduate (2011)

    Posted by Michael Haworth on 11/2/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Javy Perez

     

    What business courses did you take in high school?

    I took a sport business class with Tim Murphy. I had other classes, but that is the one that stood out the most to me.

    What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?

    I played varsity baseball and golf. I was involved in student council leadership, Academic Team, Snowball, L-Club, Adventure Club, and a few other clubs.

    What year did you graduate Leyden?

    2011

    What is you undergraduate degree in?

    I received a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business Management

    What college did you attend for your undergraduate degree?

    University of Iowa

    What is the current company you work for?

    I work for the University of Iowa Foundation. I previously worked for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Steel hockey team.

    What is your job title?

    I am Assistant Director of Development for University Programs.

    Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.

    I speak with university alumni, partners, and donors from around the world to secure funds and resources for the University of Iowa. These funds help benefit students and faculty to provide the best possible education.

    What do you like about your current position?

    I love that I get to interact with hundreds of people and hear their stories. It's interesting how someone ended up at the university and where their career took them after graduation. No two stories are the same and almost everyone had to overcome obstacles to make their dreams possible. This means that no two days are the same. One day I'll be on the east coast speaking with distinguished alumni about their business, the next day I'll be in Iowa having dinner with 39 international writers from 36 different countries learning about their cultures.  

    What advice do you want to give current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden?

    Use these classes at Leyden to find your passion. I had no idea what college I wanted to go to or what I wanted to study. It was my senior year, and I was worried that I wouldn't get in anywhere. My friends were getting accepted into schools, and my grades weren't the best. I loved the technology and graphic design classes I took at Leyden, so I applied as a graphic design major to schools. Once I got into college I realized that it wasn't for me. Then I remembered the sport business class I took at Leyden. I changed my major to Sport Business and excelled immediately. My grades weren't the best in college either. I stood out by working hard and getting to know my professors. I was hired my junior year of college by the Chicago White Sox. After graduating college I was shocked at the sports teams that started calling me and asking me to work for them. Teams like the Nashville Predators, Washington Nationals, Miami Dolphins, Indiana Pacers just to name a few. I never thought that I could make a career out of sports. Luckily, the class I took at Leyden showed me that working in sports was a possibility. I used what I learned at Leyden and expanded on it in through college. Find something that you love and work hard to become the best at it. Don't worry about chasing after money. Do what you love and the money will come.

    What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?

    I have a lot of information that I would like to share. The most important takeaway that I learned is take chances. I didn't think I would get into college, but I ended up getting into every college I applied to. I was offered scholarships to go to schools in Illinois, but I turned them down to attend the University of Iowa. I felt most at home when on campus in Iowa. I had no idea how I would pay for college, but the worst thing that could happen is I would have to move back to Illinois and attend a smaller school. Three weeks into school I got a call from the university finance department. They informed me that my senior year grades at Leyden were high enough to give me a scholarship that will pay for half of my school and all of my books until I graduate. I couldn't believe it. I made the most of this opportunity. I found a job on campus and became the mascot of the university which gave me an athletic scholarship. I traveled the country as the mascot and did some amazing things. I've played basketball in Madison Square Garden, competed on ESPN, visited Washington DC, and so much more. I took a huge chance by following my heart and choosing the University of Iowa instead of the other universities that were offering me scholarships. In the end it couldn't have worked out any better. I hope that other students at Leyden dream big, take chances, and make the most out of every opportunity. You never know where your life will take you.

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