Vanderbilt MBA 2011
HR Manager at Microsoft
A native of Peru who spent part of her childhood in Brazil, Claudia Escobedo speaks Spanish, Portuguese and English, and can even speak some Chinese. She majored in journalism as an undergraduate, and has covered national politics as a news radio reporter.
Her international experience, communications background and ability to work with people from various walks of life served Claudia well as National Director of the Intel Teach Program in Peru, which trains teachers to integrate technology into their lessons. Working closely with the Ministry of Education, she built from scratch a program that impacted 15,000 teachers and one million children.
Gradually, Claudia realized "I had a strong passion for managing human and material resources"—and that an MBA would give her the broader understanding of business to pursue that passion. Applying to Owen, she says, "was a no-brainer. It has the best concentration in human capital among the top 30 MBA programs in the U.S."
She was accepted by four other premier business schools, and visited them all. The visit to Vanderbilt sealed her decision. The admissions staff had arranged for a student to serve as her host, and for lunch with two Owen students from Peru. That night, Claudia dined at the home of Professor Nancy Lea Hyer. "Everyone was really supportive and sincere," Claudia says, "and displayed a strong interest in me from the beginning."
Now, after a first year that included traveling to China with several classmates to provide insights about the Chinese market to a U.S.-based company—Claudia views Owen as "the most exciting and fulfilling experience of my life. From the very beginning, I could see I made the right decision."