“I love being able to put my people on and bring them up with me. It’s empowering both for them and me.”
At only 20 years old, Alejandra has created a strong network within the business industry with companies such as, research and inclusive recruitment firm Carrington & Carrington, Ltd, accounting firm PwC and real estate consulting firm Real Estate Analysis, Inc. just to name a few.
By day you will find Ms. Gomez hustling through two job or finishing up her undergraduate studies in Finance at University of Illinois at Chicago. By night, well let’s put it this way, she’s still hustling hard because this girl is always working.
“I’m the kind of person who has to stay productive. I don’t know how to “take a break”. I find that to be a waste of time, especially since I’m always looking for more ways to better myself, whether it be networking, my academics, or staying fit. I have to stay moving.”
When asked to who she attributes her ambitious demeanor from, she notes that if it wasn’t for her father’s positive reinforcement to be a leader, she wouldn’t be where she is today.
I’d like to say I owe my success to myself. At least majority of the time because I essentially put in the work to accomplish my goals. But I also owe it to my dad. He is the hardest working person that I know and he makes so many sacrifices for me and my family. We’re very much alike, in the sense that we both always have to be doing something at all times. He is my rock… So, to answer this question, I owe my success to myself but because I want to make my father proud.
Alejandra explains that the most rewarding aspect of her career journey has been being able to put people onto the right paths to achieving their own goals, through the networks she’s built. She states, “It may not always be with job opportunities, but in some cases with my advice. I feel like because of where I’ve placed myself in life, naturally my leadership demeanor forces me to want to lead others on to the right paths.”
She also explains that the most challenging aspect throughout her career has been having to pay for school. “As a first generation student, my transition into college was difficult, especially because I didn’t have much guidance as to what I had to do to get where I needed to be. But being the person I am, I wasn’t afraid to take initiative and seek for those opportunities. I never thought I would end up as a business major. Currently, I am focusing on starting my career in management consulting. But it’s not an easy journey, my life has been so hectic. I only come home to sleep, not even to eat sometimes. But I have confidence that it’ll all pay off.”
Alejandra’s resilient perspective on life is what has allowed her to continue on in her path of being a boss woman. And she wears her confidence like an Executive.
Confidence is being able to walk into a room and knowing that you aren’t better than anyone, but recognizing that you are different. It’s being able to work the room with those qualities that make you different, while not caring about what others will think about you.