Angelica Navarro

Dec 06, 11 Angelica Navarro

City you live in:
Chicago, IL.

Occupation and why?
I am currently working as a Financial Analyst in a metal distribution company. It’s a position that I have literally worked to be promoted into for about 4 or 5 years. Similar to many students, when I graduated from high school I was unsure of what to study when I went into college. I figured studying business was the way to go since I wanted to be my own boss one day and therefore own my own business. By my senior year in college, I had fallen in love with the strategic and financial aspect of running a business.

After I graduated from college I took the first job that was offered to me. I was the first in my family to graduate from college and taking any office job was fulfilling for me. I learned pretty quickly that I needed to be more ambitious. I spoke with managers and HR and presented them with case studies that I enjoyed doing while I was in college. After three months, I was promoted into sales. A few months later I was handling the largest contract account in the Midwest and about a year after that I moved into International Sales. Not content, I took my case studies to the director of financial planning and analysis and requested his opinion on where I should head with my career. He advised that I would never be taken seriously if I did not get my Master’s and if I did not get some experience. So off to school I went, in addition to agreeing to do side jobs for the finance department. Five years later, here I am.

A regular day consists of?
My day always begins with my two dogs waking me up at the crack of dawn by jumping up and down at my bedside like little bunnies. They are nowhere near the size of bunnies though. They are two massive pits. After I tend to them it’s off to the office. The hours at the office vary depending on the needs of the business. Sometimes there are days where I have a regular flow of work and other days are so hectic that it seems that I might as well set up camp for the week because I am not going anywhere.  When I am out of the office I am either working out, hiking with the dogs, working on my blog, working with the Latino Youth Action League, and just now working on a new product that I want to get out in the market by Christmas of 2012. Everything I am working on is extremely new, but I have received so much support from a variety of sources and that I am more motivated than ever.

How do you define success?
Success to me equals happiness. Everything that I am currently working on makes me happy. It brings me an awesome level of satisfaction. Therefore, everything that I have worked for has been well worth it.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was probably getting myself through college. I traveled 3 hours just to get to school, I played soccer in school, and I also worked two jobs. I look back and I cannot believe I was able to do this for four years straight.

What advice would you give a Latina who wants to follow in your footsteps?
Never EVER give up no matter what anyone tells you. You have the capacity to accomplish whatever your heart desires. Getting no for an answer is no excuse to stop trying.

What’s on your bucket list?
I have not had the opportunity to travel. I have to at least travel to Peru to see Macchu Picchu.

I am proud to be Latina because:
I love that we are very sexy, independent, intelligent, passionate and fiery woman. I love our cultures and how they run through our blood.  I love that we are very spiritual and so full of life.

How do you get your Latin fix?
By going to family parties. Their parties consist of tamborazos, bandas, mariachis, deejays, taqueros, tamales, pozole, carnitas, dancing, piñatas, and tons of people. I love it!

Spanglish, English, Spanish?
All of the above.

What is your favorite Latin restaurant?
Las Islas Marias. I love their ceviche!

My favorite Latina stereotype is:
That we all know how to dance!

Best advice from mami and/or abuelita:
“Be patient, things will happen when it’s your time”. I believe I am the most impatient person ever.

Favorite home remedy:
Caldo de pollo and té de manzanilla with honey and lemon.

Favorite Quote
“This is your life, not a dress rehearsal”.

Career Highlights
I created my blog, La Rosa Negra, June 2011

I joined the Latino Youth Action League in the Summer of 2011. The organization is currently focused on helping undocumented students, but we hope to expand into other areas that affect minority youth. I am currently assisting the organization in obtaining its 501(c)(3) and hope to handle the career enhancement and business development portion once the structure has been finalized.

- I enjoy attending networking events, especially those of the Hispanic Alliance of Career Enhancement.
The organization assisted me in my job hunt after I graduated from DePaul University for my Master’s Degree. This same organization is also assisting me as I write out the business plan to my future business.

- I have been playing soccer since I was 9 and I have not been able to stop playing since then. I have played in recreational leagues and both in high school and college.

- LOVE to dance.

♦ Angelica Navarro has worked in the metals industry for 8 years as a program coordinator, transactional sales, inside sales, credit analyst, and financial analyst.

♦ In November 2010 she obtained her MBA with a concentration in Finance.

♦ In June 2011 she launched her blog La Rosa Negra, which speaks about Education, Career Advancement, Immigration, Community, Health/Fitness, and Beauty. She is currently partnered up with the American Podiatric Medical Association to spread information on the importance of diabetics taking care of their ankles and feet and to promote the “Knock Your Socks Off’ campaign.

♦ Also, in the Summer of 2011 Angelica joined the Latino Youth in Action League, which currently focuses on helping undocumented students. She is currently assisting the organization in obtaining its 501(c)(3) and hopes to handle the career enhancement and business development portion once the organizational structure has been finalized.

♦ In addition, she is also a volunteer of the Instituto del Progreso Latino, assisting United States residents to become citizens. [/career]
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