The proud daughter of Dominican parents, Karina Nuñez-Rojas grew up in the bustling Washington Heights community of New York City. She graduated from Manhattan College in 2002 and, after working in social services, earned a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University. After five rewarding years working at a New York City charter school, Nuñez-Rojas decided to pursue an MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business to transition to a brand-management role. “My goal is to rise to a senior leadership position at a CPG [consumer packaged goods] firm that focuses on health and wellness or personal-care products,” Nuñez-Rojas says. “Just as important to my professional growth, I aim to provide mentorship and open doors to other women and minorities in business.”
Social media and big data have had a dynamic impact on consumers’ relationships with brands. I have had great opportunities to engage with industry leaders inside and outside of the classroom to think about these trends and how companies can use them to gain a competitive advantage.
I thrive in team settings, so it goes without saying that in my dream job I would be working with a team of highly driven, intelligent, and humble people. I would have access to incredible mentors and opportunities to step outside of my comfort zone and take on new professional challenges. Yet, I would have the balance to have a shared focus on family.
Master of Business Administration
University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, May 2013
Master of Science
Columbia University, School of Social Work, May 2006
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Manhattan College, May 2002
Summer 2012: Brand Management Intern
2006–2011: Social Worker
Opportunity Charter School
Latino Big Brothers Big Sisters Program
Junior Achievement of New York
My parents have been my greatest inspiration. In the face of any challenge, reflecting on their strength and perseverance always drives me to forge ahead.
Success is a journey. Throughout your course, your intended destination will often change. Ultimately, it is the outcome of stretching yourself to become (and be at peace with) the best version of yourself.