2023 Best & Brightest Business Major: Alexia Esquivel, University of Arizona (Eller)

Alexia Esquivel

University of Arizona, Eller College of Management

“An adaptable and compassionate leader with a zeal for Harry Styles, Musical Theatre, and Mentoring.”

Fun fact about yourself: I love listening to vinyl records and have a vast collection of them.

Hometown: Flagstaff, Arizona

High School: Maricopa High School

Major: Finance and Management Information Systems

Minor: N/A

Favorite Business Course: Business Communication 314

Extracurricular Activities, Community Work and Leadership Roles During College:

Eller Leadership Board – President, VP of Marketing, Diversity Chair

Eller Leadership and Integrity Training for Excellence – Member

Eller Hispanic Honorary- VP of Correspondence, Member

Advanced Zipperman Associates – Member

Arizona Consulting Club- Member

Zipperman Scholars Program – Member

Business Communication 314 – Project Manager

Business Administration 200 – Preceptor

Computers and the Internetworked Society (MIS 111) – Preceptor

Highest Academic Distinction

Dean’s List with Distinction

Eller Rising Star Award

Eller Top Collegiate Woman of the Year

Eller Hispanic Honorary’s Top 50 Scholar

Eller Top Multicultural Student of the Year

Eller Scholar of the Year 2022-2023

University of Arizona Homecoming Court 2022

Eller Make a Difference Day- Volunteer

Where have you interned during your college career? Protiviti: Internal Audit and Financial Advisory Intern (Denver, Colorado)

Where will you be working after graduation? I will be working at Ernst & Young as a technology consultant in Phoenix, Arizona.

Who is your favorite business professor? My favorite business professor is Kimberly Marchesseault. She is a professor for Business Communications 314. This class focuses on your public speaking skills, and I grew tremendously not only personally but professionally as well. Kim encouraged me to continue working on myself, and I have had the opportunity to help others develop professionally as a project manager.

What is the biggest lesson you gained from studying business? The biggest lesson I gained from studying business is the value of time. Time is very important right now in many aspects- it is important to take advantage of the time you have right now, think about the future strategically, and always keep in mind that time is money.

What advice would you give to a student looking to major in a business-related field? I would tell a student looking to major in a business-related field to find their community within their business school. It is important to have your “board of directors” that you can lean on and gain advice from. This community can come from getting involved or through your classes. Make sure you are relying on those around you because you are not alone.

What has surprised you most about majoring in business? What has surprised me most about majoring in business is the importance of utilizing your resources. Most classes are pushing you to think outside of the box and can often make you reach your limit.  However, it is important to rely on those around you because it truly takes a village.

Looking back over your experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently in business school and why? As a first-generation student, I put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed, and I often dealt with imposter syndrome. One thing I would do differently in business school is go back and tell myself that I belong here. I would have had so much more confidence in myself earlier on, but nevertheless, I am grateful for the experiences I have had that have made me the woman I am today.

What business leader do you admire most? A business leader I admire most is my father, Miguel Esquivel; he is an entrepreneur and owns his own small business restaurant. He is the reason I chose to major in business and inspires me every day with his dedication and passion. My father can do anything he puts his mind to, and I have learned so much from him. I aspire to lead the way he has in everything I do in the future.

Which academic, extracurricular or personal achievement are you most proud of? I am most proud of being President of the Eller Leadership Board, which oversees the Eller Leadership and Integrity Training for Excellence Program – a program for first-year students. In this position, I have had the opportunity to mentor seniors, juniors, sophomores, and first-year students. I am a resource to those around me, and I have been able to give the advice I wish I would have known my first year. Additionally, the program has a marketing case competition in which teams are tasked to sell a product to university students. My first-year team raised about $300, and the proceeds were given to Steele Children’s Research Center at the university. Since then, I have helped run the competition, and we have given the University’s children’s research center over $15,000 in the last three years. Having the opportunity to develop professional skills and give back to a great cause has shaped my college experience.

Which classmate do you most admire? A peer I most admire is Celeste Mesa. Celeste is one of the most hard-working, passionate, and dedicated individuals I know. She gives her all to every organization she is a part of and uplifts those around her. I know that I can always rely on her when I am in need of professional or personal advice. She represents the best of Eller.

Who would you most want to thank for your success? I would like to thank my mom, Ma Blanca Esquivel, for my success. She is my biggest supporter, and I would not have been able to make it this far without her. My mom is selfless, compassionate, and dependable. She is everything I aspire to be. Everything I do is for my parents, and I cannot thank them enough for the sacrifices they have made to give me an education. Being your daughter is truly the greatest accomplishment of my life. I owe everything to you: thank you.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list? A top item on my professional bucket list is to work hard and be able to give back to my family in any way I can.

Another item on my professional bucket list is to join an organization or find a community, whether it be with my company or outside, in which I have the opportunity to give back to my community.

What are your hobbies? My hobbies include hammocking, traveling, going to concerts, reading, and the theatre.

What made Alexia such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2023?  

“Alexia’s involvement and commitment to students has been unwavering during the two years I have known her. Due to her desire to help others, for the past three semesters, Alexia has served as a preceptor for students in the Business Communication course that I teach. Her approachability and talent for connecting with diverse students has enabled her to successfully mentor and lead. Students respect Alexia due to her helpful and thought-provoking feedback. Alexia is an invaluable addition to the class of 2023 because she consistently serves and lifts up those around her.”

Kimberly Marchesseault
Senior Lecturer and Co Director Business Communication Program

“Alexia Esquivel is one of the brightest and most humble students that I have met during my time at Eller. Alexia was an invaluable addition to the Class of 2023 not only because of her willingness to support and provide guidance to others, but also because of her genuinely kind heart and commitment to furthering inclusivity in the various spaces and activities in which she was engaged. Alexia has demonstrated through her numerous involvements that she is not only very optimistic and personable, but she also gives one hundred percent to all her endeavors. I truly feel that Alexia brightens any space that she walks into and is a devoted and driven student that deserves this recognition more than anyone.”

Brianna Fulp
Career Coach and Belongingness Coordinator
Eller College of Management


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