Thanks to La Salle, Marni Quevedo built his business acumen
There is a big difference between the Marni Quevedo, ’21, who entered La Salle University in 2017, and the Marni Quevedo who graduated from La Salle one semester early last winter with degrees undergraduate degree in finance and marketing.
As she spoke about her experiences at the School of Business, Quevedo paused to illustrate the difference.
“When I entered college, I couldn’t have spoken like I speak now,” said Quevedo, a native of Jim Thorpe, Pa. “I would have stuttered. I would have mumbled. It’s all changed. La Salle has helped me to be the best version of myself.
Quevedo highlighted his time working at the Center for Entrepreneurship and participating in the inside sales competition during his B2B sales course as transformative experiences that gave him confidence. Quevedo also cited the advice of Elizabeth Schroeder, Director of the Corporate Leadership Fellowship Program, in establishing the professional network through which she has positioned herself to land a job with Vertex Inc. starting in June.
“La Salle has helped me be the best version of myself”, Marni Quevedo, ’21
“I saw Marni grow and become a confident, dynamic and unstoppable young professional,” said Schroeder. “Marni has maximized her time at La Salle by getting involved, completing internships and work experiences, as well as giving back to the community. She overcame many obstacles with a growing mindset and a positive spirit.
Quevedo achieved this personal and professional growth as she worked to pay for her education at La Salle while completing six classes per semester in order to graduate a semester earlier. It was a heavy load that also included the weight of being a first generation college student whose father is from Peru. Upon entering La Salle, Quevedo quickly realized that she would have to work harder to acquire the insight and business acumen that many of her peers already seemed to possess.
“I joined as many organizations as I could and learned from my own experience,” Quevedo said. “I had to take extra steps to learn the things people already knew through their families.”
True to his nature, Quevedo has worked hard since graduating in December. With her older sister, Jenn, Quevedo started what she describes as a side business called Remember when, where siblings sell handmade polymer clay earrings. In addition to painting and woodworking, making handcrafted earrings is another extension of the artistic side, according to Quevedo, who will continue to inform his business endeavors throughout his career.
“I’m always going to have a career side, but I never want to lose my creative side,” Quevedo said. “In the long run, I want to be my own boss. I know a lot of people say this, but I have some ideas of what I can do with my creative side to help me achieve this.