Ale Martinez Malaver
Full-Time MBA Class of 2024
Professional Roles and Achievements
- Academic Roles: VP of Communications – Entrepreneurship Business Club and VP of Sustainable Development- Design & Innovation Business Club.
- First-generation master student and the first member of the family to study abroad.
- Quitted her job as a lawyer to be the Head of Legal and Finance Departments in the family business.
-MBA Batch of 2024
-University of the Andes, Bachelor in Law with Coterminal Degree in Private Law, 2017
-University of the Andes, Postgraduate Studies in Financial Law, 2018
-University of the Andres, Postgraduate Studies in Financial Management, 2020
What is invisible but essential about YOU? or ESADE? or Barcelona?
I was born into a Colombian family of humble origins that built a business from scratch. Creative entrepreneurs who, without many tools, managed to excel, honestly and responsibly, by contributing to the economic and social development of their family and their community.
Growing up surrounded by successful entrepreneurs has been very inspiring but also a great challenge for me. Since I started my professional journey, I have been confronting unconscious biases and working to silence an inner voice that unjustifiably insinuated that I wasn’t capable enough to face leadership roles as my parents have done.
This personal journey began by identifying that this self-perception problem was not only mine, but that it occurs in many women, who face unconscious biases, learned stereotypes, and social barriers, which make us less prone to exercising leadership. Concepts such as the glass ceiling and the impostor syndrome are present in our professional trajectories and lead to the indicators we know today.
Naming it was a great start, but what made the difference was looking around and being inspired by other women’s stories. I am not talking just about great business women or public figures, but also about the ones whose successes might not look that big, but were really impactful within their communities.
My grandmother is the one who has inspired me the most. A woman who came into this world more than a century ago, who never went to school and learned to read and write by looking through the window of the little school in the town where she was born. At the age of eight years old, she was orphaned by her parents and then by her grandparents and finally abandoned by her brother. She was a single mother with four children. She did all kinds of jobs to support her family and educated her children with values. She always reinforced the importance of education, but the only one who was able to go to university was the youngest, my father.
Today, two generations later, I am studying an MBA at one of the best business schools and I know that I owe a great part of the privilege of being here to the efforts of my grandmother. Her will, her ambition and her desire to grow, led her to building a family that supported me to become who I am today.
Thank you for being my inspiration abuelita Margarita!