Maria Paulo Osorio Marin
MBA candidate
Harvard Business School

Through MBALaunch, Maria Paulo Osorio Marin bonded with like-minded women and mentors who helped her value her personal story. Then she scored MBA admission to Harvard and pivoted her career to a new industry.

Maria was already touring MBA schools when she discovered Forté. While on vacation in New York, she attended a college fair in Times Square. That’s where she spotted the Forté’s MBALaunch program, which pairs women seeking an MBA with a support network and structured roadmap for applying to business school.

“I was extremely happy to see MBALaunch helping people all over the world,” Maria said. “This program is the final push to deploy yourself and shoot for the stars.”

Building her best application with MBALaunch

Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Maria began her career as an analyst for J.P. Morgan after graduating with undergraduate degrees in engineering and business administration. Then she joined Frontera Energy as a hedging coordinator in Colombia just before the multinational petroleum company entered one of its most volatile periods.

“Oil prices started to collapse at a quick rate, and the company went through a massive restructuring process,” Maria said. “I got a lot of opportunities to take on many responsibilities besides hedging, working with treasury, with consultants who were overlooking the restructuring process and on projects with senior management.”

When it came time to craft her MBA applications, Maria’s MBALaunch mentor pushed her to tap into the unique strengths she built from that experience.