Alicia Samaniego

Alicia Samaniego
Class of 2017
Program Details: 
EMBA Americas
Previous Education: 
Bachelor degree in Economics
Current Work: 
Executive Director at REIMPEX Group
Post-CBS Goals: 
Transform the Family Business into an International Corporation
Favorite NYC Activities: 
Enjoy the city with friends
Areas of Interest: 

What brought you to Columbia Business School?

My dream has always been to study in a top-tier school. But because I was already working at our family business, where many people depended on me (so I couldn’t just leave my job to live abroad for a few years) and because I was already married, I never thought I would fulfill my dream.

Nevertheless, I kept reading news about the different programs, business schools, students, professors, etc. One day I came across an article that described the EMBA Americas program at CBS, I thought it was made just for me: a program in one of the best business schools in the world, in one of the most dynamic cities of the world, that fit my schedule.

I learned everything I could about CBS and realized that they understood people like me; it was a perfect fit!

What was your favorite part of the program?

Everything! Being part of a community that challenges you, that wants you to be your best self, learning new things every day, being in NYC, meet new friends. Being at CBS was one of the best experiences of my life.

When did you first feel the impact of the program?

During the program, I was amazed by the school, the professors and my classmates, and so I didn’t pay much attention to how the program was changing me. But by the end of the last term, I realized how far I had come from that first day of class. When the program was about to start, I thought of how much I would learn in the next 20 months, but I could have never imagined ALL the things I now know.

Did you have a favorite professor?

My favorite professor is Medini Singh, from the Operations department. There are very few people in this world who are born to teach. He is definitely one of them. It was a privilege to be in his class.

What are your future career plans? How has CBS influenced them?

I’m taking over the family business. CBS taught me how far I can push myself and others, CBS trained me to be a leader, to be competitive and to always expect more.

How did the CBS community — especially through its diversity and support — affect your experience in business school?

Going into the program, my goal was to be more confident and to learn as much as I could to become my best self. Throughout the program, I learned from my classmates and from my professors. Everyone was supportive and wanted the best for me.



Fall 2015 Cross-Registration Dates

  • A-term, B-term, and Full-term electives: 10:00 am on Thursday August 20th until 4:00 pm Tuesday September 8th.
  • B-Term electives: 10:00 am Wednesday October 21st until 4:00pm Wednesday October 28th.