MBA Education Path to Diversity Scholar Profile: Luis Contreras
By MBA Insights Staff
February 4, 2019
(One of a continuing series of profiles of participants in the MBA Education Path to Diversity (P2D) Scholarship Program, which enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.)
Luis Contreras is Vice President of National Accounts with MGIC, Milwaukee, Wis.
MBA INSIGHTS: Tell us about yourself.
LUIS CONTRERAS, MGIC: I have a Bachelor's Degree ini Business Management Finance and have completed the MBA Future Leaders program and School of Mortgage Banking Courses I and II. The SOMB courses were completed thanks to a Diversity & Inclusion Scholarship.
I was previously a Violin Performance major in college prior to switching majors thanks to an internship program provided by MGIC.. I am thrilled and honored to be considered for feedback regarding MBA's Diversity & Inclusion initiative. I am honored to have received the Diversity & Inclusion scholarship for the past two years. The education I've received from the MBA has played an important role in my career development. I am honored and grateful to be an example of what our organization is trying to achieve.
I was recently promoted to the role of Vice President of National Accounts with MGIC. The education and support I received from MBA played a key role in my personal development. I hope to be an example for others to follow.
INSIGHTS: How did you hear about the Path to Diversity program?
CONTRERAS: I wanted to get more involved thanks to the Future Leaders program. I truly believe we as an industry are making a difference in making home ownership possible. My goal is to complete my AMP and CMB certifications and also become more involved in our organization...I feel it's my duty to become more involved in leadership positions with MBA.
INSIGHTS: Did you find the application process to be easy?
CONTRERAS: The application process takes a lot of work but it is worthwhile in my opinion. It made me think and gather information about my career and senior management with MGIC for the necessary documents. I think this is an important exercise and I'm thankful to work for a company that values the education and support MBA provides.
INSIGHTS: Have you had a mentor or mentors who encouraged/supported you?
CONTRERAS: I've had many mentors both in my company and outside that have played a role in my career development. I am honored and blessed to follow those that came before me that taught me the core values and principles of our business. I hope to pass along what was taught to me by folks in my company and industry. Our company has a few CMBs which I consider an example for me to follow (Terry Aikin, CMB). I hope to follow their footsteps and become the mentor they are for me.
INSIGHTS: How has the Path to Diversity scholarship benefited you, personally and professionally?
CONTRERAS: I would not be in my current role as Vice President of National Accounts with MGIC without the leadership and education I've received from MBA. Thanks to Future Leaders I've become a better leader within my company. I've also become more well-rounded in all aspects of the mortgage business thanks to SOMB I and II. I am extremely grateful for the scholarships I've received which allowed me to complete Future Leaders and SOMB.
Personally, I take a lot of pride in our industry and MBA as I would not be in my current position personally and professionally without the support and resources provided by MBA. I am grateful and honored for the role MBA has played in my career development
INSIGHTS: What have you been able to bring back to your company as a result of the Path to Diversity program?
CONTRERAS: My company fully supports and has rewarded me thanks to education and leadership skills I received from MBA. I truly believe I would not be in my current role without the training and support MBA has provided me. Hopefully others can follow my footsteps. I was recently promoted to Vice President of National Accounts with MGIC. I believe the education I received from SOMB and Future Leaders played a large role in my development.
I have applied many of the leaderships skills, specifically team working and how to identify dysfunctional teams and correcting the problems. In my role I deal with all departments of mortgage companies. Because of SOMB I have become a better partner for my customers as I am able to understand their needs and develop strategies to become a partner.
INSIGHTS: What would you say to someone considering applying for a Path to Diversity scholarship?
CONTRERAS: I advise anyone that is interested in furthering their career to take part in SOMB and Future Leaders. I can see the efforts MBA is making in diversity and inclusion across my organization and all the customers I call on. We are all working to become a better representation of our society and therefore can understand our clients better. I am lucky and honored to be part of that change.
About the MBA Path to Diversity Scholarship Program
The Path to Diversity Scholarship Program recognizes existing industry professionals who are seeking to advance their careers through continuing education. Recipients receive a voucher to cover course registration fees, up to a maximum of $2,000, for popular MBA Education courses and designation programs. This education opportunity enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.
MBA recognizes that a strong, responsible and sustainable real estate finance industry requires a workforce that is reflective of our society at large.
For more information about the Path to Diversity Scholarship Program, click https://www.mba.org/conferences-and-education/mba-education/path-to-diversity