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Kristy Ruiz

Life Motto

"Positive attitude, persistence, and taking risks are all part of taking ownership for one’s development."


Kristy Ruiz

Eller Evening MBA '09 (Tucson)

Undergraduate Degree

  • Retailing and Consumer Sciences, The University of Arizona

What made you decide to come back to school?

I chose to return to school in order to learn more, earn another degree, and differentiate myself among other young professionals and create new paths. I am seeking continuous upward mobility and feel that the MBA has already set the stage for connections that will lead to future endeavors.

Why did you choose Eller?

I chose Eller because it is conveniently located in Tucson and has a positive reputation all over the country. I spoke to many alumni over the past few years who all speak very highly of their learning experiences from the program.

What is your favorite thing about Eller?

My favorite thing about Eller is the value-added opportunities. Even though the Evening program is a lock-step cohort, students are able to craft an individualized experience through field study projects, additional coursework outside of the stated curriculum, international business trips, and actively participating in networking evenings.

What positions have you held in the past? With what companies?

I was recently promoted to programming manager with Take Charge America Institute for Consumer Financial Education and Research in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at The University of Arizona. I held a prior position in the same department as program development specialist, coordinating personal finance case-study competitions and co-advisor to the Students in Free Enterprise team.

Before that, I was an academic advisor for pre-business students in the Eller College of Management, advisor for the Multicultural Business Student Association and Hispanic Business Student Association, and I partnered with Dr. Leslie Eldenburg to coordinate the Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP) during its initial two years to increase awareness about the field of accounting among historically underrepresented populations. I've also worked as a Mervyn’s assistant store manager and business analyst trainee in both California and Arizona.

What has been your most rewarding career experience?

The most rewarding career experience is being able to continuously contribute to the development of others, empowering them to analyze situations and to stimulate behavior changes that will further their professional growth.

In terms of career, where do you see yourself in 10 years? 

In terms of career in 10 years, I see myself leading a team of individuals who continue to challenge my thinking, just as my MBA colleges have done for me, whether it is for a large corporation or my own enterprise. I plan to visit more countries, whether it is for my employer or self directed travel. I also see myself continuing to give back to the Eller College because I experience first-hand the value of ongoing support to higher education, both financial and volunteering.

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