“Now is the time:” Evening MBA student finds community, growth and path to leadership

Cinthya La Rosa, BS’11, MBA’20, isn’t afraid of growth. It has driven her personal and professional decisions her whole life, and it’s what brought her to the Kelley School of Business Evening MBA Program.

Cinthya’s the director of administration at the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), which has experienced tremendous growth itself over the past year – doubling its staff size and soon moving into a new building. That all comes with unique opportunities and challenges for Cinthya, who manages all human resources-related responsibilities as well as grants and compliance functions for the organization.

“As the initiatives grow at CICP, they’re going to need more leaders to support that growth, and new opportunities will emerge. I don’t want to be overlooked for a leadership position simply because I don’t have a graduate degree,” she said. “I waited seven years before returning to school, and I’m thankful my job exposed me to many different responsibilities in that time. Education is key to advancing in my career, but it’s also a personal goal.”

After moving from Peru to the United States with her family when she was 13, Cinthya quickly understood the power of education and hard work. Her parents were diligent workers, and at 15, Cinthya got a job at the airport that required her to get up at 2 a.m. on weekend mornings. This built the foundation of her indelible work ethic. She earned a full scholarship to the Kelley Indianapolis Undergraduate Program, where she attended school full time while working.

“I knew I’d return to Kelley for my MBA – not only because I knew from personal experience how recognized the program is, but also because I could get involved in a way I didn’t have time for the first time around,” she said.

One of the advantages of the Kelley Evening MBA Program is that it’s fully structured for working professionals. I could work, attend school and give back to the community that gave me so much.

Cinthya La Rosa, BS’11, MBA’20