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Angelica S. Gutierrez

  • Gender: Female
  • University: University of California - Los Angeles
  • University: University of Michiga
  • Undergraduate Degree: Political Science and Sociology
  • Post Graduate Degree: PhD
  • Graduate Degree: Public Policy
  • Hometown: Los Angeles
  • State: CA
  • Organization: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  • Position Title: Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Gutiérrez was born and raised in the community of Lincoln Heights in Los Angeles, California. Raised by her mother, who had emigrated from Mexico and worked in local factories to make ends meet, she never imagined her life would play out the way it did. 

In elementary school, she struggled to gain command of the English language. And, although her school was unable to address her specific needs as an English learner, the experience of having to go it alone inspired her to want to help others overcome similar challenges. It also made her start thinking about higher education as a means to that end.

She attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she had another formative experience. Volunteering as a peer counselor for business-econ majors who were first-generation immigrants, she often heard students describe some discomfort in seeking advice from “professors who didn’t look like them.” And while she wasn’t majoring in business at the time, and had no idea what getting a PhD entailed, she decided to set her sights on becoming the business professor these students longed for.

After graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology, with honors, she went on to earn a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, and then a doctorate at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Four HSF scholarships helped her reach her goals.

Although she recalls being raised to believe that business was a topic discussed only by people who have money, today, as a Professor at Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business Administration, Dr. Gutiérrez teaches and mentors her students to believe in a different reality. She wants them to understand that regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, they not only belong in the field of business, but also have the potential to become leaders.

Her continuing commitment to empowering marginalized students in and out of the classroom, drives her post-doctoral research, which focuses on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

In addition to her academic duties and pursuits, she also meets with young students through panel discussions and keynote addresses aimed at inspiring them to strive to achieve their dreams. And she continues to actively support HSF and has given her time to many other organizations that help underrepresented students fulfill their potential, including Reading to Kids, Padres Contra El Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), and the TELACU Education Foundation, among others.

She has been recognized as an “Outstanding Professor” by Kappa Alpha Theta, one of Latina magazine’s 10 “Next Generation Latinas,” and one of Hispanic Lifestyle’s 20 “Latinas of Influence,” and she was featured in HSF’s 1975 commemorative booklet celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary. She also received the 2014 Positive Impact Award from Hispanicize, an honor bestowed upon Hispanic Americans who do outstanding work in their communities.