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Tatiana Madrigal

  • Gender: Female
  • Major: Finance and Accounting
  • University: Texas Christian University
  • Hometown: Fort Worth
  • State: Texas

Ms. Madrigal is an only child born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Her mother, a college graduate, began her career in the pharmaceutical industry as a biochemist and, for a time, worked at Novartis, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. She credits her mother’s involvement, support, and push to excel, with being the driving force behind her achievements as a student. 

She says her last year of high school was the most challenging, in having to juggle the college application process with taking dual credit courses and being involved in extracurricular activities. But she persevered and graduated at age 16, as valedictorian of her class, and with 89 college credit hours.

Today, she is a sophomore at Texas Christian University, where she is double-majoring in Finance and Accounting, with the help of an HSF scholarship and several others. Her extracurricular activities include Leadership Scholars Program, Leaders for Life, Women’s Business Network, and Entrepreneurship Club, among others. 

In October, she was one of 100 scholars invited to attend HSF’s first annual Finance Conference, an event that exposes interested HSF Scholars to career opportunities in finance, including commercial banking, investment banking, asset management, private equity, and other fields. The conference sessions are led by distinguished, Hispanic finance professionals. She also attended HSF’s National Leadership Conference and Career Symposium. 

“HSF is so much more than a monetary award,” she said, adding that “the conferences introduced me to top-tier internships and career opportunities and allowed me to… gain insight from Hispanic executives who are leaders within their respective industries.” 

Her plans after college are to pursue a career in investment banking and eventually attain an MBA. She adds that in 10 years, she envisions herself being a managing director at an investment bank and eventually becoming a Chief Financial Officer. Once settled in her career, she also hopes to contribute to various organizations that have supported her through her academic and professional journeys. 

Her advice to students considering a college track: “Keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. Take the time to build relationships with your professors because they want you to succeed and they have [plenty] of wisdom to share. Get involved, study effectively, and enjoy the moment.”