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Tiffany Barillas

Columbia Business School




KPMG Point Scholar

Tiffany Barillas was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in a low-income household raised by two extremely hard working Guatemalan immigrants. Her parents instilled in her hard-work and dedication, and although they both lacked a high school education and spoke little English they were her motivation to pursue something greater in life: a college degree. She is now the first in her family to graduate high school and college. In 2011, Tiffany received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, completing a major in business administration and a minor in music. At Berkeley, she was a part of the Cal Marching Band, the Cal Women's Rugby team, the Music Connection, and was President of the Latino Business Student Association. Although Tiffany was aware of her sexuality and gender non conformity since childhood, she was not out until her last year in college after attending the Out for Undergrad Business Conference in 2010. The conference changed her life by shifting her perspective on how embracing one's identity can be a competitive advantage in the corporate sphere. She remained involved in Out for Undergrad as a young professional and has served as the conference's Programming Director and Executive Conference Director. In 2015, after working for over four years in finance, Tiffany embarked on a journey to attain her M.B.A. She hopes to transition into a career where she will be able to pursue initiatives with greater social impact for the Latino and LGBTQ communities.

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