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Leidy Olivo ’05

 

Leidy Olivo ’05

Leidy Olivo3Leidy Olivo ‘05 (Central Falls High School) graduated in 2009 from Bryant University, where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration, with a major in Finance and minor in Sociology. “I really wanted to study English,” she says, “but after doing some research I opted for the degree with the better job prospect after graduation. The irony of it all is that when I interviewed for an internship that would have probably landed me in my dream job (public affairs and corporate philanthropy), I was told I had every qualification except they really wanted someone who was an English major. It taught me the importance of staying true to yourself and following the path you are passionate about.”

Leidy works as a consultant in the financial services industry, specifically in insurance and banking. “What I like about my past and current job is the variety,” she says. “I like roles where I am not doing the same exact thing every day and can use my analytical skills to solve challenging problems. As an auditor/financial consultant you are reviewing different processes that are important to the company in order to ensure that things are going the way they should. If not, we would recommend what managers should do to fix or improve them. I also love that I’ve had the opportunity to travel quite a bit,” she adds.

For Leidy, the best thing about college was the friendships she made. “I went to school with amazing people and I’m lucky to be able to call them my best friends so many years later,” she says. “I am also thankful for even having the opportunity to get a great education from a well-known business school. I was a first-generation college student, so that was an important goal to accomplish for myself and also for my family.”

She is also thankful for her experience as a Crusader. “In retrospect, I don’t think I would have gone to Bryant if not for The College Crusade,” she says. “Maybe even college at all. At the time, I guess I assumed every high school student would be taken on campus tours, or be given help with SAT prep and financial aid. These are all very important things that start to shape your mind about what you will do after you graduate high school. They are especially important if your parents do not have the ability to do them for you. I knew I was going to Bryant when I was a junior in high school. Thanks to the Crusade I went on several campus tours and even got to spend a week during the summer there. I took it for granted then, but I truly appreciate the experience now. I am forever grateful!”

Leidy uses her free time to work for others. “I think I would describe myself as an agent for social change,” she says. “I’m really passionate about community service and volunteering and the impact that businesses and groups of people, especially millennials, can have on the world. I give my time to a number of organizations with missions for social good, such as The College Crusade, andCents Ability (www.cents-ability.org) and Qualitas of Life Foundation(www.qualitasoflife.org), which teach financial literacy. I also volunteer on the Philanthropy committee for a group called United Women in Business(www.uwibfoundation.org), where young women in different industries can come together to network and support causes that they care about. There are different ways to pursue your passions if you cannot do it through your day job.”

Leidy offers inspiring words to Crusaders who are getting ready to start college. “Lately I’ve been thinking about the importance of being resilient, persistent, and determined,” she says. “Resiliency is the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. Persistence allows you to continue with strong resolution in a course of action in spite of difficulty, and if you are determined, you are firm in your purpose. These characteristics will help you persevere no matter what challenges come before you. And there will be challenges! Although you have built up your network of mentors and support system, that strength must come from within. Know what your end goal is, keep that fire burning, and don’t allow anyone or anything stop you from achieving GREATNESS.”