Daniela Quintanilla ’10
“Love to learn.”
“My strongest memory of Kent Place is the love of learning I developed. The Socratic paradox, ‘I know that I know nothing,’ continues to challenge me to learn as much as I can to keep pushing the status quo.
“In college, I joined the business staff of the Columbia Daily Spectator, where my team was responsible for generating revenues to sustain the country’s first independent college newspaper. But selling local ads in the paper wasn’t going to keep us afloat in an online world. Instead, we repaired the alumni outreach group to increase fundraising capabilities, explored how to create an online infrastructure and digitized our archives to create a multi-use platform for historians, researchers, and alumni. We developed an events team to organize ticketed conferences open to students and press, which enabled us to expand our brand, provide networking opportunities, foster meaningful dialogue, and importantly, run high-profit margins. Because of skills I learned at KPS, I was able to work hard, learn quickly and be flexible.
“I studied political science and history, not business or finance; but these two years of hands-on experience was invaluable as I ventured into financial services after graduation. I’ve spent the last three years working at BlackRock, an asset manager and market leader in the development of the intersection between technology and financial services. I again had to learn quickly about the markets and how to innovate an old industry in a new world, a challenge I’ve been lucky enough to work on with a company that is physically and philosophically changing the investment landscape.
“Kent Place taught me to think critically and have the confidence to contribute my ideas. I learned that to dare to dream is important, but to learn how to execute is vital, and knowledge will always be power.”