Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Nancy Andrade

BA '90; lead counsel for the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities at the American Bar Association

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with my beautiful two-and-a-half-year-old son.

What is your greatest fear?
To grow old and feel that I have not found or completed my life’s mission.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Play a musical instrument, ideally the cello.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mom. My son. Both are fighters and brave souls.

What qualities do you most admire in business professionals?
Those who acknowledge their humble roots in a genuine, matter-of-fact way.

Which qualities do you dislike?
Those who are showoffs and those who only use you for their own personal gain.

What is the best advice you can offer to young women and men as they start their careers?
Be open to the curveballs that come out of left field, be open to life and its surprising turn of events. Don’t get fixated on your “plan." You will get there but perhaps not the way you envisioned.

Your top three networking tips?

  1. It is OK if you only meet one or two people you really connected with at a networking event; sometimes quality is better than quantity.
  2. Never ask a person for their business card without first engaging in conversation.
  3. Always say thank you either via e-mail or a handwritten note.

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