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Luis Preciado

2020 Outstanding Fellow Graduate Empowered to Lead

UC Los Angeles
Anderson School of Management

When we first met Luis, he was an eager Freshman who dreamed of being the voice of underrepresented people in executive board rooms across Corporate America. Four years later, he completed his Bachelor’s as a TELACU Scholar and then gained invaluable employment experience at Deloitte and Kaiser Permanente before deciding that an MBA would empower him to more fully achieve his purpose.

One of his greatest achievements last year was landing a graduate internship with his dream company—Google—where he developed a framework and assessment for an internal ERP platform to process billions of monthly transactions! Earlier this year, he performed market research for Conservation International, an environmentally- focused organization, to discover the demand and growth potential for various natural products across multiple industries. He plans to leverage this experience, his business acumen, and his education to create organizational impact and long term sustainability as a leader at a large tech company.

When Somebody Shows You Who They Are, Believe Them (the First Time)!

A leading and faithful supporter of our TELACU Scholars for 14 years, since 2013 Toyota has honored us by serving as Presenting Sponsor of our annual Building the Dream Gala.

This iconic company’s investment goes to the heart of what our Scholars need most. Toyota’s investment of millions of dollars has empowered thousands of our first-generation Latinx undergraduate and graduate students to Move Forward and Start Their Impossible’. Top executives, like Sebastian Ontiveros (pictured below), consistently make time to personally get to know our Scholars and Alumni, and are genuinely committed to ensuring their continued academic and professional success. For Toyota, jVayamos Juntos! is much more than just a tagline—It’s Who They Are! We accept Toyota’s generous invitation knowing that—together—we can and will get through this global crisis. On behalf of the grateful students, families, and communities whose lives they continue to transform, we would like to say…

jMil gracias, Toyota!

Toyota supports TELACU Scholars Building the Dream

Dear Friends,

We are proud to continue our support of TELACU.

As Presenting Sponsor for the 8th consecutive year, we have always been, and continue to be passionate about building communities, and we know that education is paramount to that success.

It is with great honor that we congratulate each and every TELACU Scholar for their resolution to pursue their academic goals through these trying times.

Over the past 37 years, TELACU Scholars have proven time and again that they are the innovators and leaders of the future, but never has a graduating class been challenged to rise-up with purpose and determination like the class of 2020. This class is living history. Change is not just coming, it is here, and we look forward to rising to this occasion with them.

On behalf of Toyota, I would like to recognize and thank the families, educators, and the TELACU Education Foundation for leading this special cohort through these turbulent waters.

Wishing you health and success.

Toyota logoi VAYAMOS JUNTOS!

— Sebastian Ontiveros
National Director Multicultural Alliance and Strategy Group Senior Manager, Consumer Engagement
Toyota North America

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