Mariane Hotta

Born and raised in Brazil, Mariane Hotta decided to return home after 10 years in consulting to become CFO of her family business (and catch up on all of her favorite Brazilian soap operas!).

After graduating with a degree in industrial engineering, Mariane traveled all over South America, Spain and the U.S during her years as a consultant. She loves traveling and learning different languages, although, despite her best efforts, she can only have a meaningful conversation in Portuguese or English.

She received her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2009 and for the last two years she has been working on restructuring projects, mainly focused on the turnaround of her family business in Brazil. To clear her mind, Mariane loves watching Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen movies, practicing yoga and running (whenever her two little boys allow her to do so!). With a love for meeting people from different cultures, she is very excited to learn about your unique background as an MBA admissions consultant.

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Why did you go for an MBA? And how did your experience at school play into that? Did it solve it for you, or spin you in a different direction?

As an industrial engineer that wanted to work in business, getting an MBA was important to complete my academic background. I also wanted the MBA “stamp” on my curriculum and, more than anything, I wanted the experience of studying and living in a different country and meeting people from across the globe. At HBS, I was completely out of my comfort zone since the case study method forces us to constantly expose and challenge ourselves. It was a period of learning a lot about myself, resilience and continuous work on self-esteem. Although I was looking for professional development, to me, the biggest output of the MBA, as cliché as it may sound, was definitely the personal transformation.

What do you like most about admissions consulting?

I love meeting interesting people from across the globe. It is such a pleasure to get to know the story and dreams of young people from such distant places and, better than that, actually having the chance to help those people to get closer to their dreams.

What's your most embarrassing moment from school?

I had many embarrassing moments when trying to make myself understood in class, which sometimes was difficult with my Brazilian accent. It can be challenging for international students to make ourselves heard and respected when English is not our native language.