Born to Sell
By Julio Llerena
With leaders at event in Chicago, Illinois
With husband, Ismael Rubiano, and children, Alessandro and Paulina, on the roof of the Empire State Building, New York
After migrating from Mexico to the US, Monica Orozco found a series of challenges, but nothing big enough to stop her journey to a better life. She had to clean houses, live paycheck to paycheck, and adapt to a new environment. But she knew she had a powerful talent: she could be extremely persuasive. In this interview, Monica reveals the journey of a woman who could sell sand in the desert.—J.L.
If you had to tell us your story, where would you begin?...
In my childhood, definitely. I loved working with my grandparents at a little retail store they had in Uruapan, Michoacán, Mexico. My grandpa used to pay me with bubble gum, but then I sold all that bubble gum at school. I got in a lot of trouble for that, but I just loved sales and being in contact with people! After finishing high school, I went to study at University of Guadalajara, 160 miles away from Uruapan. Then, I started working at a big telephone company as a saleswoman and later I was promoted to sales manager. I got married and in 2000, my husband and I migrated to the United States, where our daughter was born some months later.
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