Mia Velasquez

Mia Velasquez

Co-Founder & CEO


Commit

Chicago, IL USA


A lot of great things in the world are brought to life because somebody refused to put it down even when it wasn’t making money and succeeding. For me, as long as I still have that passion and fire for something, that’s the reason I stick with it.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born in Columbia and immigrated to Texas with my family when I was five years old.
Attended Rice University where I received my bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and managerial studies.
Was initially on a pre-med track, but after seeing the commitment and dedication needed to go to medical school and become a doctor, I realized that it wasn’t truly my passion.
After graduating, I took a job as a consultant and business analyst at Accenture.
Discovered that the flexibility of a career in consulting would enable me to continue exploring different industries and fields of interest while satisfying my desire to solve problems.
Later, I took a job as a consultant at Deloitte S&O Consulting where I worked for over 4 years.
In 2016, I left my job and attended Northwestern University where I received my master’s degree in business administration.
A year into my MBA program, I started laying the groundwork for my company, Commit, which helps streamline the payment process for events and organizers—I'm now the Co-Founder and CEO.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Biochemistry
Rice University
undergrad
Bachelor
Project Management
Rice University
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Northwestern University
Career

Career

Co-Founder & CEO

I lead a team building a platform to help event planners collect money and share info better.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I usually start my day catching up on email and following up on any messages in our internal team communications channels. I'll then have meetings either with my team, usually around product development, or with potential clients and organizers. A good part of my day is spent talking to people that have used or may use our platform in order to understand what they need and how we can better help them. My day usually ends by working on presentations or materials for meetings and pitches.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Working in a team is the most important skill needed for what I do. Knowing what others can do better and empowering them to do so is something learned through experience. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively is also incredibly important, and something that I've only really built through practice.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Find someone who is an entrepreneur or business owner and learn as much as you can from them. Their mentorship and guidance will be invaluable and help you take the leap from idea to company, which is a lot easier when you have someone taking it with you.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Commerce, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
certification
Certification/License
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
certification
Certification/License
Computer Programming, Vendor/Product Certification
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"You are not good enough to be doing this."

There is a lot of insecurity that I personally have had on my road, especially in not feeling credible or entrepreneurial enough to make it work. I try to separate myself from the thought - if I met someone doing what I am trying to do, I'd be supportive and impressed. How I speak to myself should be no different.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I've dealt with the struggle of being raised in America by a family that is not American, but trying so hard to fit in. It empowers me to know that my family has sacrificed so much. I focus on this as a source of gratitude and motivation.

Imposter Syndrome
Imposter Syndrome

There is an inherent insecurity in entrepreneurship. I constantly feel like I don't know enough or that there is someone more capable than me. I never saw myself as an entrepreneur, so sometimes I worry that I'm not passionate enough about it.

Mental Health Issues
Mental Health Issues

Life can be stressful and it's really important to me to constantly check in and be aware of my mental state. To manage it, I do what I can by being mindful and in touch with how I am feeling.

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