Leadership Advisory Council, Cristo Rey Boston
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business Othmar W. Winkler Award
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business Service Leadership Award
By: Tim Estiloz
Viviana Jaramillo has acquired a resume of experience at her young age that rivals or exceeds that of many professionals years her senior. Raised by immigrant parents from Colombia while growing up in Revere and East Boston, Jaramillo displayed an amazing work ethic at an early age. At 14 - while attending Cristo Rey Boston High School, whose unique curriculum and scheduling permitted Jaramillo to intern for the public relations firm, O’Neill and Associates - her professional skills began to blossom.
“The high school had us go to class four days a week and work in a professional setting one day of that week,” said Jaramillo. “It was at O’Neill and Associates where I was introduced to Tom O’Neill, the son of the former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill and I was also introduced to a whole area of public affairs, government and public relations. I connected with those at the firm and they became my second family.”
Jaramillo worked at the firm throughout her four years of high school, later attending Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where as a sophomore, she created BUILD, a pre-orientation program to help incoming freshmen that lack a business background adjust to the difficulties of college. She became a leader on campus serving as a business school peer advisor, mentor and an ESL teacher at a local DC community center among many other activities to help others.
Jaramillo graduated from Georgetown with a degree in International Business and Marketing. After a year working for the advertising agency, Hill Holiday in Boston; Jaramillo returned to work for her early mentors at O’Neill and Associates as an account coordinator.
“I think that some of my ambitions are tied back to continuing to service Cristo Rey,” said Jaramillo, “and really finding what my role is in my professional career so that I can best service my community.”
Jaramillo humbly tries to pay forward the opportunities she been given; in one respect, by working on the Leadership Advisory Council for Cristo Rey Boston by raising funds for the school and developing new opportunities for it’s students.
“Education is the driving course behind all I’ve tried to accomplish,” said Jaramillo. “Education is something that continues to motivate me and it’s also why I continue to be involved with Cristo Rey Boston, by trying to continue to push education and the great difference it can make in a person’s life”.