The following blog post is syndicated from Living the Promise, PepsiCo's Employee Blog.
PepsiCo recently celebrated 10 years of partnership with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), a career development organization that helps high-potential minorities unlock their potential by building skill sets and providing coaching opportunities. Its mission is to help develop the next generation of minority leaders, for the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors, who will in turn have a transformational impact on our communities.
PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation have partnered with MLT to support its mission and goals. Currently, 15 former MLT program participants work at PepsiCo. Two of those are Pablo Merheb, director of marketing with Fritos brand and dips, and Daniel J. Rodriguez, a zone sales leader with Frito-Lay North America. Pablo and Daniel describe below how MLT and its partnerships with companies like PepsiCo provided valuable career development opportunities.
The MLT MBA Prep (MBAP) Program is an incredible and humbling experience for those interested in applying to business schools. I came across the organization and the program by sheer luck and am thankful that our paths collided. Through the leadership of John Rice, the MLT coaches and staff, I was able to gain so much perspective on the MBA admissions process, build a network of peers across a myriad of industries and really understand the dedication required to become a successful business leader. The program really opened my eyes to the opportunities available, the responsibilities we have as diverse leaders and the importance of following your passions, which helped lead me here to PepsiCo.
— Pablo Merheb, PepsiCo Employee and MLT Alumni
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be selected to participate in both MLT’s Career Preparation program and the MBAP program.
My first personal interaction with PepsiCo was during the MLT’s Career Transition and Leadership Seminar (CTLS) in 2007. I was extremely excited when I was able to attend the PepsiCo Marketing/Sales session at CTLS, primarily because PepsiCo has always been a strong supporter of MLT. PepsiCo developed a detailed business case where we broke into teams and presented our solutions to PepsiCo leadership. Learning how PepsiCo thought about business problems was extremely useful as it simulated what I would later learn at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Equally as important was the networking opportunities I had with HR managers and PepsiCo executives.
During the summer of 2008, I was selected as an intern for the Frito-Lay Sales Leadership program and ended up working full-time for PepsiCo at Frito-Lay in 2009. The fact that PepsiCo puts such a strong emphasis on fostering a diverse and inclusive culture makes it a pleasure to come to work everyday. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of both PepsiCo and MLT and am extremely thankful for all of their assistance in my career development.
— Daniel J. Rodriguez, PepsiCo Employee and MLT Alumni