Arellana Cordero

CFO, Executive Vice President, Southwest Capital Bank
EMBA Class of 2013

Arellana Cordero

"My leadership journey can be summarized in one word: Diversity. I’ve worked in different business settings across many areas. I have been a driving force in several family businesses ranging from car washes, to insurance agencies, to the very well-known Cocina Azul. I have an extreme focus on people and as the CFO and Executive Vice President at Southwest Capital Bank I regularly tell my team my job is to be their advocate. My leadership is to provide the feedback and necessary resources to help them achieve success. Showing up to a program that took care of all the things outside of being in class and homework was incredibly beneficial and ultimately, with all these things in mind, the EMBA at The University of New Mexico was a match. I met life-long friends and colleagues - Not only in my cohort but within the entire EMBA community. The staff and professors have been an ongoing resource to me in my career growth. In both cases, I know I can reach out for personal and professional connection at any time and have called upon several of them for advice. The other remarkable part of this program is the International trip. I attended the trip to China and believe this really solidified the bonds I have within my cohort. The opportunity to travel to China as a way to capstone the tireless work in achieving your MBA is a truly amazing experience. Integrating what we were learning into a new culture allowed us to apply our technical skills to a global lens. I work full time, and while obtaining my MBA, was working upwards of 60 hours a week on top of managing my personal life. To say it was a lot it an understatement, but I value education – one could say, I have a passion for it. I would not have been considered for the role I have now as CFO and EVP at Southwest Capital Bank, had I not had an MBA. This opportunity is pivotal in my own leadership journey and I believe it will be a defining moment as I grow as a community leader."


NOW Accepting Applications for the Class of 2023

Early Bird Date:
January 22, 2021

Best Consideration Date:
April 2, 2021

Program Start:
June 4, 2021


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