Silvia Rivera ’18

Silvia Rivera ’18

Student Analyst

  • Senior, SMU Class of 2018
  • Cox School of Business, General Business
  • Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, International Studies and Spanish
  • President’s Scholar
  • Cox BBA Scholar
  • McLane Scholar
  • Research on artisan entrepreneurship and inclusive economic development


“My motivation is closely tied to my personal beliefs and life experiences.  Like a perfectly functioning ecosystem, I believe that everyone and everything in this life is (somehow) connected.  Growing up, a string of small opportunities opened up the world for me. The idea of giving back by creating even the smallest opportunity for someone else to improve their life, and thereby the lives of others through those they touch, is what drives me.” – Silvia Rivera

Silvia graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B.A in General Business and B.A.s in International Studies and Spanish. She was also an SMU President’s Scholar and Cox BBA Scholar. As a child, she immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Chiapas, Mexico and is passionate about breaking down complex issues and empowering underrepresented individuals.

At the Hunt Institute, Sylvia conducted research on artisanal entrepreneurship and empowering female artisans and assisted with the Hunt Institute’s Inclusive Economy Consortium.

While at SMY, Silvia build professional experience and developed her business acumen through case competitions, leadership workshops and summer internships, most recently serving as an Advisory intern for global professional service firm EY in Dallas, TX and Bogotá, Colombia.

Currently, Sylvia is attending Boston College where she is pursuing a Masters in Education in Early Childhood Education.

Contributors to this blog post:

Written by: Kim Strelke

Edited by: Silvia Rivera & Maggie Inhofe

Photo by: Alissa Llort

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