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TLF 2020 Graduate Scholarship Recipient Emmanuela Ebunilo
My name is Emmanuela Ebunilo. I am a 2nd-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Marketing Analytics from California State University, Long Beach. I chose to pursue this degree to hone my qualitative marketing skills and develop analytics skills needed to advance my career. 

I discovered TLF through a career center job posting when I was an undergraduate in 2012, and I applied for the scholarship because The LAGRANT Foundation’s mission resonated with me. TLF goes above and beyond to offer opportunities to underrepresented BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) beyond scholarships. As an undergraduate, I received two TLF scholarships and participated in many career-focused events. These opportunities opened many doors for me and my gratitude to TLF continues as a 2020 graduate scholarship recipient. With this scholarship, I can worry less about how to fund my post-graduate education and focus on learning. Given all the challenges of 2020, this scholarship, and the TLF network, are a blessing. 

Once I earn my degree, I hope to work as a marketing or brand analyst and then leverage this experience into a product marketing manager role. Ultimately, I want my career to culminate in a CMO role - leading an influential brand and creating impactful and paradigm-shifting work. I see a CMO role as the marriage of two core passions (social justice and brand development), so reaching this goal is extremely important to me. Bringing diversity into the marketing field is not only important from a business perspective but a human perspective. The world would be a better place if there were more mutual understanding between disparate groups. Increasing diversity in fields that currently lack diversity facilitates more mutual understanding which leads to better business outputs. 

I continue to stay involved with TLF because this organization has supported me beyond the scholarship and continues to do so. Because of organizations like this, future generations of BIPOC might live in a world where diversity organizations don’t have to exist. That is a world I would love to be part of. 

Thank you to Kim Hunter, Camille Frigillana, and Christopher Juarez, and everyone at The LAGRANT Foundation for your support over the years and for this most recent scholarship award. 

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