As a second-generation Mexican American, Crowe partner Nina Perez charted her own path to success. Now she offers insights and strategies for others.
When Nina Perez was in high school, she wasn’t even planning to go to college, let alone earn her certified public accountant (CPA) license and master's in business administration (MBA) and become a successful partner in an accounting firm. The youngest of five and the child of first-generation Mexican Americans, Nina watched her family work hard to build their life in Houston. But since no one in her family had gone to college, she hadn’t even considered it a possibility.
“It takes a village to grow your career. You can’t do it all by yourself – you need support and guidance from other people.”
“My high school guidance counselor asked if I was applying to college, and I said no. It had never even crossed my mind to apply, so I had no idea what the process was like, what I would study, or how to pay for it,” she says.
That counselor connected Nina with the League of United Latin American Citizens network, an organization that helped Nina work through the application process and secure financial aid. She started her education at the University of Houston-Downtown, but life quickly threw her another curveball.