Maria graduated with honors from Grossmont College earning associate degrees in both Communications and Business Administration. Maria is currently attending San Diego State University pursuing a double major in Human Resources Management and Industrial Organizational Psychology. At San Diego State University, Maris is the Communications Officer for her school’s Society for Human Resources Management chapter. She is also a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, an honors association. Maria plans to attend graduate school for her MBA. Her research interests include workplace motivation, teams (including virtual teams), leadership and globalization.