Please introduce yourself.
My name is Maybelyn Cumba Rock. I am a Filipina-American made in the Philippines, born in Brooklyn, New York, and I currently reside in Naperville, Illinois. My Mother is from Bohol and my Father is from Cebu. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago where I attained my undergraduate degree in Business Administration in Finance and my Masters of Business Administration in Sales/Marketing. I was also able to spend a semester in Rome, Italy under the Loyola program. I’m a Sales Account Manager at Quest Software.
How did you get into your chosen profession?
I knew I wanted to get into technology sales after I took a class at Loyola’s MBA program which was taught by an IBM sales guy. It just seemed like an ideal job that fit my personality. I love meeting new people, establishing relationships with them, and helping those folks do their job at its optimal level. Platinum Technology, Inc was where I started. At the time, it was the most up and coming company to work for. It has since been acquired by Computer Associates.
How do you balance work and family life?
For the second year in a row, Quest Software, my current employer, has been named a “Top Workplace in Orange County”. My company is based out of Aliso Viejo, California. I work in a satellite office here in Illinois. I am lucky to be working for a company that is very dedicated to its employees. I am able to balance work and family life with a flexible work at home schedule. I’ve been at Quest for over 10 years and still have the passion to do what I do…and that’s to sell.
How has Philippine values and traditions influenced your life?
My parents were the best role models when it came to work ethic and family values. I don’t know any 2 people who have worked hard to get where they are at today. Seeing this as a child and into my adulthood gave me a stable base that kept me motivated in life. I strive to be the best mother of my 4 young children (Avery – 5 years old, Trenton – 4 years old, Addison 2 years old and Ashlyn – 4 months old), the best employee at my full-time job at Quest Software and the best wife to the most amazing husband Robert Rock…who, by the way, I met at Platinum Technology, Inc. I have way too much ambition in me to sit around and let the world take over. I strive to make this one shot in life the best it can be.
Do you have any words of wisdom to offer to Filipinos entering the business world?
Find a passion and go for it! You spend most of your waking hours at work….so it better be something you love. Keep short and long term goals close to your heart so you have purpose in your work. Openly display it so you and others around you are reminded of these goals. Don’t become complacent as that will lead to boredom.
Are you a part of any clubs or organizations focused on the Filipino or Asian community?
Unfortunately, I am not. My profession, IT sales, doesn’t seem to be as diverse a group as I would like it to be. The IT industry as a whole, seems to be a different story. I’ve seen a growing population of Filipinos on the technical side. It’s great to speak (and sell ) to my fellow Filipinos.
What do you feel needs to change with Filipinos and how the world views Pinoys?
I’m not sure I want to change how Filipinos are viewed. From my experience, it’s been communicated to me numerous times of how great our people are. Good hearted, sweet, hard-working, religious, etc. are some of the words used to describe us.
As a successful Pinay what advice can you offer to young Filipinas who face stereotypes and adversity in the US?
The only way to combat that is to prove them wrong. As a female minority in an industry that is mostly Caucasian males, I find my competitive self to always strive to be the best. That means, coming into work each day with the mentality of being the hardest worker among my peers.
Do you look up to any famous Filipinos as role models?
As mentioned, my parents have deeply influenced my life and thus have always been my role models. My father, in particular, had to overcome a lot of adversities coming to this country and thrown into a position that most would find stressful. He overcame that by his deep work ethic and positive attitude. I am proud to hear from many of his patients of what great work he has done.
What is your favorite Filipino dish?
Give me a plate of lumpia, pancit and white rice and I’m in heaven. Oh, the simple things in life make me happy.
Is there any additional information you would like to share with us?
I am proud to be a Filipina-American. It has been an added bonus in almost everything I do. I hope to instill this pride in my children as well. They will be the ones to carry on the torch long after I’m gone.