Casandra Henriquez ’00, MPH ’06
Love Coach for Successful Women, InspireMany.com
What do you love most about FIU and your involvement here?
I love the genuine heart for the success of students. I love that we seek to create more opportunities for FIU to be Worlds Ahead. And I love being a part of it!
What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in FIU?
I would say that your money will be well spent. We give students a future and help them with the plan to be successful. We invest dollars in proven methods and innovative ways to make our local and world community a better place.
Why do you think giving back is important to the advancement of FIU and its students?
When you give back, you help those behind you skip over your mistakes. History makes FIU wealthy. We have to stay in touch in order to further the advancement of the FIU name and impact.
Where has life taken you since graduating from FIU?
I’m so excited to say that I have the pleasure of celebrating my first anniversary with my husband in Dubai! I have been on a mission trip in Kenya. Speaking all over the world. Making impact in our local community through running volunteering at United Way. I also have founded an organization to increase the self-esteem, confidence, and love in the lives of women. Holding impactful events, such as “Relationship Rewire Live” a Relationship Summit for Women happening Nov. 21 in Hollywood, FL (find out more here).
Why do you feel it is important for alumni & donors to stay engaged/connected with FIU?
It’s important for alumni & donors to stay connected so the Panther Pride can increase. FIU makes strides to make the university even better and when you are in the know, you can better spread the great news.
How did FIU prepare you to get where you are professionally?
I was involved in everything as a student! President of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., a Resident Assistant, involved with the Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, Housing Dance team, and more! Getting involved as a student changed my life, I was given opportunities that opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities. I was able to cultivate my speaking and networking skills. Think outside the box and program plan. I thank FIU for giving me my start.
What advice would you give to students and young alumni?
Make sure you interview at least 3 people in the field you are thinking of getting into. Shadow them, do an internship. Take the time to see if it something you really want to do. Also build your relationships now, as these will be the amazing people that could change your life one day.
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