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  • posted June 26, 2017

    Discover Your Potential with Weyleen Ma ’98, EMBA ‘07

    Helping people look and feel their best is the highlight of every day for Weyleen Ma ’98, EMBA ‘07. As a certified image trainer, a fashion expert and a business consultant, Weyleen works with both individuals and businesses to improve communication, confidence, appearance and relationships, both personal and professional. She is the founder and president of […]

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  • posted June 8, 2017

    A Brighter Tomorrow, One Bouquet at a Time

    Much like our beloved Magic City, Maria Peralta ‘05 has a warm and sunny disposition. As she opens up about her blossoming business, Flower Fanatic, she radiates enthusiasm, compassion and kindness. For Maria, each day is an opportunity to create a more vibrant and loving Miami. Her imaginative floral arrangements reveal unmistakable talent and creativity, […]

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  • posted May 8, 2017

    Dreams morph into reality for former foster/homeless students

    Little wishes came true the other day—the kind that lead to bigger things down the road. Twenty-seven young women who either aged out of foster care or experienced homelessness as youth received precision help on the journey to reaching their goals. Standing on a stage in the GC ballroom in front of a supportive crowd, some asked for […]

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  • posted May 2, 2017

    Alumnus’ app featured in App Store top 10

    A new app that helps convey emotion while texting, created by alumnus Jordan Shidlofsky JD ’14, was featured in the App Store’s top 10 most downloaded apps for iMessage in April. The free app, called ContextIsKey, allows users to send messages in different fonts that relay emotions like anger, sadness and happiness. It’s currently available […]

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  • posted April 26, 2017

    SPARK with Luly B. is coming to Graham Center!

    On May 4, 2017, FIU alumna Luly Balepogi ‘00 will be creating magic on campus in the Graham Center ballrooms. Spark with Luly B. is an interactive and inspiring one-day workshop, conference and party designed for extraordinary women! The event promotes and encourages self-discovery, confidence, connection and most of all, fun. Twenty years ago, Luly […]

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  • posted January 24, 2017

    TEDxFIU: Defeating poverty with entrepreneurship

    The journey to changing the world began with handing out water bottles to earthquake survivors in Haiti. That’s when, in January of 2010, American volunteer Julie Colombino ’03 initially heard an unexpected refrain, mostly from local women: “Need a job.” The FIU alumna is the founder and CEO of REBUILD globally, a nonprofit organization that fights […]

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  • posted January 3, 2017

    Stay fit this new year with COREYAK

    The creators of Yonanas have just released their latest invention, and it’s perfect for those wanting to get moving on their New Year’s Day resolutions. Invented by FIU alumni Brian Machovina and Eileen McHale, COREYAK is a home fitness machine that mimics kayaking and rowing. It interacts via wireless technology with COREYAK Apps on smartphone […]

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  • posted November 16, 2016

    FIU Alumnus Carlos Becerra Celebrates his Birthday with a Fundraiser for Student Scholarships

    For his 40th birthday, FIU alumnus Carlos Becerra ’98, M.P.A. ’01 did something special for his FIU family. Together with FIU friends at Miami Ironside and Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, Carlos hosted a fundraising event for FIU’s Make a Difference DC Fund. The Make a Difference DC Fund allows first generation students to experience valuable internships […]

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  • posted November 7, 2016

    Good Gift Box: A Better Way to Shop

    If you’re like so many of us, holidays, birthdays and special occasions somehow seem to creep up unexpectedly. You’re suddenly left fighting holiday crowds or racing to the mall in a desperate attempt to discover the perfect (usually last minute) gift for that special someone. Meet three female entrepreneurs and FIU alumnae who are ready […]

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  • posted September 14, 2016

    Alumna Makes Her Mark in Media

    Are you following your heart? Are you fulfilling your purpose? If not, what is holding you back? Johanna Salazar ’10 shares her inspiring journey of self-discovery while learning to look at everything through a lens of empathy and gratitude. Born in Colombia, Johanna and her younger sister were raised by their fiercely independent grandmother, Aceneth. […]

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