The Florida International University Alumni Association will be presenting Natalie Boden-Kawas ’99 with a Distinguished Alumni award during FIU’s fourteenth annual Torch Awards Charity Gala on Saturday, March 28, 2015. This award recognizes alumni who have brought honor and distinction to the university through their notable record of service and achievement in a particular discipline, organization or cause.
Natalie Boden-Kawas is founder and managing director of Boden PR, a Miami-based, boutique, Hispanic public relations and social media agency. Named one of PRWeek’s 2014 “Top 40 under 40” Heavy Hitters in PR, she has succeeded in building BodenPR into one of the country’s fastest growing U.S Hispanic PR and social media agencies. Most recently, BodenPR was nominated for PR Week’s “Best Multicultural Campaign of the Year” for #ViveTuJuego, a real-time social media and multicultural PR campaign developed for McDonald’s during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Boden-Kawas is a strong advocate for the empowerment of women and girls, and is a part of Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence. She also sits on the Latina Advisory Board of Girls Inc., the premier advocate for girls in the U.S. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida International University, studied modern European studies at the University of London and received a degree in French language from La Sorbonne, Paris. Boden-Kawas has an extremely high affinity for FIU and has initiated conversations with university leadership about giving back through support of scholarships, pro-bono PR work and internship opportunities for FIU students.
This year, the FIU Alumni Association will be hosting the prestigious gala at the luxurious Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, located on 4441 Collins Avenue in Miami, Fla.
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
About the FIU Alumni Association:
The Florida International University Alumni Associationis a membership-based organization with over 20,000 dues paying members governed by a volunteer board of directors and currently serves a total alumni base of over 200,000, represented in every state and in more than 30 countries around the world. The mission is to serve the community of FIU alumni, students, family and friends by providing lifelong connections to FIU. The organization strives to provide opportunities to support FIU’s key strategic initiatives, which includes the revitalization and expansion of financial resources, achieving academic excellence, enhancing research and creative initiatives, and engaging the community of FIU. For more information about the FIU Alumni Association, visit FIUalumni.com.