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Panther Network leaders gather from around the world for our annual summit

On February 4 – 6, our 4th annual Panther Network Leadership Summit brought together 23 network leaders from all around the globe. This two day summit was jam-packed with activities meant to reinvigorate their Panther Spirit, with sessions ranging from the importance of giving back to networking and goal setting.

As proud representatives of FIU all around the world, it is important for our network leaders to see FIU’s growth first hand and learn about the amazing initiatives the school is undertaking.

IMG_3004 2On February 5, the leaders got to intimately experience FIU Athletics and the FIU Football Stadium. The morning started gathered around a breakfast with football coaches and powerful speeches that left the group buzzing and inspired. They were later given an exclusive tour of the stadium, allowed to experience the training room, and given the chance to take a group photo on the field.

The rest of the summit was filled with enlightening speeches from FIU leadership, powerful discussions, a chance to meet current students, and even the opportunity to attend our Panther Alumni Week Closing Reception.

For the first time ever, the Networks/Leaders had a chance to win a Panther Network Award, given out to those who went above and beyond the call of duty.

Here are this year’s winners:

Community Service Project of the Year
Broward Panther Network
for their beach clean-up

Panther Network Volunteer of the Year
Silva Tergas (Greater Washington D.C. Panther Network President)
for her commitment to giving back to FIU and her leadership in planning the 2nd annual DC Gives Back fundraiser this year.

Panther Network of the Year
Metro Houston Panther Network
for their consistent and meaningful programming, as well as commitment from their board to continue to actively contact and communicate with their constituents.

Photos from the event can be found here.

Interested in joining a Panther Network? Visit or email Amanda Wood at to learn more.

Photos by Natalie Montaner

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