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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Panther Steps

After years of reflection, I realize that the starting point for many of my successes started at FIU. I believe it all started when I received my commission as a 2LT in the Army through the FIU Army ROTC program. But perhaps I should back track even further. I was a Soldier serving on active […]

Wendy Barba ’02 and Valentina Izarra ’02 Strive to Uplift the Latina Community

Wendy Barba ’02 and Valentina Izarra ’02 are determined to live full and passionate lives. Together, these best friends are working to inspire and empower other Latinas to live their greatest lives, both personally and professionally. Through original, multi-media content packed with personality, Wendy and Valentina have created a platform for women to connect, discuss, learn and grow […]

Bill Hansen Catering selected as a finalist in the 2016 Top Entrepreneurial Awards

We are honored to share that Bill Hansen Catering, owned by alumnus William Hanson MS ’80, has been selected as a finalist in the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2016 Top Entrepreneurial Awards for the Top Small Business of the Year category. Bill Hansen Luxury Catering and Event Production offers a number of flexible catering and […]

Tina Vidal ’02, ’04: The Leader of the Pack

When Tina Vidal ’02, ’04 boarded a plane from Las Vegas to Miami on New Year’s Day in 2015, she knew her dream was about to take flight. Over the course of the five-hour plane ride, Tina incorporated her new business venture, Pooch Perks, a lifestyle pet subscription box of unique plush and durable dog toys, […]

Gaston Rossato ’08: Always in the Driver’s Seat

Growing up in Miami, Gaston Rossato ‘08 was surrounded by family and business. From Argentinian and Italian decent, his close-knit family emigrated from Argentina to Miami in the early 80’s and in no time, the family and business were growing in size. Gaston observed his entrepreneurial father build a successful career in the automotive industry. […]