September 2008, Volume 12, Number 7

Features

Grads Tapped for Leadership Institute

Yanyn San Luis and Odalys Solares
Yanyn San Luis and Odalys Solares

Two outstanding College students were selected for the renowned Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Institute. 

Recent MDC graduates Odalys Solares and Yanyn San Luis were two of 22 students invited to the comprehensive one-week summer program of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, which focuses on personal and career planning, entrepreneurship and leadership skills.

“Attendance at the Learning to Lead program has far-reaching ramifications for the future of the Latino community,” said Maria Marí, professor of business administration and advisor to Phi Beta Lambda, the student business organization. Solares was president and San Luis was the executive vice president of the organization.

“It not only helps attending students transform themselves into leaders but it also shapes the future of the Latino presence in our country.”

Solares, who majored in accounting,  received several first and second place awards at both state and national competitions of Phi Beta Lambda during her college tenure.

She was actively involved in college activities, organizing the MDC-Nordstrom Women’s Conference and the Dress for Success events, among many others.  Solares  is also on the All-USA Academic Team for Florida. She transferred to the University of Florida. 

Last fall, San Luis, a political science major, completed an internship at the office of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, an MDC alumna. She also served as  state parliamentarian and state president of Florida Phi Beta Lambda. An active participant in the College community,  San Luis  organized the Pink Ball to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the MDC-Nordstrom Women’s Conference. San Luis  also received several first and second place awards at both state and national competitions of Phi Beta Lambda.

— Barbara Bickel


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