Joaquin Bracho (Venezuela), Emelie Johansson (Sweden), Adriana C. Menke (International Student Advisor), Melissa Wedderburn (Jamaica), Bing Liu (China), Didem Kilic (Turkey), Tony Mamodaly (Germany), and Cristina C. López (Associate Director of Career Services).

St. Thomas University Headlines the 2014 Florida International Leadership Conference (FILC)

A group of five talented and motivated international students representing St. Thomas University led the general session of the 8th annual Florida International Leadership Conference (FILC). The session entitled The Key to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Significant, Useful, Cross-Cultural Experiences. Secure Success) was designed and developed by Adriana Menke (International Student Advisor) and Cristina C. López (Associate Director of Career Services). The goal of the keynote session was to underscore a key factor - the competences and skills they have developed during their study abroad experience enhance the probability of their success as candidates in a competitive employment selection process.

The student presenters all share leadership, academic, and professional qualifications, reasons for which they were selected to represent STU at this prestigious conference.  This year, the conference attracted 200 students from 61 different countries, making it the largest FILC Conference to date. Students come from a variety of Community Colleges and Universities in the State of Florida. In addition to the general session, STU offered a workshop on How to Make the Most of Relationships: Making Connections, led by Cristina C. López. Furthermore, STU student Didem Kilic, FILC 2013 alumna, was selected as a Peer Leader to assist the organizers at this year’s Conference. All these cooperative and collaborative efforts increased St. Thomas University’s exposure at the 2014 FILC Conference.