EXECUTIVE PROFILE: VICTOR VALDEZ, EMBA ’14
The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 NASDAQ Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence Award.
“Entrepreneurs can’t hide behind labels,” advised Ed Fantegrossi, CEO of Geographic Network Affiliates-Int’l and one of the four business executives who participated in Wednesday night’s Dedication to Community Tour (D2C) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “You have to be you, and don’t worry about what others think. Be better the next day than you were before.”
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No Role Model, No Excuse
A business mentor would have been helpful for Cara Weikel, MBA ’12, during her high school or undergraduate studies.
“My skills and my interests were well-aligned with business,” she said. “I just had no idea. Business just was not on the radar because I had no role models at all in business.”
Instead, she gravitated toward something familiar, working for three years as a middle school chemistry teacher before realizing she might have an