Maria Teresa Via-Rodriguez graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a bachelors degree in public relations and a minor in travel and tourism industry.
While at UF, she was involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Hispanic Student Association.
I think my education at UF gave me a broad spectrum of the different career avenues I could take with PR, Via-Rodriguez said. It just really exposed me to a much greater vision of what I could do with a communications degree.
Via-Rodriguez is a real estate agent for EWM Realty International in Miami and has also been a sales and marketing specialist for healthcare insurance company Humana.
In the 1990s, Via-Rodriguez was a private banker for Citibank. She said that learning her strengths and weaknesses through banking was very useful for her real estate business. One of her greatest accomplishments as a banker was managing a $70 million portfolio while interacting with different Latin American cultures.
Being able to cross cultural borders and build a strong trust with my clients,she said, was a big achievement.
In 2012, she was the project lead for the marketing department of Celebrity Cruises.
Looking to the future, Via-Rodriguez intends to become a life coach. She said she is learning that there is an innate entrepreneur within herself, so she is looking to evolve as such.
Im a learner. I constantly need to be learning, Via-Rodriguez said. Thats why, for me, I do switch up often and use my past experiences and bring them into different roles.