MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – When she arrived at Florida Memorial University from Caracas, Venezuela, Yulianna Charris spoke no English and knew no one.

Now a junior with a 4.0 grade point average, Charris has been selected to attend financial media powerhouse Bloomberg L.P.’s Diversity Summit 2018. Charris was selected from numerous applicants vying for selection. The summit is scheduled for October 19, in New York City.

Charris learned English in four months at FMU. During the Bloomberg Diversity Summit 2018, she will be exposed to the company’s products and culture. She will also summit interact with employees from various company departments.

“Yuliana is a brilliant and serious student with enormous potential. I am always impressed with her initiative, persistence, and perseverance,” said Cheulho Lee, Ph.D., an associate professor of Finance at FMU’s School of Business. “Along with her strong quantitative skills, she is very good at linking everything together to see the big picture. She always thinks and tries to understand theoretical concepts as they apply in everyday situations. Rather than memorizing class material, she attempts to apply the concepts to real-world situations.”

A frequent dean’s list honoree, Charris, also earned a separate fellowship to attend the Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. SIEML is a career-building all-expenses-paid fellowship that provides intensive week-long training to students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Nestled in FMU’s Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)-accredited School of Business, the Finance program prepares students for careers in finance and other business areas and provide them with the opportunity to pursue graduate studies. Some of its graduates are working at reputable financial institutions like Bank of America/Merrill Edge, Fidelity Investments, Northern Trust Company, Credit Suisse, E-Trade, Federal Depository Insurance Corporation, and Ernst & Young.