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Alumna Recognized for Making a Difference

March 24, 2010
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Gabrielle RapkeUM School of Business alumna Gabrielle Rapke, BBA ’06, was nominated for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s HYPE (Helping Young Professionals Engage) award.  The award recognizes talented young professionals that have made a difference in both their professional fields and in the community.

Rapke graduated in four years with two degrees, four majors, and two minors.  She is also fluent in six languages, a skill she has leveraged for her current position as business development manager of global transaction services for Citibank in Latin America.

Rapke believes her work at Citi, coupled with her community involvement, helped her earn recognition as a HYPE finalist.

“Being selected as a finalist is a great honor,” she said. “I believe it reflects not only my professional achievements, but also my involvement in the Miami community through my participation in the UM School of Business Mentor Program, serving as president of the Miami Alumnae Association of Kappa Kappa Gamma, and by volunteering with the Junior League of Miami.”

Rapke credits this honor and other successes to the School of Business, which provided her with unique opportunities to help her succeed.

“I believe that the international perspective I gained during my studies in economics, finance, and marketing at the UM School of Business prepared me well for my career at Citi Latin America,” Rapke said. “The diversity in both the School of Business faculty and student body, coupled with international internships and study abroad, provided me with a strong foundation for developing new opportunities to grow.”

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