Ana PatiƱo
In her own words

My leadership journey started at Central Piedmont. I remember clearly when a member of SGA shared the opportunity to join Rotaract's leadership team. I applied and later got elected as treasurer. Then, through Rotaract I heard about the Ruth G. Shaw scholarship. What made this opportunity so special was the chance to connect with influential women in Charlotte. As a Ruth G. Shaw scholar I was able to connect with Rocio Gonzales, then Executive Director of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to her I got my first internship freshman year. She also invited me to LACCC's annual luncheons and networking events.

All of this prepared me for the continuation of my leadership journey at Wingate University. Thanks to what I learned at Central Piedmont, I founded the organization ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America) at Wingate. We organized networking events and professional development seminars to prepare students for their transition into their professional fields. Members of our chapter were able to land jobs at Bank of America and Deloitte. It all started with that one connection at SGA at Central Piedmont. One opportunity lead to the next. Most importantly, it had an impact not only in my life but also in my community.

Central Piedmont alumna and former Ruth G. Shaw Scholar Ana Patino