Making Meaningful Connections

“You need a place where others relate to your challenges and where you can be yourself."

“You need a place where others relate to your challenges and where you can be yourself."

Veronica Flaspoehler’s mission as an engaged alumna has been to help others make meaningful connections. A graduate of the Class of 2008, and now a financial crimes manager for Wells Fargo’s Latin America/Caribbean entities, Veronica gives back to Carolina as a member of the Young Alumni Leadership Council and the Diversity Strategy Campaign Committee. Veronica also serves on the UNC Board of Visitors, for which she leads the Career Services Committee, where she can reach students who require additional guidance when entering the professional world.

“I remember the first time I went to a recruiting dinner, and I didn’t know what to expect or what to talk about. You need a safe environment to learn those kinds of things,” she said.

Veronica is also part of Womxn of Worth, a program at Carolina dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women and girls of color through research and practice. Providing a campus community for women of color and women who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations offers something to students that she felt she needed herself — a room of women whose lives looked like hers.

“To be part of creating space for women of color to be who they are and share their struggles is so meaningful to me. I didn’t have that. You need a place where others relate to your challenges and where you can be yourself.”

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