Leslie Calendario

Candelario, Leslie

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Leslie Calendario

Leslie is a marketing student at Florida International University. Her journey as an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, arriving in the United States at the age of 8 without knowing the language, has deeply influenced her career aspirations. She faced the challenges of not fitting in, struggling with language barriers, and feeling isolated, which instilled in her a strong sense of empathy and the desire to make a positive impact on others facing similar challenges. It is important to her to create and be part of change as she strives to use marketing to create connections and promote inclusivity.

Her dream for the world is to have justice and equality for everyone, regardless of their race, gender, or sexuality. She believes every person deserves a safe and open space where they can freely express themselves. Her leadership cause is to create a service that can help others who feel lost and unheard to become more confident in themselves.

“Throughout my journey with AYLF, the most fulfilling aspect has been the opportunity to meet and connect with fellow members who share similar goals, dreams, and challenges as I do. The sense of community we have built amongst ourselves is something that I will cherish and carry with me for the rest of my life.”