Degree: Master of Business Administration
College: College of Business
Determination and helping high school and college students excel are at the center of Miami native Tivia Rouland’s personal and professional life.
While working as an aid in the Miami-Dade County Commission, she established partnerships with local businesses to offer guidance and hands-on experience for local students. In 2017, Tivia founded Unknown 365, a non-profit organization that helps schools in Miami-Dade County obtain scholarship money for their students.
Last November, she joined the Miami-Dade Aviation Department’s minority affairs commission, working with small businesses to identify opportunities and contracts at Miami International Airport.
One of the MBA lessons that stuck with her, Tivia explained, is the need to distinguish yourself from other businesses. “I can apply it with aviation, with my non-profit,” she said. “How can we do different things if we have to do the same thing?”
Moving forward, Tivia plans to keep expanding Unknown 365, adding more outreach initiatives. Also on her radar is one day, possibly running for public office in South Florida.
By Cynthia Corzo
Assistant Director, Media Relations and Communications
College of Business
Nominated by Sasha Maldonado