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About Us

The International Business Honor Society (IBHS) develops leading professionals that add value and esteem to Florida International University through an enduring commitment to academic excellence, integrity, fellowship, and earnestness. We pride ourselves for our individualized educational and social learning experience to provided global awareness and business skills necessary to compete in a dynamic international economy. 

Our Philosophy

IBHS encourages and rewards scholarship and proficiency among students. We pursue fellowship, mentoring, and advocate international education and professional opportunities to develop leaders of tomorrow.  It is our goal for our members to realize their full potential and find their mission and purpose regardless of their major. The members of IBHS pledge to prolong a family with principles and create a welcoming and enthusiastic atmosphere. 

 

 

Involvement 

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Our Service Trip to India 

In March 2017, over the course of spring break, we took 9 students to the small village of Bandhwari in India. While there, the team worked together with a group of local women to start up a crafts business. The idea was to leverage the time and talents of the unemployed women to create hand-crafted luxury items, and in the process bring much-needed streams of revenue and non-agricultural jobs into the village.

While we were there, we also volunteered our time at the local school.This experience was an eye-opener, and it made us appreciate the value of our own public school system. But direct donations can only go so far. As of writing, the school is still understaffed, and lacking the resources to provide children with a quality education. Through sustainable philanthropic initiatives, such as our Bandhwari Women's Coop Project, we hope to provide the community with the revenues necessary to raise the quality of life for all.

 

We returned in March of 2017 with new product ideas and more support for these women. We were able to see their hard work and progress from the year prior, as well as further guide them into the creation of their products. Working together we were able to bring back several products created by these women, products that we continue to sell today. 

 

This year we were again able to visit the same school and see their progress as well as continue to teach the children. 

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Meet our Eboard MEmbers

 
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Dr. David Wernick 

 

Dr. Wernick is Senior Lecturer in Management and International Business at Florida International University’s College of Business. Dr. Wernick is the author of numerous academic and policy-oriented studies on global business and politics. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Wernick worked as senior analyst with a Miami-based international security consultancy, and was director of communications for the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in New York. Dr. Wernick has also served as managing editor of the Latin America Advisor, a daily intelligence brief for senior executives of Fortune 500 companies with investments in the Americas. Dr. Wernick received his B.A. in Political Science from Tulane University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from FIU.

 
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Claudia Garcia, Finance and Fundraising Director 

Claudia was born in Güines, Cuba and came to the United States when she was ten years old. Throughout high school, she grew an interest for business and enrolled at Florida International University in Fall 2016 to pursue a degree in Business Administration. Claudia has been an active member of the International Business Honor Society for a year. She works for a small transporting company in Miami and currently interns at Omnifortuna, an international marketing company. Claudia has grown a love for travel and exploring new cultures. Her hobbies consist of dancing, photography, and watching Game of Thrones.

 

Jada Theodate-Hill, Marketing Chair 

Jada was born and raised in Tampa, FL. Started at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, FL for one year. Later transferred to FIU in Fall 2016 to pursue a business administration degree. As a current junior, she is majoring in international business. She serves as CSO Representative for the Phi Chapter of Tau Sigma National Honor Society, active member of National Council of Negro Women and current social chair of the International Business Honor Society. Jada has been a member of IBHS since Spring 2017. Additionally, she works as a student assistant for the Division of Information Technology at FIU. In her free time, she volunteers at the Disability Resource Center on campus. Some of her hobbies include traveling, trying new cuisines and spending time with her loved ones.

 
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Daniela Rodriguez, President 

Daniela was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Later moved to Miami, FL in 2014 to pursue a medical degree. As a current senior majoring in biomedical engineering fulfilling a pre-medical path, she is an active member of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity and current president of the International Business Honor Society. Daniela has been a member of IBHS for two years and had the privilege of traveling to India as Secretary on Spring 2017. Additionally, she has an internship at South Beach Vision as a technical optician trainee, shadow and scribe for Dr. Rigoberto Franco (internal medicine), and performs optical research on campus with Dr. Shuliang Jiao. Some of her hobbies include tennis, snorkeling, and boxing.

 
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Tatiana Wong, Secretary

Tatiana was born in Costa Rica and moved to Miami in 2007. She is currently a Junior at Florida International University, pursuing a Bachelor Degree of Accounting. She is passionate about helping others and making an impact in other people’s lives. She is the Secretary and has been part of the International Business Honor Society for a year now. In the future, she hopes to work for a prestige accounting firm and to give back to the animal community by adopting puppies in need of a home. In her free time, she loves to go to the beach and to explore the outdoors. Her favorite quote is “We rise by lifting others” by Robert Ingersoll.

 
 
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Izabela Bos, Vice President 

Izabela is a junior, double majoring in International Business and Marketing. She is a proud sister of Alpha Xi Delta, past logistics committee member of Relay for Life, and has been an active member of the International Business Honor Society for about a year. Izabela grew up in Deerfield Beach, Florida but later moved to Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Her dream has always been to attend Florida International University and graduate into a job that dealt with the aspects of marketing around the world. She wants to become an International Marketing Manager and travel around the world for her future employer to market products in different countries. Izabela loves to go do artistic projects, play soccer, and go on outdoor adventures with friends. Additionally, she is in the process of getting into an internship for a marketing company in Chicago for the Summer of 2018.

 

 

 

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Xander Paredes, Information Technology Director 

Xander is a Senior at FIU, he is pursuing a degree in Management Information Systems. He was born in Guatemala and has grown up all around South Florida and New York. Xander has been in IBHS for a year and a half and has grown passionate about International Business as he continues his career in Information Technology. Xander is currently working full time as a Systems Administrator at an Information Technology Consulting firm in the Gables. Xander's hobbies include playing soccer, working on his cars, and learning about the latest Tech Innovations.

Events

General Meetings for all FIU IBHS members are held every Wednesday 7:30 P.M. at CBC 155. Attire for the chapter general meetings shall be business casual, unless announced otherwise. 

Every month during our general meeting we offer workshops, recruiting employers, guest speakers, committee meetings and much more! 

Bandhwari: Women's Project

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Our Story

These items have been handcrafted by the women of Bandhwari, a village on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. IBHS members adopted Bandhwari as part of an alternative spring break project in 2016, supplying the artisans with product ideas, fabrics, designs, and business guidance. The partnership continues to flourish with the support of Inspiration India, a local non-profit. Your purchase supports the effort to bring jobs, income, and empowerment to Bandhwari’s women, and furthers our mission, to change lives, one stitch at a time.

It takes a village. 

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Meet our Goodwill Ambassador

Aletxa Marie Mueses Santana was born on November 17, 1995 in the city of Santiago, Dominican Republic. Her primary studies at Santiago Christian School and secondary at Colegio Dominicano shaped her into the women she is today.  From an early age, Aletxa has found her passion for education and the impact it has on our community.  Her skills, agility, and love for physical and outdoor activities has led her to become an athlete passionate for many sports. However, tennis has always been her most competed sport. Among her hobbies are singing and dancing, which have been featured in several works of national theaters. After winning in 2014 the Miss Santiago pageant, ending as first runner up in Miss Dominican Republic, she discovered great love for modeling and photography leading her to participate in Miss World 2017. Aletxa is currently studying corporate social communication at PUCMM Santiago, D.R. and has joined IBHS's Bandhwari Women's Co-op Project as our Goodwill Ambassador. 

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NEWS

Here are some sites that credited the International Business Honor Society for our hard work!

 
 
 
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A bracelet helps launch International Business Honor Society project.

Juan Toro, a Master of International Business student, found himself 8,397 miles from home, playing soccer with children in India, when he realized how much helping others fulfilled him. “Seeing how a soccer ball can lighten a child’s day is something unimaginable,” he said. Yet Toro’s India experience went far beyond that game of soccer. Toro was part of the International Business Honor Society (IBHS), an organization for students with a zeal for international business...

 


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A return to Bandhwari boosts FIU honor society’s social entrepreneurship project.

It all began with a pouf, a fabric-covered hassock created last year by a group of village women of Bandhwari, India, in collaboration with nine Florida International University College of Business students as part of their annual social entrepreneurship project. When the 2016 trip was over, the students, all members of the International Business Honors Society, vowed to return and help the women turn their...

 


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Business club highlights its integrity through involvement

They say it takes the act of giving back to truly experience gratitude, and the efforts of the International Business Honor Society at FIU makes it an organization that stands out while doing just that as well as achieving so much more. Aside from helping students to develop leadership skills while equipping them with the necessary knowledge to prosper in the international business realm, IBHS has manifested its integrity into its...