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2023-24 President’s Lecture Series Kicks Off Sept. 27

‘The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Conversations With Our Alumni Entrepreneurs’


By Marie Jacinto

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? Three UHD alumni will share their stories at the first event of the 2023-24 President’s Lecture Series on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the TDECU Tour Room in the Welcome Center. 

During “The Entrepreneur’s Journey: Conversations With Our Alumni Entrepreneurs,” UHD alumni entrepreneurs will share how they started their own businesses, transitioned from their professional lives to entrepreneurship, and are having positive impacts in their communities. Lunch will be provided.

Dr. Candace TenBrink, Associate Professor, Strategy, Marilyn Davies College of Business, will moderate the panel, which includes Darian Lewis Sr. (’02), Chief Marketing Officer/COO, and Monica Lewis, CEO and Founder, The Monica Lewis School of Etiquette; Angel Cabrera (’09), Owner, Tacos Doña Lena; and Gabriela Smith (’14), Co-founder and CEO, Big State Construction. 

The conversation will give the audience an inside look into what life as an entrepreneur can entail and how entrepreneurship can prove to be a viable career path. Current students are strongly encouraged to attend to learn more about valuable career insights, lessons, and know-how tips for their own professional growth and development.

Register to save your spot for this informative discussion!

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.