"When you're inspired, you dream higher"

I am extremely thankful to finally see my dreams come to a reality. After meeting and working with so many adult students in Higher Education, who all shared similar stories about losing their path after High School or never really having a path, I decided that I wanted to make a difference, somehow, in the life of High School students, in their preparedness after completing High School, and in the decisions that they will make. As the Community Developer, I had the opportunity to meet several amazing community leaders who inspired me in various ways to make this dream come true. I found passionate mentors willing to help guide me, successful individuals looking to pay it forward, and great friends invested in wanting to join me in making a difference in the life of young adults. The dream began in 2015 and with the help of many, it became a reality in 2016.

My professional background includes 9+ years of business development, marketing, and management. I was born in Guatemala City, and later moved to New Orleans, Louisiana at the age of 12 where I served as Miss Guatemala of New Orleans in 2002 and was recognized with the City of New Orleans Proclamation in 2003.  In 2005, I relocated to Houston, TX where I continued to work with Nextel Communications franchises and later joined University of Phoenix. In 2015 I was honored with the University of Phoenix President’s Award and in 2016 with the DiversityFIRST Award by the Texas Diversity Council. In 2016, I joined the University of Houston-Victoria in Katy as their Sr. Director of Enrollment Management & External Affairs where I work students looking to complete a Bachelor's degree or pursue a Master's degree. I am also a 2016 graduate of the inaugural class of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Academy.

In 2006 I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Management from the University of New Orleans. I also completed an Master in Business Administration in 2010 and a Master in Management with a concentration in Human Resources Management in 2012 from the University of Phoenix.

I currently serve on the board for the National Association of Women MBAs - Houston Professional Chapter as the Director of Marketing and Communications. I co-chair the Education Committee for the Texas Diversity Council and I also serve as a volunteer ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership. I enjoy volunteering at the Krause Children’s House and the Fort Bend Women’s Shelter. I am passionate about diversity and education and I often look for opportunities to contribute to the growth of professional women in leadership roles by mentoring young women and by being an active member of my community.

Karla Hernandez DeCuir

Founder & President