Gabby Cruz

Senior at the University of South Florida

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Gabby is a Senior at the University of South Florida majoring in Health Sciences with a concentration in Biological Sciences. In her time as a student, she has had the opportunity to serve in many capacities such as working for the Office of Orientation, representing and advocating for USF as a USF Ambassador, and volunteering in two medical mobile clinics in Ecuador and Peru. However, her greatest achievement of all is to be a first-generationcollege student thanks to the help of Take Stock in Children and Leaders for Life. Her dream of a becoming a doctor will be put on a quick pause as she applies to join the Peace Corps before going to medical school. Some of her passions are social justice, women empowerment, health equity, and pugs.


Breakout Session

Why Mentoring Matters

Oprah Winfrey once said, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” Today, more than ever, this rings true for women at all stages of their career. As moderator of this panel-style breakout session, Jessica will engage an inspiring group of women leaders who will share their unique experiences to illustrate why mentoring matters, advise how to seek the best mentor for yourself, and help you learn how to serve as a mentor to others.