Tamika Duffus has faced many personal challenges, including losing her father when she was in middle school, but she has always focused her energy on her classes and related extracurricular activities. From an early age, she knew she wanted to work in an environment where she could interact with others and have a powerful impact within her profession. So she enrolled at FIU and set her sights on a hospitality management degree, where she became passionate about the food and beverage industry. By her senior year at FIU, Tamika had added a slew of honors and invaluable experiences to her resume, including acting as secretary of the Caribbean Student Association and the University Town Hall Council. She became a teaching assistant for one of her Hospitality Management professors, Margaret La Belle, and successfully completed the distinguished Disney College Program while attending FIU. Following graduation, Tamika will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, where she’ll begin her journey to become an executive in one of the most diverse industries in the world. She was chosen for the highly selective Marriott Voyage Global Leadership Program as a Manager in Training. These are coveted positions with hundreds and sometimes thousands of student applicants from across the country competing for a handful of spots. After completing the program, Tamika is guaranteed a management-level position within the Marriott organization.