Community Service As a Networking Tool
About the speaker, Silvia Castro, Executive Director of the Suazo Business Center:
Silvia Castro is the Executive Director of the Suazo Business Center.
She has more than 20 years’ experience working with non-profit, government and for-profit organizations. Her past experience include working executives and business owners from Fortune 500 companies, the State of Utah, Salt Lake city, Salt Lake county and forward-looking non-profits such as the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, the Austin Project, in Austin, TX, and the Goldman Sachs 10K Program. Her love for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship began in 1999 when she worked as the Assistant Director at the Women’s Business Center of Utah.
Silvia received an International fellowship through which she completed her MBA with an emphasis in International Business from the University of Utah. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Westminster College, where she graduated with honors. She is certified in Cultural Intelligence through the CII and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. In 2019, she served as Co-Chair of the Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall’s Economic Development Transition Committee, . She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Salt Lake Community College, Executive Committee of Envision Utah, Senior Advisor to the Kem C Gardner Institute, Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Economic Development District, Utah Governor’s COVID Economic Taskforce and the Governor’s COVID Multicultural Taskforce.
When she is not working to better the lives of Utah’s small business owners, Silvia works to better the lives of her daughter, husband, and stepchildren. She and her family love to travel, play outdoors, hike, and spend time at any bodies of water they can find.
The Reed and Christine Halladay Executive Lecture Series is made possible by a generous gift from Reed and Christine Halladay. During the course of the lecture series, you will hear from seasoned executives about the challenges they've faced and how they've created careers around navigating various opportunities. These lessons can benefit anyone who works in business—and that's all of us.