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Work experience

Apr 2012Present

CEO & Founder

  • Created product-line called FlashPals, featured in Entrepreneur Magazine in 2012.
  • Launched successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the business, personally raising over $2,600 through phone calls, email newsletters, and press releases, ultimately surpassing the project's funding goal.
  • Developed and maintain ecommerce website and social media marketing, tracking online sales metrics with Google Analytics, and achieving sales in five continents, primarily in our two target markets of USA and Brazil.
  • Flexible hours and automated operations allow me to set my own schedule.


May 2011

International Studies

University of Iowa
  • Enrolled in challenging and diverse selection of courses while maintaining exceptional GPA.
  • Submitted additional assignments, research projects, and presentations for honors-designated courses, including extended field work in Brazil.
  • Attended advanced Portuguese language course.
Jul 2009Dec 2009

FAE Business School
  • Studied abroad at this highly renowned business school, where I was immersed into a professional learning atmosphere of Brazilian students pursuing MBA and Executive-Level education.
Feb 2009Jul 2009

Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR)
  • Studied abroad at this technically-advanced state university, successfully completing classes in Communication and Latin American Studies that would ultimately count towards my degree in International Studies in the U.S.A.
Jul 2008Dec 2008

Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR)

  • Studied abroad at this prestigious university in Brazil, where all classes, assignments, and tests were successfully completed in Portuguese.


  • Entrepreneurial - launched business called FlashPals while still in school, featured in Entrepreneur Magazine in 2012.
  • Fluent Portuguese-speaker, with over two years of experience living, studying, and working in Brazil.
  • Extensive teaching experience in Brazil, including private and group lessons.
  • Writing and translation experience, including academic translations from Brazilian Portuguese to English.

Volunteer and Internships

Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) 2010-2011.

International Guide & Interpreter.

  • Made arrangements and scheduled meetings for international diplomats and professionals who were visiting Iowa City, as part of the U.S. State Department's National Council for International Visitors Program.
  • Interpreted Portuguese as needed with Brazilian visitors.

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) 2010-2011.

Communications Intern.

  • Assisted with social media and web content writing.
  • Voluntarily helped set up weekly luncheons for international speakers.


Laura Graham - (319) 335-0517

Served as academic mentor for my Honors Thesis and research project conducted in Brazil.

Karmen Berger - (319) 384-1328

Provided advice and insight to broaden my worldview throughout university.

Danielle Dahl - (319) 335-2823

Led the organizations of CIVIC and ICFRC, where I served as an intern.

Adrienne Talamini dos Santos - (41) 3039-4444

Director of CCAA English School in Curitiba, Brazil.