Guaracao reflects how her Villanova education set the foundation for her future with a diverse array of intellectually stimulating classes, opportunities for service and study abroad, and dedicated professors. This environment gave her the technical tools to succeed and ultimately instilled a desire to positively impact her community.
She has spent her career exploring her intellectual curiosities which has led to industries such as news media, international affairs, security, policy, fashion, and entrepreneurship. Guaracao believes that each stop in her career has further developed her and led to the next opportunity. She encourages students, whatever their passion, to spend time exploring their interests, especially in their undergraduate years, a practice she continues to model.
Some of the proudest moments of her career include seeing her apparel featured on national television. As a self-taught designer, Guaracao truly appreciates the hard work it takes to build new skills, engage in a new craft, and ultimately create a business
She loves staying connected with the Villanova community through mentoring and offering internships. She is involved with the Business of Fashion Society and she has a deep appreciation for the link between the two disciplines. She believes a business education can empower anyone looking to be a part of the fashion industry. While it may seem like fashion is glamour, “mostly, it's just business! Students with a business background are such an asset to the industry.”
Gabriela Guaracao ’09 VSB
“Villanova provided the intellectual environment, safety, and diversity of classes and opportunities that absolutely laid the foundation for who I am today.”