Ela Rivera is currently a fourth-year student pursuing a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences.
She has been a long-time member of DECA since high school and believes that DECA provides ample opportunities to develop leadership skills and business knowledge. She started out as a freshman who had joined DECA reluctantly because her friends were recommending it to her. Then, it’s the stories from state officers about how DECA has made a huge impact in their professional journey, that Ela decided to invest her time with this organization.
From her experience alone, she has expanded her network and formed meaningful connections while developing her growth as an individual in the business world. She has also made amazing memories on all the trips she has attended and bonded with people who supported her in her career path throughout high school.
Now as the Chapter President, she wants to give back in Collegiate DECA. She strives for improvement and is focused on expanding UNLV DECA and continuing its relationships with partner organizations and businesses. She also hopes that the UNLV chapter will ultimately have an amazing time being in DECA as much as she has. After all, DECA taught her to get out of her comfort zone and try new things.