One of Post University’s own is continuing to gain recognition in our region. Veronica Montalvo, Vice President of Enrollment Management for our Online Education Institute, has won a 40 Under Forty Award from the Hartford Business Journal.
The awards recognize outstanding young professionals in the Greater Hartford area that are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. The winners are honored for their commitment to business success, personal growth, and community involvement.
The Hartford Business Journal held an awards ceremony recently to commemorate the 2012 40 Under Forty winners. It was a great event, and the Post University family turned out in full force to congratulate and support Veronica. We were joined by a group of accomplished professionals from the area, all of whom are a testament to what you can achieve in a short period of time and as a young professional.
Veronica has a special story, and we’re proud to have her on our team. She is a strong mentor, motivator, and survivor. Before joining Post University, she was a recruiter at one of the largest and most successful executive search companies in the country. She then carved a new position at Post University in 2005 — Admissions Counselor in the re-organized Accelerated Degree Program (ADP)
Last year she was promoted to the position she’s in today, and also serves on our executive management team. In between that time, Veronica has continued to play an integral role in growing our ADP, which is designed to meet the higher education needs of working adults.
When she first started, the ADP admissions department had one employee. In the last seven years, she has trained and helped retain more than 250 employees. During the same time period, the number of students has grown from about 100 to more than 11,000. Veronica also helped develop the University’s onboarding program, which helps new employees make a successful transition to the University.
Part of her success in growing our ADP Program, though, comes from her first-hand understanding of adult learners’ needs. She earned her master’s degree in business management while working full time. Veronica is also fluent in Spanish and English, which has enabled her to coach many more young professionals.
Veronica is also a strong person inside, as well as in her career. She survived cancer at a young age, and now advocates for other cancer warriors. She donates and volunteers for organizations including the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Schmancer Movement.
Veronica started the Cards for Smiles program, which now regularly provides hand-made cards filled with good wishes to cancer patients throughout the region. She also is heavily involved in the new Young Professional Networks started by 2011 participants in the Leadership Greater Waterbury program.
If you were to ask Veronica the simple question of “what do you do?” she would tell you that she helps change lives through education. She is a natural leader, coach, and mentor, and we hope her impact and inspiration will continue to be felt by our community for years to come.