Women's History Month Showcase - Danica Quadros

Today, we are highlighting Danica Quadros, a Master of Science in Information Systems student, during Women's History Month.

Friday, Mar 15, 2024 • Jeremiah Valentine : jeremiah.valentine@uta.edu

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Business proudly celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting students and their unique experiences on campus. Today, we highlight Danica Quadros, a Master of Science in Information Systems student.

Danica Quadros Headshot
Danica Quadros

If you could interview one successful businesswoman, who would it be and why? What questions would you ask them?
If I could interview one successful businesswoman, I would choose Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo. She's not only a successful business leader but also a trailblazer for women in corporate America. Here are some questions I would ask her:

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in business, and how did you navigate the challenges as a woman in a male-dominated industry?

2. What strategies did you implement to drive innovation and growth during your tenure at PepsiCo?

3. How do you approach leadership and decision-making, particularly in a complex and global organization like PepsiCo?

4. What advice do you have for aspiring female leaders who aspire to reach the C-suite?

Who is the most inspiring woman you know, and why?
A woman who profoundly inspires me is my mother. She exemplifies resilience, selflessness, and compassion in everything she does. Despite facing numerous challenges, she steadfastly holds our family together with unwavering love and dedication. One of her most impactful lessons to me has been the importance of helping others, even when they may not show gratitude, as it reflects one's character. She believes that kindness and generosity always come back around, teaching me the value of empathy and altruism. Despite our occasional disagreements due to differing opinions, her willingness to challenge me to be a better person every day is something I deeply appreciate. Her ability to endure hardships with a smile on her face inspires me to approach life's challenges with grace and optimism.

Danica and her mother
Danica and her mother

What moment in Women’s History has influenced you the most?
The moment in women's history that has influenced me the most is the Women's March of 2017. This historic event, which saw millions of women and allies around the world taking to the streets to advocate for women's rights, equality, and social justice, was a powerful reminder of the strength and solidarity of women everywhere. It showed me the importance of collective action and the impact that individuals can have when they come together to demand change. The Women's March not only sparked crucial conversations about gender equality but also inspired ongoing activism and advocacy efforts that continue to shape our society today. As a woman, witnessing the unity and determination of those who participated in the Women's March has left an indelible mark on me.

Imagine 5 years down the line, as a successful business professional in your field, and you have been asked to advise the next generation of UTA women. What would you say?
Five years down the line, as a successful business professional, I would offer the following advice to the next generation of UTA women. Firstly, embrace your unique perspective. As women, we bring valuable perspectives and insights to the table. Don't shy away from asserting yourself and sharing your ideas. Your unique viewpoint can drive innovation and contribute to the success of your organization. Secondly, cultivate your skills continuously. It's essential to stay updated with the latest trends and technologies in your field as this helps you to stay on top of your game and sets you apart from the rest. Continuously invest in your skills through professional development opportunities, certifications, and networking events. Moreover, build strong relationships. Cultivate meaningful connections with colleagues, mentors, and industry professionals. Networking is not just about making contacts; it's about building relationships based on trust, mutual respect, and support. These connections can open doors to new opportunities and provide invaluable guidance throughout your career. By embodying these principles, you not only achieve success in your career but also contribute to the advancement and empowerment of women in the business world.

What is a theme song to Women's History Month?
The song "Girls" by Rachel Platten embodies the essence of Women's History Month with its empowering message and encouragement for women to embrace their worth, strength, and resilience. The lyrics inspire women to trust their voices, make mistakes, and never lose their joy or hunger for life. It celebrates the freedom and limitless potential of girls, urging them to run toward their dreams, face challenges head-on, and believe in their ability to overcome obstacles. The song acknowledges the struggles and uncertainties that women may encounter but instills hope and confidence in their ability to navigate through them with courage and determination.