Dr. Astrid Tuminez is the first female president of Utah Valley University, and her journey is incredibly inspiring.

Born in the Philippines and raised in extreme poverty, Tuminez made pivotal choices and gained important mentors which led her to the U.S. Her passion for international relations made her an influential voice of peace at the height of the Cold War.

In her conversation with Whitney, Astrid explains how she got comfortable with failure, and how the kindness of teachers completely changed her life. “No person in this world is self-made. Somebody along the way did something for you,” she says.

She shares the three most important decisions in her life, the benefits of getting fired, and a key lesson from martial arts: “Be a limp noodle.”


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