Alumni Spotlight: Derek Vasquez

FORBES – Under 30 Summit is a four-day, immersive summit featuring A- list speakers, speed pitching, community service and more! Hear THF Alumni talk about their experiences at this year’s event.

Can you tell us about your Forbes Under 30 experience?

My Forbes Under 30 experience was very memorable, I feel like I learned a lot from different leaders in different industries which gave me perspective in terms of my career.

What was your most memorable/rewarding moment at the summit?

My most memorable/rewarding moment was running into the CEO of Forbes and getting the chance to talk to him personally.

Tell us about a few of the events you attended.

One of the events I attended was Q&A with Kevin Durant which I found very insightful in terms of learning about other passions and dedications that famous people have outside of their main job description. It also taught me about investing in things you’re passionate about aside from your main responsibilities. Another event I attended was the startup hub where many up and coming CEOs were showcasing their companies and many were very technology-oriented.

What was your biggest takeaway from the summit?
My biggest takeaway from the summit was that innovation is a very important contribution to society. Many of the companies and business owners spoke about innovation being an important thing to consider because it’s what drives companies to move into the future and impacts performance

What advice would you give to THF interns/alumni interested in attending the 2020 Forbes Under 30 Summit?
The advice I would give to a THF Intern/Alumni interested in attending next year is to try and connecting with as many people as possible because you never know who you’ll be sitting next to and what you can learn from them.

How has the Forbes Under 30 Summit helped you set goals for your future and how do you plan to achieve them?
The summit definitely put things in perspective in terms of what I want to accomplish in my life and has helped me set goals for this upcoming year. I plan to achieve these goals by creating a plan for 2020 of having small-terms goals I need to achieve that would eventually lead me to that long term goal I want to accomplish.