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Apryl Silva ’05

 

Apryl Silva ‘05

Apryl Silva new Profile Photo 2 v2Apryl Silva ’05 (East Providence High School) graduated from Bryant University in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in Sociology and International Business. “I selected business management as a major because I felt that it would provide endless opportunities,” she says. Apryl is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from Wingate University.

As a Business Procedures Consultant at MetLife’s U.S. Retail Headquarters in Charlotte, NC, Apryl is part of the Retail Business Initiatives team and is responsible for communications, learning and development opportunities, diversity and inclusion, health and fitness programs, and local volunteer opportunities for the Charlotte campus, which has grown to 2,000 associates. She also assists the executive team with strategic planning initiatives. “We partner with all departments within U.S. Retail, and on the Charlotte campus, to help new associates get acclimated to MetLife, promote a positive corporate culture, ensure safety and security of our associates, and represent Charlotte on corporate projects and initiatives,” she says.

As a student at Bryant University, Apryl appreciated all the leadership opportunities that were offered to her. She served as Vice President of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business students, and as Vice President of Bryant’s Multicultural Student Union. She also had a rewarding experience as an INROADS intern. Through INROADS she obtained an internship with MetLife as a sophomore, joining the company full time at graduation. “Throughout my internship, INROADS provided me with invaluable training, experience, and exposure needed to be successful not only during my internship, but also in my career here at MetLife,” she says.

As a Crusader, Apryl took advantage of college visits, after-school tutoring, SAT prep, and career workshops and was a member of the Crusade Advisory Board. In her senior year of high school, she was selected to participate in the NCCEP Youth Leadership Conference in San Francisco, which brings together 30 students from around the world to identify educational barriers facing students from low-income communities. “We presented our findings to conference attendees and developed a written report that was shared with educators and policymakers,” she says. “As an advocate for my school and my community, I felt empowered to be the voice of my peers. This was the chance of a lifetime and the most gratifying moment I had experienced at that point in my life.”

Apryl credits her College Crusade Advisor, Reuben Tillman III, for supporting her accomplishments. “Reuben was much more than an advisor to me,” she says. “He was like a big brother and a great friend. High school was a challenging time in my life. Unlike other advisors, I could always count on Reuben to provide straightforward, honest feedback and tell me when I was wrong. He showed me how to make the best of every situation and inspired me not only to stay on track but to always push myself to the next level. It might sound like a cliché, but Reuben motivated me to dream big and be the best I could be.”

Apryl has found many ways to give back to the Crusade. Prior to moving to Charlotte, she was a mentor in our CAAP program, served on the Crusade Alumni Committee, and was the recipient of the Crusade’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. In Charlotte, Apryl has worked with many nonprofit organizations including The Relatives, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte, Relay for Life of Ballantyne, Hope Haven, and others. Apryl enjoys crafts, traveling, and camping and is an avid thrill seeker. “I love roller coasters, water sports, and anything that has to do with heights,” she says. “Last summer I had a blast on the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster – Fury 325 at Carowinds amusement park!”