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Steven Saldana

Steven Saldana

Studio Saldana and XLABS

Owner/Co Founder

Personal Information

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School: George Mason University

Major: Information Technology

Years at College Works: 2000 to 2001

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Studio Saldana and XLABS

Title: Owner/Co Founder

Industry: Photography

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

My studio is based in New York City. We photograph locally as well as internationally, featured in Vogue, New York Magazine among others. As Co Founder at XLABS some of my responsibilities include: Corporate Operations, Business Development, Human Resource Management, Negotiation, Financial Planning and Forecasting, Product Development Oversight, and Fundraising.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Quitting the corporate world and controlling my own destiny.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP is the reason why I am who I am today.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

Immensely, primarily with the foundation of learning I acquired while in the program.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Grit and Perseverance.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It's not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Jumping out of a plane with Jed Albiston and Seth Bailey.

Last words of wisdom

If you find something you could be passionate about, give it a shot. You will never know until you take that first step. Regret is your worst enemy. What will separate you from the rest is grit and perseverance. Don't let the criticism hold you down. Instead, try to find a positive out of every situation you encounter. A positive mind will lead to positive outcomes.

Steven Saldana