UHV alumna to speak during virtual series about networking

Diane Kliem, a University of Houston-Victoria alumna and the 2020 American Business Woman of the Year, will lead a virtual seminar about the importance of networking during the last installment of the fall series of Bridge to Brilliance – Building Resiliency to Inspire, Develop and Grow Entrepreneurship.

The virtual event will begin at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 through Microsoft Teams. It is free and open to the public. The series was created by the Personal Growth and Mentorship subcommittee of the UHV School of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Board.

Rosie McCusker

“We are excited to have Diane Kliem lead us through a seminar about the crucial skill of networking,” said Rosie McCusker, manager of student recruitment and community outreach for the business school. “This event is a great opportunity, especially for students, to hear tips from successful leaders which will help them to develop their own careers. The ideas generated during the Bridge to Brilliance events help all of us as we adapt our practices to times where it is more difficult to meet face to face.”

The Bridge to Brilliance series was created to connect the UHV and business communities and serve as a personal growth community for entrepreneurs, business students and marketers. Kliem will be interviewed by Mark Martinez, an advisor for the UHV Small Business Development Center, as well as students.

Diane Kliem

Kliem is a Victoria attorney and president of Kliem & Associates. She also is a CPA, mediator, business owner and member of the advisory board. In 1992, Kliem earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting from UHV. She was honored in 2015 as the Business Person of the Year for the Small Business Administration regional awards as a client of the UHV Small Business Development Center. In October 2019, she was named the 2020 American Business Woman, the top spot in the 2020 Top 10 Business Women of the American Business Women’s Association. 

Networking is an important role in any business or working professional’s life, and it can lead to job opportunities and lifelong mentors when done successfully, Kliem said.

“Networking is a big part of my story and my success,” she said. “Hopefully someone will hear my story and become inspired to accomplish their own goals. Once you are comfortable with the concept of networking, it can have a big impact on your professional career, no matter what field you are in.”

Bridge to Brilliance will continue in the spring with the event, “100 Jobs” at 3:30 p.m. on Jan.12. The event will focus on learning about more than 100 career options and getting help finding a career path.

For more information, contact Rosie McCusker at To register for the event, go to

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.

Amber Aldaco