Whatever you do, don’t talk to Cania Infante about fate. According to her, she has been carving out her own destiny since moving to the United States from the Dominican Republic with her family when she was 10 years old.

“Something that has resonated with me for a long time is the notion that there is a direct correlation between mindset and capability,” she said. “So, my advice to anyone is to not limit yourself. Others may try to limit you, but you cannot limit yourself. “

While still in high school at age 17, the latest Trailblazer 40 Below had her first child and still graduated on time with her class. Infante made the most of the educational opportunities provided to her while working for the $6.1 billion Bethpage Federal Credit Union in Bethpage, N.Y., completing her bachelor’s degree in business management and earning an MBA.

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