Having a love of fashion since she was a child, Cynthia Chapa, knew that the fashion industry was something that she wanted to be a part of. Cynthia graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2000, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Merchandising Cum Laude. Since her college years, Cynthia has served as a Merchandise Manager and produced many fashion shows for stores such as : Dillards, Gap and Ann Taylor. Cynthia shared her experience and knowledge about the fashion industry with students at the International Academy of Design and Technology, where she worked as the Department Chair for the Fashion Department for 5 years. Since serving as the Department Chair, Cynthia produced close to 40 fashion shows for the students at IADT, and helped the department to earn the Fashion Rising Star Award in the Education Category for SA Fashion Week 2010. Cynthia served as Co-Regional Director for Fashion Group International of San Antonio, and was a key person in initiating San Antonio’s Fashion Week. Last year, she served as Director for SA Fashion Week 2011, and received the Fashion Rising Star Award in the category of Fashion Advocate during SA Fashion Week 2011. Cynthia is a contributing fashion writer for the blog, “Fashionably San Antonio,” and the website “Popular Hispanics,” and frequently appears on Great Day SA and Fox News 35 Morning Show as a fashion personality. Cynthia received her Masters Degree in December 2010 concentrating in Organizational Development and continues to lead the fashion community is San Antonio as well as now serving as the Community Relations Manager for IADT.