2019 Fab 40: Matilde Wosnjuk


Age 50

City Eagle Mountain

After coming to the U.S. from Brazil, Matilde dedicated herself to sharing the spirit of her homeland with the local community. In 2005, Matilde and her husband, Tony, founded Viva Brazil Cultural Center, a nonprofit dedicated to educating the public about Brazilian arts, tradition, culture and language. The main focuses of Viva Brazil are the Utah Brazilian Festival and scholarships to provide educational assistance for people of Brazilian descent. For its 15th run, the Utah Brazilian Festival will be at the University Place this summer. Filled with the music, dance, arts and food of Brazil, the festival attracts more than 10,000 people.

Favorite Superhero “Storm. She’s taken whatever the world might use as an excuse to ostracize her and instead used it as reason to be extra sassy. Everyone can be inspired by her story, which includes being an orphan, growing up a street thief and becoming queen of a country.”

Kryptonite “It’s been a struggle to decline invitations and requests because I thought I was going to miss something. I felt overwhelmed with so many community, business and social engagements. This year I am going from FOMO to JOMO — ‘Joy Of Missing Out.’ I am learning to pace myself and enjoy Friday and Saturday nights at home with my family.”

Sidekick “My husband, Tony Wosnjuk, who is my close companion and friend for better, for worse, for rich, for poorer. I also consider him my ‘Genie in a Bottle’ because he makes all my wishes come true, always supporting me on my various projects and ideas.”

Secret Identity “I am obsessed with politics. Although I am an enthusiastic follower of the American and Brazilian political scene, you will not see me discussing politics on a regular basis during conversations with friends or on my social media. I save it for political discussion groups.”



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