Georgetown University's GCL 2019 Class Graduation
The Global Competitiveness Leadership Program 2019 graduation took place at the Riggs Library on Friday, March 29. Thirty-six participants from 15 Ibero-American countries graduated from this 10-week program which aims to empower emerging leaders to become strong agents of change in Latin America. Out of all the projects crafted during the program, the following 10 projects were selected to present at the GCL Pitch Showcase on March 28:
- Francisco Abad, Ecuador, World Change Makers, a project that seeks to train and empower the new generation of social enterpreneurs in Latin America.
- Virginia Barreiro, Panama, Debate Society of Panama, an educational program for youth empowerment through debate.
- Jenifer Colpas, Colombia, Tierra Grata, provides rural communities in Colombia with new eco-friendly technologies to guarantee access to water, energy, and sanitation.
- Sebastian Flores, Ecuador, Comparlante, social-tech nonprofit organization where young change-makers unite to create innovative solutions for people with disabilities and provide advice to companies in accessibility solutions.
- Samuel Goyzueta, Bolivia, C-boost digital platform that connects companies with universities, private and public technical institutes to facilitate adequate hiring of young college graduates.
- Anyela Hurtado, Panama, Hecha y Derecha, Business Entrepreneurship company which aims to create opportunities for low income women.
- Ivan Matovich, Argentina, Leapfrogging, to create a Center of Innovation for Education Policy that bridges research activities with educational policy-making to improve secondary education.
- Roberto Mendoza, Mexico, La Casita de Kiki, digital community that will bring together and empower people with disabilities and their families.
- Paula Mosera, Uruguay, Provitech, Education social enterprise to support Providencia Educational Center.
- Rafael Ottaiano, Brazil, Positive Energy, to develop an app to share positive messages to foster resilience.
Paula Mosera, GCL 2019 from Uruguay, was nominated by her peers to represent this thirteenth cohort at the graduation ceremony. In her speech, Paula thanked Georgetown University for this exceptional opportunity to continue to learn, to grow personally and professionally, and to foster long-lasting ties with the region.
10 weeks ... 10 weeks ago a transformative experience began for each one of us. No one imagined that in 10 weeks we could question so many things, we could establish such deep relations and we could feel so many emotions. 10 intense weeks, which happened too fast, but left a very big mark, which I dare to say will be for life."
Paula extended three invitations to her cohort: 1) continue building these bonds, 2) think big, and 3) enjoy the journey. In this link you can read her full speech.
We extend our congratulations to all our 36 GCLs and will be on the lookout for their accomplishments in the region. For details on these and the rest of the participants' leadership projects, download their one-page proposals below. If you wish to contact these participants, email firstname.lastname@example.org.