Enjoy an immersive, transformative, and empowering leadership journey, specifically designed for professional women.

By examining the role of women in leadership, this trek will expose participants to gender issues that are relevant around the world while creating an open space for meaningful discussion, reflection and action.

In 2015 I participated in a 9 day Professional Women’s Development Trek in South Africa, led by the Emzingo Group. The Trek was one of most influential leadership and professional development experiences I have had in my career. Emzingo’s tested model provided a perfect balance of training, vacation, emergence learning, business development and educational experiences. There were great opportunities to enhance my professional and personal leadership skills as I engaged with the other Trek participants, international and US leaders in the social impact, government, business, health, education, nonprofit and philanthropy fields, paying particular attention to the experience of women in leadership. I took away an enhanced understanding of my strengths and weaknesses as a leader in this phase of my career.

Testimonial Rosemary DiRita
Rosemary DiRita
PWT participant, SA Oct. 2015.

Professional Women’s Trek: Live. Learn. Lead.

Duration: 8 days.

Level: Professional women.

When: Oct. 8th – Oct. 16th, 2016

Where: Lima and Cusco, Peru (Including Machu Picchu)

Registration is now OPEN. 

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What it’s about

The role of professional women, be it private, public, or non-profit, is a key driver for the socio-economic development of any country.
During the program, our participants will meet and converse with leading women in Peru who have broken the traditional mold, and who, like most women, have been faced with the challenges of gender bias, while balancing personal life with a professional career.
Through Emzingo’s Live-Learn-Lead™ framework, this immersive experience will look to challenge, inspire, and transform you.



  • Experience field visits to help social entrepreneurs and NGOs.
  • Immerse in the culture of Lima & Cusco, while creating meaningful relationships with other female leaders from across the globe.


  • Interact with experts in social innovation and inclusion, sustainability, CSR, and gender equality issues.
  • Engage in dynamic workshops, powerful discussion, and idea generation for action around social responsibility and gender equality.


  • Return equipped with new skills and tools for influential and responsible leadership.
  • Reinforce the positive cycle of female leadership from the Peruvian context to the larger world.
  • Self-reflect and commit to your own development goals as a woman leader.

What’s In It For You

  • Experience gender issues and opportunities from a Peruvian context and how they apply to your own reality.

  • Network with professional women from across the globe.

  • Expand your knowledge of sustainable development, corporate citizenship, and social inclusion.

  • Develop personally and professionally in a challenging environment.

  • Activities range from sessions and workshops, to visits and expeditions, all featuring fully dedicated facilitators.

  • All activities will be held in Lima and Cusco.

I honestly don’t know how I could have come to this new perspective with any other experience than this professional women’s trek. The entire experience was informative, interesting, invaluable, and simply incredible. Professional women need opportunities like this. We need more of them. Everywhere.

Testimonial Elizabeth Brost
Elizabeth Brost
PWT participant, SA Oct. 2015

What Your Trek Will Look Like

During the Professional Women’s Trek you will have the chance to discover the uniqueness of Peru, gain a deeper understanding of gender issues in today’s world and partake in a Social Innovation Workshop (SIW) to assist some of our partner NGOs or social entrepreneurs with the specific strategic challenges they face.

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Sample Activities*

Peruvian Culture & History

  • Visit to Yuyanapac Photo Exhibition (visit to a powerful collection of black & white pictures that reconstruct the tragic recent years of terrorism with the Shining Path and Fujimori’s dictatorship).
  • Culture-Flex session (understanding social and cultural differences within the Peruvian context)
  • Inner city walking tour to Colonial Center with Alternative Peru.

Social Impact

  • Active participation in a Social Innovation Workshop: a full day of experiential learning and the application of Design Thinking, Theory U, and Human Centered Design principles. We will meet young women entrepreneurs leading innovative social businesses that are part of the NESsT portfolio in Lima. NESsT is an international organization that develops sustainable enterprises to solve critical social problems in emerging market economies. They use a multifaceted approach that includes financial investments & capacity support.
  • Facilitated Panel Discussion – Panel of Experts with women representatives from key sectors (corporate, government, non-profit, social start-ups). Moderated discussion and interactive workshops around gender equality, women’s leadership in both the Peru and global context. Talking about the issues is a first step in formulating a path towards a better understanding of female leadership in the 21st century.

Academic Learning

  • In partnership with Universidad del Pacifico, ranked as the most prestigious higher education institution in the fields of economics, law, and business administration in Peru we will host a session around the economic and social challenges that Peru is facing.
  • Additionally, we will facilitate three key personal reflection sessions where each participant will be guided through self awareness and personal leadership reflection, while building an empowering roadmap to achieve personal/professional goals.

Immersion Experiences

  • We will travel to Villa El Salvador, in the outskirts of Lima, to meet Ana Sofia Pinedo who co-founded Arena y Esteras at age 18. Her vision? To create a community theatre and make use of art, circus, music and dance to engage with low-income communities around issues related to gender equality, human rights and cultural identity. Participants will interact with Arena y Esteras’ youth leaders, while learning to walk on stilts and playing the Cajón Peruano.
  • The Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC) is a non-profit organization nestled in the Sacred Valley that strives to preserve unique ancestral textiles techniques from pre-Colombian cultures of Peru. They work with nine communities weavers in the region of Cusco, providing support and assistance with the aim to preserve weaving traditions for future generations.


  • City Center: Beautiful colonial architecture literally built atop Incan ruins. Living history.
  • Sacred Valley: breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins.
  • Machu Picchu: one of the Wonders of World and rightfully so. A palace in the skies.

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The total tuition cost of the program is $3,300 which includes accommodation, local transport (including roundtrip airfare to Cusco, train and entrance to Machu Picchu), all work sessions, workshops, meals (breakfast & lunch), tickets to museums and other visits, and professional, fully-dedicated staff and facilitators.

Payment Options

– Super-Early bird discount: Reserve your spot with a $300 deposit by March 31st and receive a 10% discount.

– Early bird discount: Reserve your spot with a $300 deposit by May 31st and receive a 5% discount.

– Regular fee: Full tuition if you sign up between 1st of June 2016 and the final deadline on September 1st, 2016.

Attractive offers and discounts are available for participants travelling in pairs or in groups. Please reach out to for more information.

About Us

During your Trek in Peru, you will be accompanied by members of our fully trained professional team, including:

Laura Bussa

Country Manager - Peru

Originally from the idyllic island of Sardinia in Italy, Laura has worked and volunteered for a variety of social projects in 4 different continents. A significant moment in her life was the time she spent working with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, which confirmed her desire to work in the social sector internationally. She holds a BA in Human Rights from the University of Padua, and an MSc in International Development from London South Bank University. Based in Lima, she manages our programs in Peru.

Daniel Pulaski

Managing Partner

Originally from New Jersey, USA, but with a Spanish/Latino heart and soul, Daniel has lived and worked on 4 different continents. He has managed Emzingo’s NexGen Fellowship, designing experiential learning programs in South Africa, and expanding Emzingo’s presence to a second site in Peru. He finds inspiration through conversation and believes that entrepreneurship is a driver of social and economic change. After studying at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and spending two years as a volunteer in southern Peru, he completed his MBA at IE Business School in Madrid and has been a managing partner at Emzingo for 5 years.

When I wanted to better understand my path after my MBA, Emzingo gave me an opportunity to explore social entrepreneurship at the ground level. Not only did this give me confidence that I would enjoy social entrepreneurship, but also that my MBA learnings were practically helpful in this context. Since founding Markit Opportunity, an AgTech social enterprise in East Africa, I often draw from tools I built during my Emzingo engagement.

Testimonial Ashley, MBA
Ashley, MBA
IE Business School, Peru ‘14

Don’t Miss Your Chance

Our programs have been selected as some of the most promising educational approaches to social entrepreneurship by Ashoka U.

Terms & Conditions

  • This trek is reserved for professional women in the private, public or non-profit sector.
  • A minimum of 10 participants is required.
  • We will contact you as soon as we reach this minimum so that you can purchase your flights. If we do not reach 10 participants, you will be fully refunded the tuition.
  • The deadline to register is August 31st, 2016.
  • We will assist in providing all necessary documentation (invoices, etc.) for those looking to participate through corporate sponsorship
  • Full payment must be made by August 31st, 2016. Payment plans are available; please contact our staff for more info.
  • We will offer an additional 10% special referral discount for 2 additional participants you bring on-board (max. discount of 10%).
  • Once you have successfully registered, you will be contacted immediately by our team.



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