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.
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.
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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.
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.