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Join us for a panel discussion with members of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). Hear from inspiring entrepreneurs & change makers on the challenges they've encountered and strategies they have found most helpful. Learn about their best practices and strategies for developing successful organizations and better communities.
Drinks and bites will be provided, we hope to see you there!
Maria Jose Diaz is the Managing Director of Investors at Cumplo, a crowdfunding lending platform that allows borrowers, primarily small and medium enterprises, and investors to connect directly. Cumplo's mission is to have fair rates through a transparent and collaborative online marketplace, thereby reducing information asymmetries. Prior to Cumplo, Maria worked for the Government of Chile as the Minister's Chief of Staff at the National Women's Service (SERNAM), as an advisor at the Ministry of Social Development, and in the planning unit at the National Emergency Office (ONEMI). She has a degree in Business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
Ricardo Jiménez is the Cofounder of Fútbol Fit Club, a startup that encourages people to have an active lifestyle using soccer as a reason to exercise and have fun. Fútbol Fit Club is also entering in the social entrepreneurship field and is developing a coaching program to help children from underprivileged communities. Before Fútbol Fit Club, Ricardo cofounded Mapache Studios, a video game studio that made a donation of 2 million licenses of educational software to the foundation Computadores para Educar. Ricardo is also a One Young World ambassador, Wayra alumnus, and an active member of the digital entrepreneurship ecosystem in Colombia working as a startup mentor.
Alberto Collado is the founder and CEO at Studio Cromat, a company dedicated to help designers and clients understand each other better with the architectural projects they develop together. Since he graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), he has applied his research on augmented and virtual reality technology to the design and commercialization of many business and large residential projects. His specialty is strategy and innovative design solutions for communication, industrial process, robotics and CNC machines, urban planning, and architectural construction. Alberto is a professor at the Latin American University of Science and Technology (ULACIT).
Carmen Castellanos is the co-founder and CEO of Fashion Truck, the first pop up store in El Salvador. Fashion Truck is a boutique on wheels that travels to its customers. Fashion Truck aims to empower Salvadoran women through clothes so that they can achieve their goals and leave a legacy in the world. Carmen has a degree in Economics from Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios (ESEN).
Latoya West-Blackwood founded iPublish Consultancy and its imprint, iMagiNation Books, as part of her longstanding love affair with books and reading. iPublish is Jamaica’s first registered full-service publishing consultancy, and it offers a range of support services from its base in Kingston, Jamaica to clients worldwide. From editorial and design, to digital distribution and marketing, iPublish provides customized solutions to self-publishers, corporate clients, and educational institutions. iMagiNation was created as an outlet for works across various genres showcasing the best of Jamaica to the world via new stories, voices, and media. Latoya is a Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship (Caribbean) Official Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica. She is passionate about volunteering and supports several community-based and non-profit initiatives promoting literacy and reading.
Tammi has over 20-years of experience building and leading global technical organizations, solving problems and providing world class service delivery. Tammi is a successful transformation leader with depth in leadership development, operations, and service management. Currently Tammi is the CIO/CTO at Gravity Payments and is responsible for driving technology and information strategy.
Prior to joining Gravity Payments, Tammi was Vice President of Production Operations at Yahoo, where she was responsible for the Operations Centers, Service Reliability Engineering, Business Continuity, and Incident, Problem and Change Management with employees located globally. She was also the Executive Advisor for the Women In Tech program at Yahoo.
Prior to joining Yahoo, Tammi was Vice President of Production Operations at First Data in Omaha, NE. In 1996, she was offered an internship at First Data Resources in the Conversions department. For the next 15 years, Tammi progressed through First Data as an intern, programmer, analyst, manager, director and vice president. First Data provided a wide range of opportunities from managing various teams who developed applications for large clients to managing global teams responsible for operations, even allowing her to spend time in Australia managing the Asia Pacific business.
A midwest work ethic, strong support system and many fortunate opportunities have played a big role in Tammi’s career. Starting her senior year at Avoca High School she took a job at a beef packing house and a part time job at a gas station for three years. For the next ten years, she owned and operated a small business while attending night classes earning an Associates of Art degree. She then moved on to pursue an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Programming degree at Iowa Western Community College (IWCC). Earlier this year, Tammi earned her BA degree in Leadership from Bellevue University.
Tammi believes the hands on, pragmatic education she received at IWCC paved the way for the success she has had professionally and is why she remains an active member of the Computer Information Technology Advisory Committee. In order for the college to prepare the students for careers or their next educational goal, we need to ensure they acquire the skills to make them competitive and marketable. We need to give back by ensuring the curriculum is dynamic and relevant based on current needs and trends.
Over the last 20 years, Tammi has had the privilege to travel to many areas of the world and meet many interesting people. While working at Yahoo she traveled to Bangalore, India often and was very passionate about the Parikrma Foundation, a school funded wholly by Yahoo for under privileged children.
President Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to build linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere. YLAI will help address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in the hemisphere.
The World Affairs Council links greater Seattle to the world. World Affairs Council programs provide opportunities for everyone in greater Seattle to be a global citizen by advancing a deep understanding of international events and culture. The World Affairs Council is proud to work with grantee Meridian International Center, a premier nonprofit, global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. YLAI is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Visit ylai.state.gov for more information about the YLAI Professional Fellows Program.
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