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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Meed

Stop for a minute and think about where you are in your life.

Where did you start and how did you get there?

What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?

Just seriously sit down for a second and think about that… think about exactly that.

 For the past couple of days the questions stated above have come up in our class discussion. As young women leaders, these questions have enabled us the opportunity to think critically about our life goals and the way in which we will accomplish them. The many speakers throughout the past couple of days have asked the same questions but today I want to focus on one.

How do women own their power? And how can we be stronger leaders overall.

While sitting in the social entrepreneur panel this afternoon, we had the opportunity as students to observe individuals who have reached a certain point in their career. When it comes to being a Social Entrepreneur it is oriented towards solving a problem rather than earning money like a regular entrepreneur. Like us, they too were once sitting in the same seats at the UN trying to figure out where their lives were going and where their passions would take them. Apart of this panel was Virginia, Leanne, Mariery, Eva, Eliise, and Skyler; six entrepreneurs doing great things in their field that empower them as women.

Although all the women interested me the most, Virginia is the one I was drawn to. As a past GLP student, she really has come from the same spot I am sitting in today. “Originally from Colombia, Virginia Campo, holds a BA in international relations and Latin American Studies from Florida State University. In 2008 she started her own NGO called Hecha y Dercha, which focuses on bridging the gap in women from rural and urban areas in Panama.” Now at the age of 24, Virginia works for HSBC bank, where she is a Premier Propositions Manager.

As an individual who works very hard at my passion combating human trafficking, specifically child trafficking, I want to open my own shelter for survivors. Hearing the struggles and challenges faced when trying to start your own organization really sparked my interest, because one day I hope to be sitting in the same position Virginia is sitting in today. As an individual, Virginia has come so far and has been able to answer all the questions stated above. She has been able to open the many doors presented in front of her, and dive in head first to pursue her dreams.

We all have the need to change the world but it is not plausible for that to happen in one day. So as individuals we have to change the world one step at a time, one foot in front of the other. Remembering that women CAN have it all as long as they balance out their personal life and business life. Women CAN change the world as long as we break this invisible glass ceiling with inside ourselves that tend to hold us back. Women CAN make a different if society would change its views of the way in which they see women’s place in this world. We are equal and will be equal one day, because of social entrepreneurs like the individuals in the panel today.

Read more about Social Entrepreneurs around the world:

30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs- Forbes

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