Date & Time: October 17 3:00pm
Location: Virtual

Andrea Samantha Paltzer will speak about how she’s used creativity to drive sustainable change and educate on stereotypes around race and gender.

Founder of the NGO XtraOrdinary Women, an alternative job training program for disadvantaged women in Nicaragua and jewelry brand Chureca Chic that empowers social change in Central America’s largest landfill, Andrea will discuss her ideation process and inspirations, her motivation, and strategies behind creating an organization to tackle social issues.

Presenter’s/Organization Bio

Andrea Samantha Paltzer
Development professional, impact entrepreneur, NGO founder.

Andrea believes in challenging traditional forms of development and in social entrepreneurship as a solution to persistent social and environmental problems. In 2009 she founded the charity XtraOrdinary Women, an alternative job training program for disadvantaged women in Nicaragua. In 2013 the Chureca Chic brand was born as part of the path of social entrepreneurship. Andrea is committed to facilitating opportunities that drive sustainable change and currently works as a consultant advising SMEs on sustainability and community impact strategies.

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Suggested resources for the audience:

  • The Purpose Economy – Aaron Hurst
  • Grit: Why Passion and Resilience are the secrets to success – Angela Duckworth
  • DO PURPOSE: Why Brands with a Purpose do better and matter more – David Hieatt
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