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Promoting women’s advancement in Haiti through creative baked goods

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By Caroline Sachdeva. 2017 YLAI Fellow Marie Flore Morett, owner of Delices de Marie Florett , has worked to create a welcoming community in Haiti to empower women to seek employment opportunities and work to decrease the job and wage inequalities present in Haiti.

How one YLAI Professional Fellow unlocks potential through mentorship in Antigua and Barbuda

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By Caroline Sachdeva. “I I believe each individual is unique and possesses greatness within them,” says Janese Henderson. Janese, a 2017 YLAI Professional Fellow, is the founder of Jan’s Empowerment Institute (JEI) in Antigua and Barbuda.

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How adaptability during a pandemic transformed this YLAI Fellow’s Honduran sustainability company

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By Angie Garozzo. 2018 YLAI Fellow Cinthya Andino is most passionate about design and about protecting the environment. In 2015, she was able to merge these two passions together to create her company, Beleaf.

Empowering millennials in Peru to take action volunteering

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By Jewelle Saunders. Rosario Diaz Garavito, the founder of The Millennials Movement , didn’t look to be labeled as an entrepreneur and a leader in her community when she began her small social media movement promoting youth volunteerism in 2013. She was just focused on doing the work.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

This YLAI Fellow is influencing sustainable behavior in his Dominican Republic community

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By Jewelle Saunders. 2018 YLAI Fellow Porfirio Baez spent his free time dreaming up different ways to contribute to the preservation of the environment. So he founded his own company to do just that.

Taller con Manuel Sánchez Masferrer: Retos del COVID-19 para los emprendedores y la economía

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¿Cuándo? Martes 22 de septiembre a las 3:00 PM hora de El Salvador. Tema: Retos del COVID-19 para los emprendedores y la economía.

Creative ways to earn money in difficult times

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By Elise Kemp. Life is unpredictable. Markets take a turn, opportunities disappear, and unforeseen circumstances prevent us from being able to follow through with business as usual. Adaptability is the key to survival in an ever-changing world. If external pressures force you to redirect your source of income, please remember this is not a failure. This is an opportunity to come out stronger and more resilient — and to get creative.

Creating a forever home for this Trinidadian community and the endangered animals within it

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By Jewelle Saunders. 2018 YLAI Fellow Rondell Hamilton is the founder of Rennie’s Orphanage and Animal Rescue (ROAR) in Trinidad, a nonprofit organization managing the rehabilitation, repopulation, and rescue of wild animals.

How to be a responsible leader during a crisis

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An international crisis, like the coronavirus pandemic, introduces unprecedented challenges. In times of crisis, businesses require new approaches to leadership to address these challenges and emerge stronger. It is important to address these changes in leadership responsibly and ethically. Here are a few recommendations for leading with integrity and transparency during a crisis. Refer to your values.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Lighting the torch of change: Youth volunteering in Haiti

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By Elise Kemp. As a part of the YLAI Network’s mission, community involvement in fostering development is critical. Hearing about the impact that our networkmembers are making in their own communities is a real privilege and helps us see how impactful it can be to volunteer locally. Lifting up others in your community. Jimmy Regis.

One woman’s path to financial empowerment leads the way

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2018 YLAI fellow Kenishia Mais is the founder of ThrivingDollars , a financial education platform empowering young adults with the tools and resources they need to make smarter decisions, create their ideal financial lives, and gain the freedom to pursue more of what they love. In celebration of Kenishia’s accomplishments and her encouragement to fellow young leaders to make their money count , we asked her to answer a few questions about her journey to entrepreneurship.

Mentor Talks: How to lead in a post-pandemic world

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Posted by Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – YLAI on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Embassy Brasilia hosted a live virtual discussion in May 2020 for exchange alumni and members of the YLAI Network on “how to lead in a post-pandemic world,” featuring entrepreneurship experts Alisa Cohn and Richie Norton, with moderator Rhett Power.

Remodeling English language education in Costa Rica

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By luck when he was young, Alex Solano took an English language course that would change his life. One inspiring teacher forever changed the way that Alex viewed education, and he received a scholarship to continue taking courses on teaching English. His drive and passion for education eventually led him to establish an innovative English language school in Costa Rica, where he now provides life-changing courses to his community. Creating unique lesson plans.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.

Training in textiles offers bright future for new entrepreneurs in Dominica

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By Caroline Sachdeva. Avena Prince aims to alleviate the strain of unemployment and poverty in her country of Dominica. She is working hard to achieve this goal by encouraging community members to master different skills, such as sewing and garment design. .

Why accountability is essential for responsible leaders

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Many factors contribute to why leaders find success. Leaders can build a company on an innovative business plan, a strong network, and effective marketing, but there are a few other key actions they might not consider that contribute to their sustained success. To lead responsibly and grow sustainable organizations, leaders must establish a culture of accountability. What does accountability mean? Making sure you lead responsibly, ethically, and effectively all comes down to accountability.

Strengthening financial education in Argentina with honesty and integrity

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“It is important to try to understand your customers and their needs and supply what they need with honesty,” says Gastón Fontaine. 2018 YLAI Fellow Gastón is the founder of eaInversores , an online platform based in Córdoba, Argentina, that provides low-cost investment assistance and financial literacy education.

Advice from an entrepreneurship expert, with Professor Michael Goldberg

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The YLAI Network hosted Michael Goldberg , a professor of entrepreneurship and an expert in international business development, for a Facebook chat in November for Global Entrepreneurship Week. Michael answered questions from network members requesting advice for their entrepreneurial endeavors. Many themes came up, such as overcoming issues with funding, navigating unstable governments, expanding your business, and dealing with competition.

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Marketing-Led Post-COVID-19 Growth Strategies

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of impact of the global pandemic that has upended the globe. Any return to normalcy may seem far-off, but sales and marketing are on the front lines of restarting the economy. When the dust settles, we have a responsibility to turn our shock and grief into fierce determination, and lead the charge of responsible, strategic, sustainable future growth. However, there’s no team better suited to lead that charge than the marketing department. Marketers are uniquely positioned to provide creative solutions to aid their organization in times of change and chart a course for navigating success.

5 key traits of resilient leaders

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By Jewelle Saunders. As a leader, you are bound to face many roadblocks on your way to achieving your goals. It is important that you set yourself up for success by focusing on building your resilience while encouraging the same among your team members. Being a resilient leader means that you are able to recover from adversity and adjust to change to emerge stronger after a setback.

Breaking boundaries together in Ecuador

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By Elise Kemp. Tamara Isch, a 2018 YLAI Fellow and a co-founder and COO of EcX Labs, has been breaking boundaries in her country, in her field of work, and in the world. The results of this woman’s hard work and innovation are cutting-edge technology solutions to the biggest problems in Ecuador. Tamara is a chemical engineer by profession, but her heart is also dedicated to children’s rights, and she, alongside four friends, started a business to combine these two passions.

How a female commercial engineer in Paraguay is overcoming barriers

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2018 YLAI Fellow Bibiana Dipeo, the director of Alimentando Para el Futuro (Feed4Future) in Paraguay, is empowering her community after more than a decade in the financial sector, by innovating new ways to reduce malnutrition and poverty. The YLAI Network is celebrating Bibiana’s tenacity in overcoming various barriers she has faced on her way to commercial engineering success, her hard work in the financial sector, and her passion for giving back to her community.

How to approach money management during uncertain times, according to our experts

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By Jewelle Saunders. Following our Global Money Week Facebook chat on money management, budgeting, and financial planning in March 2020, we noticed an influx of questions about how to best manage your money and project growth during uncertain times. Here is advice from our experts, Desde Cero Finanzas ‘ Julio César Pineda, and North Central College ‘s Dr. Ryan Decker, along with some additional resources, to help you focus on money management when you are not sure what is coming next.

How ZoomInfo Helps Overcome the Top Pain Points of Inside Sales

Recent digital transformation has shifted the B2B landscape by ushering in the era of buyer empowerment. With more access to user reviews, analyst opinion, and industry research, decision-makers are more informed than ever while navigating what is now known as the “buyer’s journey.”

Your top 4 money management questions, answered by our experts

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By Jewelle Saunders. The YLAI Network hosted three experts on financial planning for a Facebook chat in March 2020 for Global Money Week for network members. Our experts, ThrivingDollars ‘ Kenishia S. Mais, Desde Cero Finanzas ‘ Julio César Pineda and North Central College ‘s Dr. Ryan Decker, helped you work through your most pressing money management questions. From debt management and saving tips to investment inquiries, you have money on your mind.

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Los números lo indican: Las economías crecen cuando le apostamos a las mujeres

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Las mujeres inversionistas están liderando el camino para aumentar el acceso a capital, recursos y redes de contactos para las mujeres emprendedoras.

4 steps to building your resilience

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By Jewelle Saunders. Entrepreneurs are resilient people. Starting a business requires a strong will in order to get a venture off the ground. However, it is important to recognize that as an entrepreneur you can continually improve and work on building your resilience. Developing the skills to be resilient is essential to being a strong leader. With practice, anyone can become better equipped to overcome a barrier and emerge stronger.

How one woman is facilitating responsible financial management in Belize

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2018 YLAI Fellow and co-founder of L3G’s & Associates, Fatima Chi, is empowering businesses in her community in Belize to take control of their finances. L3G’s & Associates, founded with Fatima’s sister, Yadira, provides accounting and bookkeeping services, assisting clients by providing them with a wide array of professional business knowledge to help them better manage their finances and overall business operations.

Marketing Ops: The New Revenue Hero

As data continues to play a starring role in today’s B2B organizations, both marketing and sales operations professionals are poised to solidify their place as critical revenue drivers. In particular, the evolution of the Marketing Operations (Ops) role has created a new standard in marketing and has become a vital component of an organization’s success.

Three Strategies to Survive COVID-19 for Small Businesses in the Food Industry

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By Verónica Vásquez Cuerno | U.S. Embassy to El Salvador. Celina Portillo, CEO of Auténtico Bistro & Café, conducted a virtual roundtable with members of the YLAI Network in El Salvador. The issue on everyone’s minds was how to get their businesses through the current crisis caused by the health risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and by the quarantine that has forced them to close their restaurants.

Innovate, Scale Up, and Watch It Grow

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A recap of U.S. Embassy Trinidad and Tobago’s recent entrepreneurship speaker program on making a global name out of an idea. Innovate, Scale Up & Watch It Grow. Global Business Development Expert Cheryl Edison and our very own 2018 YLAI alum and young entrepreneur Shemeon William discuss the intricacies of business development & growth. Posted by U.S. Embassy Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, May 29, 2020. How do I scale up?”

5 questions to ask yourself during times of financial uncertainty

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By Ana Gonzalez. Uncertainty in our lives is a given, particularly when it comes to our finances. There will be times of steady income and other times where we are unsure of our incoming funds. Those uncertain times may be caused by natural disasters, economic recessions or changing markets. Uncertain times and challenges — which are a guarantee — are best met with financial resilience.

Advancing social and environmental change in Argentina

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Entrepreneurship can empower individuals and communities limited in resources. Someone with a good entrepreneurial spirit will look for ways to improve a community and its integrity through its businesses and missions. 2018 YLAI Fellow Marcos Heyd is a great example of someone with a good entrepreneurial spirit. He is the founder of La Escombrera, the founder of Surcos Argentinos and the co-founder of Digital Footprint.

What We Learned From Our Own Data-Driven ABM Strategy

ZoomInfo has created the following eBook to help other B2B organizations gain insights on how to launch their own data-driven ABM strategy. In this eBook, we will reveal the good and the bad from our own campaign and highlight some key takeaways on how to improve your ABM strategies moving forward.

Ashna Mahepal to Young Entrepreneurs: Identify Your Source of Empowerment

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Ashna Mahepal, founder of Young Help Suriname (YHS) , is a member of the YLAI Network and 2016 YLAI Fellow. She created the organization out of her passion for social entrepreneurial impact. Starting as a project manager with a background in engineering, Ashna launched YHS to develop and implement community projects supporting the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals through youth empowerment using robotics and innovation.