Social Impact Lab students attend global conference

Students travel to Mexico to explore advancements in poverty alleviation.

Lynn University’s Social Impact Lab selected six students and an alumnus to receive a scholarship to attend the annual Opportunity Collaboration summit in Cancun, Mexico, Oct. 14–19. The delegates—Kuda Biza ’10, graduate student Michael Buckley, seniors Alberto Gomez and Ivar Guerero, junior Coralie Alexis, sophomore Tariro Katutura, and freshman James Okina—joined 440 leaders from 50 countries to explore the latest techniques and technologies being used to tackle the global poverty crisis.

“We’re grateful for the Cordes Foundation gift that made this trip possible for our students,” said Jerry Hildebrand, director of the Social Impact Lab. “Their support helped students to gain a better understanding of sustainable business practices that are impacting the real world.”

Over the six days, students built their professional networks and learned from high-power leaders about the world’s current poverty landscape and alleviation efforts. Speakers also shared best practices and partnership opportunities.

“I met many extraordinary individuals who gave me advice for my career and my life,” said Gomez. “Learning about how they turned their passions into functional businesses including nonprofits was genuinely inspiring.”

Unlike traditional conferences, Opportunity Collaboration blended its main sessions with more personal, small group session. Students also were invited to shadow Social Impact Lab Director Jerry Hildebrand and Associate Director Erina McWilliam-Lopez in their meetings and strategy sessions.

“Allowing students to interact with industry-leading changemakers in such a relaxed atmosphere is comparable to none,” Gomez added.

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