The entrepreneurial community of the Triangle will be represented by HQ Raleigh in Argentina the first two weeks of April in a project funded by the U.S. State Department. Two workshops on the entrepreneurial mindset will be delivered to women in Buenos Aires.

HQ Raleigh is one of 45 entities selected by the State Department to implement entrepreneurial and community development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as paart of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLA) Professional Fellows Reciprocal Exchange Program during 2018.

Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and implemented by Meridian International Center and locally by International Focus, YLAI builds linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere and addresses the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering business and social entrepreneurs through exchanges.

n October 2017, ten entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean came to the Triangle to collaborate with local organizations, grow their professional network, and return to their home countries with fresh ideas to expand their own initiatives.  Next week, the Triangle will be represented in Buenos Aires, Argentina and contribute to entrepreneurial conversations with women from across the city.

Lucila Dotto, the Co-Founder of AGC Consultora and the Marketing and Communications Director at the Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, was one of the YLAI fellows selected to spend four weeks at HQ Raleigh. Together with Liz Tracy, the former Director of HQ Raleigh, they have spent the last three and half months developing a partnership to deliver two workshops for Argentinian women focused on developing the entrepreneurial mindset.

The reach of this partnership goes beyond the classroom. All of the program participants will be invited to a gathering at the U.S. Embassy to give the women a chance to expand their networks and meet other female innovators. They will also be invited to join a group called Género y Liderazgo, which Lucila started last year to bring women together to support each other in business. The hope is that this workshop will not only provide new tools for problem solving and creative thinking, but also expand the network of entrepreneurially minded women in Buenos Aires.

Photo: Left to right: Magdalyn Duffie (Entrepreneur and Designer), Liz Tracy, who is headed to Argintina in April, and Lucila Dotto (Fellow from Argentina), Heather McDougall (Director of Leadership exCHANGE).