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YPA Cafecito with CNN Hero Catalina Escobar 

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 30, 2014


(Image: Courtesy of Catalina Escobar)

This event is open to YPA members only. Admission: $10

Join the Young Professionals of the Americas for a cafecito with CNN Hero Catalina Escobar, president of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation. Get to know Catalina, listen to her inspiring life story, and learn about her drive to improve the lives of teen mothers in Colombia.

This event is the second of YPA's Cafecito Series in New York City, which brings prominent leaders from various fields together with YPA members in a small, intimate setting.

Catalina Escobar Restrepo is the president of the Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation. Her early working life started in the private financial sector before creating the foundation. Her active participation in the social sector, in addition to the significant results achieved, has made her a widely recognized leading entrepreneur with a great social-business spirit, and an example for leadership among the youth. She was elected “Innovative Leader” by Poder magazine in 2008, chosen within the “100 Leaders of the Colombian Society” by Gerente magazine in 2011, and the worthy winner of the Portafolio Award 2006 in the category of solidarity. Currently, she is a member of the Sovereign Order of Malta and an Ashoka Fellow 2011. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos honored her with the Condecoración Orden Nacional al Mérito en Grado Cruz De Plata. In May 2012, she was chosen among the 25 women worldwide for the Fortune/US State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. Restrepo has a degree in Business Administration from Clark University, a degree that she has combined with other studies in Europe and Japan at Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka. She completed an MBA at INALDE, strengthening her entrepreneurial and financial management profile. 

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