How to break into NGOs with Catalina Escobar, President of Juanfe Foundation, Ep 4

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In this episode of How to be the Difference, we invited renowned social entrepreneur Catalina Escobar, the Founder and President of Juanfe Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the lives of children and adolescents living in extreme poverty in Latinamerica and tackling one of the core problems that perpetuate poverty in the world: teenage pregnancy.

We talk to Catalina about the personal story behind Juanfe Foundation, how the tragedy of her 18th-month-old son falling from an 8th-floor balcony made her switch her successful career in the private sector to set up a nonprofit, and the importance of measuring impact.

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Outline of this episode:

  • [0:28] – St. Patrick’s Day during lockdown
  • [1:55] – How to break into NGOs
  • [3:44] – Catalina Escobar, Fundación Juanfe
  • [5:12] – Juanfe’s backstory 
  • [13:52] – A career in the non-profit sector
  • [17:29] – Is personal passion a requirement?
  • [19:42] – Living a life with purpose
  • [22:54] – Habits for success
  • [25:02] – Advice to other women 

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