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2015 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards | Karla Ruiz Cofiño from Guatemala

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Published on Jul 18, 2015

Receiving the Vital Voices #GlobalLeadershipAward, was a huge honor that I accepted on behalf of every person in #Guatemala that believes in a better world and for those committed to be part of the #CollectiveIntelligence that is already shaping a better future for us all!

It's imposible to express how grateful I am, but I can promise to all the people who believe in my vision and have supported me, that I will #PayItForward!

This award presents so many possibilities and I'm determined to make the most out of it, in order to create as many opportunities as I can for women in Guatemala!

In addition to this incredible award, during my trip in Washington and San Francisco what I really won is a new family! In just a few days we built strong bonds with so many people, starting with my fellow honourees Kha, Samara, Missu and Samira. I feel humbled by their work, passion and courage; I'm deeply and truly inspired by each one of them. Today I have new sisters that I will always support unconditionally.

I would like to dedicate this award to the different teams that I work with:

- To the Vital Voices #GlobalAmbassadors Program: being part of this amazing team is one of the most rewarding things in my life! #TogetherWeAreBetter.

- To Global Shapers Guatemala, Women's Entrepreneurship Day Guatemala and Visionarios de Guatemala: Each one of the members in these groups and communities push me forward to improve the state of the world! #BEtheCHANGE.

- To Funsepa: because I truly believe that education is the key for a better future, and being Ambassador for this great initiative is a duty every Guatemalan should commit to. #HDE #HeroesDeLaEducación

- To UFM Design: This is one of the most exciting projects that I'm involved in, we are committed to position Guatemala and Central America as the epicentre of the #OrangeEconomy!

- To all the people that have participated in the Digital Awareness Program and are part of our network. Let’s be part of the #CollectiveIntelligence that enables us to make informed decisions and conscious, sustainable choices, for a better world! #DigitalAwareness.

- To everybody at MILKnCOOKIES: Through technology and a connected society, we can create a real and positive impact in our lives and in the lives of those around us. #LetsChangeTheWorldTogether!

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my gratitude to the people that stand beside me, shaping the person I am and the values I stand for: My parents, my sister and my brother, my dear nieces Sofía & Valentina, my friends who are my second family and Alex who is my source of inspiration and strength every single day!

Karla Ruiz Cofiño
www.KarlaRuiz.com

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You can watch all the pictures of this amazing trip here:

My week in Washington: http://bit.ly/GLA_washington
The night of the Awards: http://bit.ly/GLA15_KarlaRuiz
Trip to San Francisco: http://bit.ly/GLA_SanFrancisco

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News & Articles:

http://www.washingtonlife.com/2015/06...
https://www.looktothestars.org/news/1...

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For more information about this great award and my fellow honorees:

VISIT: www.vitalvoices.org/glab

READ: http://bit.ly/GLA2015_INFO

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MO5W...

FOLLOW: #GLA15 and @VitalVoices

#FutureStartsWith
#WomenLeadership
#InvestInWomen

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