3-week Institute for Social Innovation
In collaboration with CollegeNode, our award-winning curriculum guides students through a creative learning process focused on global entrepreneurship, giving them clear actions to take and provoking thoughtful reactions and insights along the way. The ultimate goal of the programs is to learn through collaboration. To accomplish this, participants build a team with locals, university students, and professionals to formulate ideas on how to improve quality of life in the local community. The program is designed to give students a new perspective on global social challenges while engaging with their peers and rural communities in the developing world.
BOSTON + PANAMA + WASHINGTON DC
July 6 - August 7, 2019
Students will be staying adjacent to Boston's premier college campuses and will have the chance to interact and participate with one another and local college students in pre-departure activities.
In Panama, students will work in teams with a Stanford graduate who will be leading their projects. Check out some of the potential projects below! (Click to learn more)
Leila is excited to join the Think Impact team as the Team Lead for Panama this summer. Leila is a Think Impact alum, having worked in Kenya to help start a farming cooperative in 2012. Her experience working in Chanagande was one of the most enriching and formative experiences early in Leila’s design career.
Over the past seven years, Leila has coached hundreds of individuals on various international teams in design thinking, user research, and behavior design. Her coaching has helped organizations from the San Francisco Bay Area, Nepal, Ethiopia, and Germany find viable business solutions that improve their users’ experience. She has an incredible passion for teaching and empowering others to creatively tackle local social challenges.
She is currently working as a mixed methods User Researcher, with experience in both startup and Fortune 100 companies. Using generative, evaluative, and quantitative research methods, she works to empower her teams with the information needed to make strategic decisions in product development.
Leila received a B.A. in Science, Technology, and Society with an emphasis in Product Design from Stanford University. Inspired by her experiences in ThinkImpact, she decided to fundraise for global health awareness with Partners in Health by biking from San Francisco to Boston after graduation. In her spare time today, Leila still loves going on weekend bike rides, but she spends most of her time after work surfing, social dancing, practicing aikido, and taking classes to satiate her constant love of learning.