Impact At Scale

The Beeck Center engages global leaders to drive social change at scale.

Elizabeth Valiaveedan

What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I will be working with Yanbal International in Peru this summer. I have been interested in learning about the role of the private sector in development and I am incredibly excited to work in the intersection of business and social impact while living abroad. I am also looking forward to living in Lima and finally having the chance to learn about the Latin American region firsthand, rather than in a classroom.

What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
To me, social impact means creating meaningful, positive change. It is not about being a “do-gooder” but rather doing good in a sustainable, practical and mindful way.

How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
I hope that GU Impacts not only helps me to grow professionally but also that it helps me to grow as an individual. I hope that being pushed outside of my comfort zone will help me to understand my own ability to adapt and face new challenges.

Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
GU Impacts stood out to me as a very unique opportunity in that it allows undergraduates to gain real hands-on experience and exposes students to new and exciting ideas. It also allows students to connect their experiences to the community here on campus, which I really value.

What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts is different from other service programs because it provides an immersive and transformational experience that allows students to both learn and to grow. GU Impacts also has a very strong and supportive community not only at campus within Georgetown, but globally through all of the partnerships.

What’s your favorite quote?
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

What are you currently reading?
I am currently rereading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

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