Karen Carvajalino

Country representing

Colombia

Languages

Spanish
English

Education

  • Kennesaw State University
  • Bacherlors Degree in Psychology and Statistics Minor
  • Certified Trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming

Current organisation

The Biz Nation

Current role

COO

Skills and Expertise

Education

Areas of interest

Business
Education
Leadership
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I am passionate social entrepreneur obsessed creating a major impact and change in the educational system in Latin America. Our region is full of amazing resources that are constantly unexploited because our people are not ready to take them. I firmly believe that empowered people will be better suited for discovering and making the most out of opportunities. Education is power and is also the best tool to jumpstart the economic growth of my region. My contribution is based on the idea that receiving high quality, real world applicable and skill-oriented education is the best way to generate personal, social and economic development. I am a psychologist, certified trainer in Neuro Linguistic Programming and expert in triune brain, and have devoted my knowledge and experience create a methodology that will make education more meaningful and accessible to every person in Latin America. I vision a system that empowers young people to adopt a positive lifestyle by building a strong character, a desire to succeed in life, and the capacity to generate financial resources at an early age. I dream to create a worldwide movement. My strategy is to make young people job creators rather than job seekers.I want to install an entrepreneurial culture in tomorrow’s leaders and avoid a continuation of this problem in future generations through the development of productive skills. The Biz Nation is the program with which we (my sisters and me) develop different projects to accomplish the goal described before. In addition to the entrepreneurial focus, our methodology emphasizes in recognizing the different types of learning so that every person can learn at the same level. We include NLP techniques in order to increase the likelihood of content being received by people`s brain. We also bring experiential learning to the mixture and motivation. Finally we include one of our main allies to make this model available and accessible: technology.

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In order for you to understand the impact that I have been able to create during the last 14 years I want to share with you a little bit about myself. I am a young Colombian entrepreneur, author, trainer, motivational speaker. I started doing business with my sisters with $15 when I was 8 years old and founded Chococar, a home-based chocolate company. 3 years after, I grew my business and expanded it to different cities in Colombia. When I was 10 years old, I gave my first lecture in a private university and started my career as motivational speaker. I discovered a strong passion for fostering entrepreneurial spirit in young people and energizing individuals to achieve their best potential. Today, I have been able to impact parents through my training programs as well as my book. At age 14, I published Parents and Coaches along with my sisters. With the book I aim to close the entrepreneurial education gap by providing parents with an effective model of entrepreneurship education at home. We have been able to educate and impact more than 500,000 individuals including corporations, students, parents and entrepreneurs in almost every country of LATAM with our message of success, leadership and entrepreneurship. A few years ago we decided to change our focus to youth and created The Biz Nation. We came up with a scalable way that allows us to reach more people faster and more effectively through the use of technology. On the other hand, I lead a non-profit organization called Fundación Yo Emprendo. This non-profit supports parents of vulnerable communities in Bolivar, Colombia by giving them hope, motivation and providing them with education, tools and resources to create their own business. We have worked with more than 160 low-income families and over 400 teen moms, ex guerrilla members and victims of natural disasters. Yo Emprendo projects have been replicated in other towns of our state and their results are helping hundreds of families permanently.