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Karen Ramirez

The Leadership Center

I am passionate about

I am most passionate about helping women break the cycle of gender discrimination by helping them to find their purpose. In my country women are discriminated against and we are not given the same opportunities as men. I want to help women in Honduras but also women around the world. Discrimination is a global issue. I am committed to creating new opportunities for women and proving that we are capable of doing so much more than people think we can do. Every day, gender discrimination stops women from achieving their goals and dreams. I want women to have a voice. I am a woman and it has taken a lot of effort, dedication, discipline and most of all courage to be who I am and to show people that I am a good leader. I always feel as if I’m representing women everywhere, and every time I demonstrate good leadership skills or positively impact in the lives of others I prove that all women are capable of leading.

Last year I was a student at The Leadership Center, an NGO and women’s college that empowers the next generation of ethical Honduran leaders trough small businesses development. Now I am Co-Director and Dean of Students at The Leadership Center. My position here has helped me to develop my leadership skills. I am an example for the students. We women are blessed with incredible foresight. We think beyond the superficial, and as a result we are able to see opportunities that other people overlook.

While I was studying many people told me to quit because I am a woman and women should do anything besides cooking and cleaning, but I never believed them. Those people motivated me; I wanted to prove that they were wrong. Now, here I am co-director of a university at only 21 years old. I will not stop. I have many more dreams to follow. I hope to inspire other women to follow their dreams as well.


In addition to my work at The Leadership Center, I lead small organization called Women with Purpose. We meet every Friday to share ideas and strategize about how to improve our lives and the lives of other Honduran women. The mission of our group is to help women find and pursue their purpose in life. We convince them that they can aspire to more than just cooking and cleaning. We fundraise and solicit sponsors to cover the cost of operation because all of our projects benefit poor women and are free of charge. Leading this group has made me an example for the students and people around me. We have started projects in a few poor communities across the country and they have all positively impacted people’s lives, especially the lives of women and youths, since all action that benefits mothers benefits their children as well. I have always known that God was going to use me to make changes in the life of others. Our last conference was unforgettable for me. It was in my home town of San Jose de Comayagua. The people were so interested, and I saw hope in their faces and they asked us to come back and share more information with them. It meant a lot to me because these people have known me since I was a little girl, and now in their eyes I am a leader. Those people motivate me to continue helping and serving because I know that even one conversation or one new piece of knowledge is enough to make someone think. Sometimes, it is enough to change a life.