My Myanmar at a Click
Gina Badenoch, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ojos que Sienten, Mexico Class of 2012
My first YGL meeting in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, was overwhelming – it was surreal to be among very powerful people who didn’t wear the label of who they were, were happy to work in a horizontal way, and were really open to knowing you. Being a YGL has taught me the value of people working together, of accepting my own vulnerability and asking for help when I need it. As a result of what I have learned, I have found that people have started noticing me a lot more and I enjoy more credibility. This is both because of the weight of the Forum’s name and because of the links I have been able to forge with other YGLs. For example, in 2012, with the support of Paul Polman, the chief executive officer of Unilever and one of the Forum’s Partners, as well as two fellow YGLs, Alfredo Capote and Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui, I presented an initiative at the B20 to support the training and inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. At the same time, being a YGL has been a reality check – it has helped me see that passion and creativity are not always enough. You need to understand that you may find barriers along the way, and you must find ways to work around them. And as a YGL, there’s always someone you can call whenever you’re stuck or want to celebrate a success.
I’m currently working on a host of things with fellow YGLs – with Juan Carlos Ortiz from Colombia on a communication campaign for my foundation, Ojos que Sienten; with Tamas Landesz from Budapest on his Future of Our World in 50 Years project; and with Mina Al-Oraibi from Iraq on giving a voice to refugees from Syria. Here you see the power of the community and how in just a short period of time you can do so much.