In 2018, I took a sabbatical from work to complete a Post-Graduate certificate program in Social Innovation Management from the Amani Institut in São Paulo, Brazil. 

The unique, field-based program brought together a diverse cohort of 30 individuals from around the world to deepen our understanding about the possibilities and complexities of social innovation work and to develop core professional & leadership skills through practical experiences, consultation and course work in:

  1. Technology for Social Innovation
  2. Mindful Leadership
  3. Creating and Managing a Social Venture
  4. Value Innovation
  5. Gaming for Social Change
  6. Bio-Empathy
  7. Human-Centered Design Thinking

Over the course of 5 months, I had the incredible opportunity to learn about the social innovation sector, explore a city with a thriving innovation culture, apprentice for a B Corp organization and unlock my own entrepreneurial potential and ideas. 

Alongside the coursework, I also got to experience the process of developing and prototyping my own social innovation project, Dirty Louça,  to reduce plastic waste and help the food & festival sector go green.