Jun 17

Launching 3 Startups in 1 Year

After 2 years of banking and finance, I took a leap of faith and headed to Dubai to study International Business. During this time I launched a startup and 2 Dubai city wide organizations. All three entities reflect my personal passions. I launched Vended International to connect street vendors from rural villages/slums to the digital …

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Jun 17

My Carmen Diego Travels Moves to Belle Femme

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Announcement  My Carmen Sandiego (CS Initials for Christine Souffrant) Travels Will be moving to Belle Femme Diaries. In an effort to concentrate all of my efforts in one blog, I am transferring my work over. The content style will still be different. The series will be highlighted in a separate tap under CS Travels. Thanks …

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Jun 12

My Experience in World Cup South Africa 2010 & Brazil 2014

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  In 2010, I experienced the World Cup for the first time. Fifa World Cup came to the African continent for the first time in history and South Africa made it a summer to remember! I came to South Africa to Intern at the Amy Biehl Foundation, an NGO that was created to offer sports programs …

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Jun 11

Some Cool Quotes to Have In Mind

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  Your life is the physical manifestation of the thoughts that go on in your head…(The Secret) Your interests are part of a pattern inside you …something important in you that needs to be understood and expressed (book) And she told me I was like water. When trapped, water makes a new path (memoirs of …

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Jun 11

Balancing Passion with Reality

  What excites you? If the opinion of your guardians was not a factor and peer pressure didn’t exist, what would you go for? Would you study the structure of dandelions in the United States or travel to places you’ve never been to make a difference? We all have quotes lining our walls from the …

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Jun 10

My Encounter with the Co-Founder of Gulf Elite Magazine

  In the past, the members of society who made history were our monarchs, governments and renaissance inventors. Yet in this day and age, the history makers are the entrepreneurs with a bold aspiration to make their mark on the world. What’s more inspiring, is that the younger they are, the bolder their approach. A …

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Jun 09

The Top Inspirational Quote Shares

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  I am a huge fan of quotes and proverbs. The best messages in my opinion, are always captured in few words. Below are my favorite Facebook quote shares and status posts that I shared during my times of hardship and triumph.

Jun 09

How I Joined the Clinton Global Initiative

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I first heard of the Clinton Global Initiative through my experiences with the Hult Prize. CGI is a partner with the Hult Prize and in pursuing platforms to scale out my social enterprise, I applied for  the 2014 edition of CGI University. I applied the night before the deadline even though knew it was an …

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Jun 08

Introducing the Founder of India’s Billion Dollar Company

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  First, lets get some background on how Kiran Shaw got to speak at Hult. Hult’s Visionary Speaker Series is a series of exclusive events featuring thought-leaders from across the world sharing their success stories and insights on what it takes to turn an idea into reality and bring about breakthrough innovation. So for the 2013-2014 academic year, …

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Jun 08

Why I Collected Plastic in Dubai Deserts

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On November 13, 2013, members of the Rotary and Rotaract network of Dubai got together to collect plastics within the local deserts of Dubai. It was an amazing experience because not only did we do something good for the community but we also learned alot about the level of plastic disposal within the area. At …

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Jun 08

Meeting MC Hammer & Founder of LinkedIn in Silicon Valley

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In February I traveled from Dubai to Silicon Valley to attend the infamous Startup Grind summit. The event was amazing! I got to meet my fellow Startup Grind Chapter directors and connect with speakers and attendees at the event. Some of the best take away quotes and moments are highlighted below!   With Mary Grove, …

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Jun 08

My Experience with the Hult Prize

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http://www.hultprize.org/ The Hult Prize Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to launching the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs. It encourages the world’s brightest business minds to compete in teams to solve the planet’s biggest challenges with innovative ideas for sustainable start-up enterprises. Annual Hult Prize winners can make their ideas reality with the help …

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Jun 08

How to Build a Network in 6 Months-Dubai, UAE

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  Its 7 a.m. and the water is running, breakfast is simmering, and bags are packed for an eventful day. For some, free time is allocated to catching tans at the beach or grabbing drinks at “Baratsi[GB1] ”, a local beach bar in Dubai. For others, it’s another opportunity to experience the Dubai cultural community outside …

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Jun 08

Why I Went Natural- Havana Twists

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  Okay okay okay-since i get too many questions about this I will address it now. So my hair journey like many black women has been diverse to say the least! As I went through the motions each month for new hairstyles, I soon realize the damage I was having on my hair. But like …

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Jun 08

Inspirational Quotes for the Mind and Soul

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Inspirational Quotes for the Mind and Soul         Life is a promise; fulfil it. – Mother Teresa Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. – Leo Buscaglia Nurture your mind with great thoughts.-Benjamin Disreali We do not chose to be born. We do …

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