The Chris Voss Show Podcast – Global development executive discusses bridging the gap for vulnerable communities

Global development executive discusses bridging the gap for vulnerable communities

About the Guest(s):

Gretchen Viegas is a global development executive with over 25 years of experience in the field. She specializes in mission-driven, innovative programming for vulnerable communities through partnership development, impact scaling, and revenue growth. For the first 15 years of her career, Gretchen lived and worked in Latin America and East and Southern Africa. In the past decade, she has been forging partnerships between non-profits and for-profits to do business for good. Gretchen is passionate about finding solutions to global challenges and believes in the power of collaboration to create positive change.

Episode Summary:

In this episode of The Chris Voss Show, host Chris Voss interviews Gretchen Viegas, a global development executive with extensive experience in the field. Gretchen shares her insights and experiences working in emerging markets and developing nations, where she focuses on helping vulnerable communities gain access to necessities such as clean water, food, housing, and education. She emphasizes the importance of listening to the needs of the community and working together to find sustainable solutions. Gretchen also discusses the role of for-profit and non-profit partnerships in addressing global challenges and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Key topics discussed in this episode include the impact of poverty, homelessness, and lack of clean water on communities worldwide, the need for collaboration between for-profit and non-profit sectors to address global challenges, the importance of empathy and understanding different cultures, and the role of youth in driving positive change.

Key Takeaways:

Global development is about partnering with vulnerable communities to help them access necessities and improve their quality of life.
Collaboration between for-profit and non-profit sectors is crucial in addressing global challenges and achieving sustainable development goals.
Understanding and empathizing with different cultures is essential for effective global development work.
The youth play a significant role in driving positive change and shaping the future of global development.
Businesses can make a profit while also making a positive impact on society and the environment.

Notable Quotes:

“It’s not about showing up with the answers or with money and resources. It’s about listening to what’s important to the community and being a partner in finding solutions.” – Gretchen Viegas
“We need the for-profits and the innovation and creativity, along with the nonprofit boots on the ground, to come together and solve the big challenges we face.” – Gretchen Viegas