43. Juliana Castro: Working in Pursuit of Gratefulness

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As we embark on our journey into 2018, Juliana Castro has a quality we all could benefit from -- gratitude. As a Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School and the Founder of Hilos de Inclusion, with its first brand WAYA, she is on a critical mission: to show Colombia's beautiful art to the world and to help preserve the Wayúu art and culture. Through it all, she is motivated by creating inclusive environments that promote fair trade, women's economic empowerment, and the timeless handcrafts -- including bags and placemats -- of Colombia's indigenous women. Through it all, Juliana realizes she has a lot to be grateful for, though she is most thankful for and inspired by the 20 artisans working with her and their passion for bringing their community's art to the world. Watch today's interview to see one WAYA's handcrafts (and Matt Scott's reaction!), hear about Juliana's perspective on the Harvard's innovation community, and reflect on her lessons learned in making her vision a reality.

For more on WAYA, visit www.wayaarte.com and follow @wayaarte on Instagram.

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