Thanks for tuning into the VIH Women in Global Leadership Podcast!
The Vira I. Heinz Women in Global Leadership podcast is a media outlet that gives current and alumni Vira’s the opportunity to express how the program has shaped their leadership, mentorship skills, enhance global understanding, and think globally while acting locally through community service. This audio recorded series hopes to enlighten, encourage and educate women on a variety of topics that are explored during program such as language, preparational skills for an international experiences, constructive criticism, and working in groups.
A Vira’s journey is unique; not only do they discuss their first international experience but also share their internal growth that occurs during the spring and fall retreats. Through a Vira’s journey, each individual gains a sense of self, confidence, and cultural understanding. This podcast is a resource for current and past cohorts to reconnect with Vira’s that may share similar interests and/or have explored the same country.
Every Vira has a story to share and this is the platform to showcase them!
About the Host:
Natalie Vazquez, a Chatham University alumna and member of the 2011 cohort interviews with special guest from the VIH alumni community. In 2014, Natalie completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology at Chatham University. She now uses her experience in video production to produce podcasts that highlight women in global leadership within the VIH program. When she’s not hosting an episode, Natalie takes on the role as Video Production Specialist and Multimedia Designer for the IDEA Lab within for the Institute for Clinical Research at the University of Pittsburgh.
Natalie's passion for international exploration all began when she ventured to Alicante, Spain through the VIH Program back in 2011. During her time in Spain, she attended the Universitat d’Alacant where she improved her Spanish speaking skills and practiced flamenco dancing. Since her VIH experience, she's had the opportunity to explore Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Puerto Rico and Italy. Upon returning to the states from Italy, Natalie had the desire to reconnect with the VIH community with the hopes to inspire and learn through other Vira experiences.