Claudia Vanessa Siliezar, 2011 iLEAP Fellow, Hondouras
School of Leadership
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Before iLEAP, I wanted to please and comply with everyone; I tried to satisfy everyone except for myself. Through coaching and advising in the program I learned to discover when to manage and listen to that little voice that I have inside. Now, I try to create a balance. When I am very negative, I say to myself: Cut it out! Because this hurts me. I provide effort and all the energy that I can, for the people and for my work. I can’t judge myself so much. It’s really hard! But I do it. Now I can identify it and manage it. Before it was so complicated. I think it was coupled with the fact that I had a lot of fear inside me. Now I demand of myself to have a free life, to meditate, to breathe deeply, to reconsider where I am going, what I am doing. I have experienced difficult situations upon my return, but I was able to do my best because of the weeks that I had with you all in Seattle.
My dream for the future is to continue with the idea to strengthen my school of leadership, I believe in this school of leadership. If it hadn’t been for this school, I wouldn’t be here; I don’t think I would have participated in iLEAP. I want to involve not only my students but more young people, even younger. This country needs young people to have more tools, because above all we are living in a fragile and delicate systems in regards to the violence. My dream is to keep doing the same but better, with the generations of leaders that are engraved at my side, working with more youth and women–lots of women!