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Kristin Van Busum is the CEO/Founder of Project Alianza, an education initiative founded in Nicaragua that upskills local women as community educators to transform education and create generational change from within communities. Under her leadership, Project Alianza has built fifteen schools and provided education 20K+ children who would otherwise lack consistent access to education. The initiative was selected as one of ten of world-changing ideas in the MassChallenge Accelerator and a winner of MIT Solve for creating radio-learning programs for out-of-school children. Kristin is a Forbes Next1000 Entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, a Fulbright Scholar, NYU Alumni Changemaker, and has been featured in the Boston Globe, and on CBS, NBC, and Comcast Newsmakers. She is an instructor for MBA candidates at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and coaches diverse leaders on communication and public speaking. She is a proud dog mom, loves spending time with her family, connecting with nature, and traveling to unique corners of the world.