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02/15/2013 01:00 am ET

GPS Guide: Maria Fernanda Gandara's Path To Passion

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Maria Fernanda Gandara believes in the power of passion: "Passion gives us the courage to go in the direction of our goals. When you do things with passion you do things with love. Love what you do and do it with love. To live with passion is a matter of choice." See Gandara's personal path to passion in her GPS Guide below.

GPS Guide: María Fernanda Gándara's Path To Passion

It was in 2010 when Hurricane Alex hit Monterrey that Maria Fernanda Gandara saw the impact she could print on a needy society. She decided to make a career in social development and became the most accomplished student of a program called Leadership for Social and Sustainable Development where she learned methodologies to design and evaluate social impact projects and became a Social Development Consultant. She worked in CSR at Sigma Alimentos and as an answer of Mexico's statistics of childhood obesity she designed and implemented a project that promoted healthy lifestyles in children of low-income communities, the employees of the company are now replicating the final model of the project in different sites.

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