Keynote Speaker #7: Karen Visnova


Introduction of Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker #7: Ms. Jennifer Leigh Smith

Keynote Description:

From a very young age, the idea of having a positive impact in peoples’ lives has been very important to me. When I graduated from high school, I did not choose the most philanthropic career, but I got exciting jobs, met a bunch of interesting people, worked on my managerial skills and most importantly, found my real passion. That’s when I came across the University for Peace and the Centre for Executive Education. Through one of their courses, I realized that I needed a career change; so I enrolled in one of their Masters programs. After an amazing year, I did not only end up with a new education but I also got a job doing the one thing that I enjoy: I get to have a positive impact in peoples’ lives!


Karen is the Coordinator for the UPEACE Centre for Executive Education. Before joining the Centre, she worked in the Food and Beverage department of several international hotel chains. She graduated in 2011 from UPEACE’s Master program in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from Florida International University and a Master’s degree in International Hospitality Management from the Swiss Hotel Management School. She was born and raised in Costa Rica, but both her parents are European, reason for which since her childhood, she has been exposed to a multicultural environment. She loves to travel and has a passion for cooking.