Meet the Team

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Note from Founder:

Hi ladies, I’m Lisette and I want to take a quick moment to send you this note: The PINC programs are all about creating a real 360-degree experience abroad specifically for young women. One that will challenge and change you! An experience that gives you the perfect taste of language, culture, and career advice while enjoying your time in Spain.

 

 

I started PINC because I’ve lived this experience! I studied, worked and traveled in Spain for five years, and because of that, I’ve developed programs that encompass all those aspects. I’m passionate about giving young women the opportunities for professional and personal growth. And finally, because I believe that empowering and educating young women on an international level is the key to building confident and innovative leaders of the future!

 

 

Come and take this journey with PINC.

Best, Lisette

 

ISAP #19 – CHALLENGES LAUNCHING A NEW INTERNATIONAL ED COMPANY, EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN, & CAREER HACKS WITH LISETTE MIRANDA

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About Lisette Miranda

 

CEO & Founder of PINC International designs and organizes Internship & Immersion Programs to Spain for young women in college. Her mission is to help bridge the gender gap by giving young women a competitive edge on their resume with international experience. Lisette’s programs provide language learning, cultural immersion, career development, and access to executives in various fields. PINC International is the only female-focused program in Spain and has been working with students from over 22+ universities across the United States since 2013. Lisette is a native New Yorker, who is proud of her Hispanic roots and understands the importance of embracing a second language. She lived, worked and studied in Spain for five years, during which she studied and received an MA in Bilingual & Multicultural Education. Lisette has been an active traveler for almost a decade and has visited almost 20 countries.
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Lisette was on the cover of UAlbany’s 30 Under 30 issue, she has been featured in InternQueen.com, GoAbroad.com, and House Hunters International. Lisette is a contributing writer for Condé Nast Traveler Spain, member of Spain U.S. Chamber of Commerce, United Nations Association Southern New York Division, Millennials in Travel, Young Travel Professionals, StepUp (NY) and United Women in Business.

PINC Intern Team Spring 2018


It really does take a village to support a program like this!


Copy Editing Intern: Natalie Hansen

Natalie Hansen is one of our copy editing interns. Natalie is a PINC  alumna of the Winter 2015 immersion trip to Madrid. She recently graduated with a degree in Theatre from Truman State University and is presently enrolled in The Art of Acting in LA to further study Acting! She is actively pursuing a career in stand up comedy.

 


Vanessa Dominguez PINC AcademySpecial Projects Intern: Vanessa Dominguez

Vanessa Dominguez attends Texas A&M University Corpus Christi pursuing a major in Media Studies and a Public Relations minor. She recently studied abroad in the summer of 2017 in Spain with PINC’s 2-week Immersion Program, WHICH WAS AMAZING!!! When she graduates she hopes to move out of state and work for an awesome company in their PR department. Fun fact: Zac Efron liked her comment on an Instagram once (she nearly cried).

 


Creative Content Intern: Sarah Olivo

Sarah Olivo is currently a senior at Baruch College where she will be wrapping up her Journalism major and French and Art History minors this spring. After traveling to Spain with PINC’s inaugural immersion group in the Summer of 2015, Sarah definitely has the hope to continue traveling. She is mostly in it for the food but, you know, the sights are cool, too. One interesting fact about her is that she did not know who Mick Jagger was until she (unintentionally) kicked him out of a restaurant she was working at.

 


Bianca Jeannette Garcia PINCCampus Outreach Intern: Bianca Jeannette Garcia

Bianca Jeannette Garcia is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying the Science of Marketing and Management, with a concentration in Communications and Publications, as well as being a certified entrepreneur. She was a PINC student during Summer 2017. Now her goal is to move back to Spain and work for a company there as a marketing director or to find a job in New York City. One interesting fact about her is that she loves dancing and was once a dancer for UIC and performed on stage in front of hundreds of students.

 


Social Media Intern: Lizbeth Saucedo

Lizbeth Saucedo, who goes by Liz, is a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is majoring in Finance, but might switch to Management with a minor in Finance. Liz works part-time with CIBC helping to provide grants to organizations who serve LMI communities. She also helps organize volunteer opportunities that the bank is involved with. She enjoys traveling and exploring different places! She went to Costa Rica on a service trip with the RoadLess Traveled and is currently working on another service trip to Nicaragua through GIVE. In addition, Liz is going to Spain with PINC in the immersion trip this summer! Going to Spain has always been her #1 goal while in college and she is achieving it way before she expected to. She enjoys watching beauty bloggers, such as iluvsarahii, Desi Perkins, Nazanin, and the list goes on! Liz loves the power social media can have when it pertains to gaining popularity by doing what you love, which is why she will be the Social Media intern with PINC.


Creative Content Intern: Alex Vietor

Alex is a senior at Truman State University, where she will be graduating in May with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in French. She participated in PINC’s Summer 2017 Internship Program, which allowed her to connect with incredible, like-minded women and has inspired her to continue her travels in the future. Fun fact: She enjoys hiking in her free time and has summited in the Pyrenees!

 


 Dynamic Design Intern: Lexie Noyes

Lexie is PINC’s newest Design Intern. She will graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in May 2018 with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Spanish. She has worked on projects for her sorority’s philanthropy events as well as advertising campaigns for companies around St. Louis. When she is not working, she is playing with makeup, dancing, or traveling to new and exciting places!


Copy Editing Intern: Annie Gearhart

Annie Gearhart attends Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville as an International Studies and Spanish major with a minor in Religious Studies. She will be studying abroad in Granada, Spain in the fall of 2018 and hopes to participate in the 8-week internship with PINC in the summer of 2019. She wants to see as much of Europe as possible while abroad so that she can check off her ancestry bucket list by visiting every country that is a part of her heritage.


PINC Board of Advisors


Natasha Mason Kennedy

Founder TtMadrid TEFL & La Aventura Española

With a background in Law (LLB) and Human Resources (Dip. HRM), Natasha started teaching English as a second language in Spain from 2003. Natasha set up TtMadrid in 2005. Her mission has been to create an effective and positive learning platform that not only encompasses the clearly defined parameters to become a TEFL qualified teacher, but also gives her students the confidence to go out into the world and deliver the very best possible teaching experience. Using her experience from TtMadrid, Natasha set up LAE Madrid in 2012 to teach Spanish in a new and innovative way that caters to the individual needs of our students that allows them to achieve far more than they expected, too!


Bruce Jones

President at International TEFL Academy

After traveling the world and living, working and visiting 40 countries Bruce founded one of the largest TEFL certifications schools in the world with over 4,000 annual graduates. He has over 15 years of experience in the international education field including previous experience in international NGO work in the medical education field.


Susan Shapiro

President and CEO of a major U.S.-Canada travel consortium that markets travel projects to agency clients; experienced in development of marketing materials, customer databases, and Web sites. Expert in outbound marketing, strategic alliances, sales, event planning, and public relations.


Amrita Saha

Amrita Saha is a strategic and ROI driven digital marketing professional having six-plus years of experience in areas like customer relationship management, social media strategy, SEO/SEM, key account management, emerging technology risk advisory, project management, sales; in varying fields of technology ( cloud computing, network infrastructure solutions, emerging technologies etc.), across USA, India and APAC region.


PINC Junior Advisory Board


Heidy Rosario

Heidy is interested in changing the world by creating good through business. One of her dreams includes traveling the world for social impact and using her knowledge in business for a purpose beyond a profit.  In 2018, she will be transferring to Florida International University, where she will obtain a B.A. in Marketing and International Business. Heidy is obsessed with the idea of the “process” more than she is her actual goal or destination.  She captures her “process” by documenting her life journey via Youtube in order to see growth in herself and in hopes to one day inspire someone in the world the same way she once was.

 

 


Bianca Jeannette Garcia

Bianca is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying the Science of Marketing and Management with a concentration in Communications and Publications, as well as being a certified Entrepreneur. She is an active member of the university in organizations such as Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority and ALPHA, as well as taking on dancing on the side to relieve stress from her day to day life. Presently she is working with PINC through their externship program. Her role is to manage social media accounts, communicate with potential students about the steps to enroll in the program, and create events on campus. Bianca’s goal is to move to Spain and work for a company as a marketing director or to find a job in her dream city, New York City. One interesting fact about her is she loves to dance. She was once a dancer for UIC and performed on stage in front of hundreds of students. Bianca’s description of PINC in one sentence is: This is what dreams are made of, opportunities are endless and you are your own motivator.


Amanda Price

Passionate about all things technology and travel, Amanda is currently a senior at Columbia University majoring in Political Science and concentrating in Sustainable Development. After her summer in Madrid as a participant in PINC’s 2015 Internship Program, she decided to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied transnationalism and comparative development. She also conducted research about entrepreneurs and technological innovation, a project inspired by her experiences working at startups in New York and Madrid.

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