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Ashley Shoshan
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Ashley Shoshan
 
From childhood, I dreamed of exploring remote places in search of adventure and discovery. I spent most of my college life pursuing endeavors that would benefit third world countries and utilize my business knowledge to make them sustainable. While at San Diego State University, I taught English in rural China, founded a student venture to create opportunity for impoverished women in Bangladesh, and studied Marketing in Australia.

At SDSU I explored subjects from Foreign Relations to Business Management, choosing to major in Business Marketing with a minor in International Studies. On discovering Social Entrepreneurship, I heavily immersed myself in the field.



I spent the 2010 Summer in China interning, teaching English, and writing my International Capstone. Initially in Kunshan, I interned as Marketing Director for a Restaurant and lounge. Later in Beijing, I attended an Asian Studies course at Tsunghua University and partook in the Wang Foundation Summer Service Learning Program that was aimed at alleviating poverty in rural China. I loved the culture, the children, and my surroundings, and wanted to help give them a life of opportunity.



On returning from Asia, I was full of ideas and determination. Together with a professor and three fellow students, I helped found World Entrepreneurs Do Good, a San Diego State University Student-Led Social Venture that created a student opportunity bridge to alleviate economic and social problems of the global poor via application of business skills and knowledge. We developed a business model and marketing plan to provide students financial support for internships with the Grameen Foundation, which globally assists impoverished populations in creating sustainable businesses.

Continuing to seek internships that would broaden my business world understanding, I became an intern at the International Surfing Association, a non-profit organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Federation for all waveriding sports including surfing and bodyboarding. My duties included handling the 2011 Scholarship Program and 2011 Surf Guide. I worked with National Governing Bodies to collect necessary documentation, translated documents, and made applicant profiles for ISA Staff review. I also worked with various advertisers, contributors, and design companies to build the Surf Guide. My experience at ISA taught me how business is conducted on an international level.

After graduation I continued exploring the unknown, seeking not only adventure, but also ways to bring change to impoverished countries. I encountered all walks of life, heard inspirational stories, and wanted to share them globally. I successfully utilized all my social networks plus Couch Surfing and Hostel to stay abroad as long as possible.

Eager to share my travels and encourage others to pursue similar experiences, together with a few friends I began building an online platform that would unite the abroad world. We created a technology-based interactive website/program travel site that enabled our market to acquire relevant knowledge to help users understand what to expect when they go abroad plus utilize resources to connect with the outside world.

My experience and passion for Social Entrepreneurship, the travel industry, and uniting the abroad world, enabled me to develop Made In International, a revenue generating business that creates opportunity for communities worldwide.

My desire to explore cultures and learn from international indigenous communities was the spark that created Made In International. My passion for travel and alleviating global poverty define my dedication to empowering artisans worldwide.



www.madeininternational.com


 
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