Dr. Blanca Heredia sits down with Angelica Ocampo to discuss her program, Talentum, and the impact it is making on students from Mexico and the relationship between the United States and Mexico. The Talentum program is two-fold. First, it identifies young, talented undergraduate students from all over Mexico. Out of the 14,000 applicants, 60 are selected to participate in leadership programs in Mexico City as well as a program abroad. This year, the Talentum students visited Pittsburgh in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Through these programs in Mexico and abroad, Talentum aims to provide their naturally talented students with the leadership skills necessary to become successful individually and successfully impact their communities. In this episode the two discuss the program, the students’ visit with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, and the possibility of coming back to Pittsburgh next year.
Dr. Blanca Heredia is currently a professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City and Founding Partner at BHR Consultores. She was the former Provost at CIDE from 1996 to 2004, Director of the Centro para el Desarrollo Democratico (Federal Electoral Institute (2005); Dean of the College and Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the American University of Paric (2005-2007); OECD’s representative for Latin America based in Mexico (2007-2009); and Comisionada para el Desarrollo Politico in the Secretaria de Gobernacion (2009-2010). She has acted as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD) among others. Dr. Heredia is a board member in numerous institutions including the U.S. –Mexico Commission for Education and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS), the Coalicion Ciudadana por la Educacion, and Causa en Comun.
University of Pittsburgh Honors College Article about Talentum: http://www.honorscollege.pitt.edu/mexicos-talentum-group-visits-uhcs-brackenridge-research-seminar
Talentum Facebook page: https://es-la.facebook.com/mxtalentum/