We had the good fortune of connecting with Kloey Battista and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kloey, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe calculated risk-taking can cultivate exciting opportunities for growth and emphasize the beauty of failure and imperfection. It is healthy to seek discomfort and take calculated risks in order to challenge ourselves to grow both personally and professionally. The more we can integrate risk-taking into our daily life, the more comfortable we get with failure. Which is a good thing. Framing failure as an opportunity is an imperative part of risk-taking. I personally prioritize taking calculated risks on a daily basis. One way I do so is by challenging the status quo and asking the simple question “why?” Don’t take everything for face value. Dig deeper and question. This is the foundation of risk-taking and impactful change. Progression truly stems from imperfection and failure. For me, founding GirlNow Foundation represents a high risk and high impact global opportunity. GirlNow Foundation is larger than my personal critical growth and learning, it is an opportunity to empower and impact the lives of millions of girls globally. This risk has a large, positive, and measurable impact. In life, we must take risks that embody the progress we want to see in the world. If we fail, we self-correct and turn the failure into a valuable lesson. From this comes growth. You must trust your risks. Invest in them. Love them. At GirlNow Foundation, my co-CEO, Joan Nabatanzi and I founded a sustainable non-profit organization where we focus on economic empowerment for girls through education, entrepreneurship, and innovation in Uganda. Calculated risk encourages us to consistently grow, learn, fail, and evolve. At GirlNow Foundation, we empower women globally to take positive, calculated risks towards their growth, development, and financial empowerment. Join the GirlNow movement today! www.girlnowfoundation.org @girlnowfoundation

What should our readers know about your business?
At GirlNow Foundation, we are different because we leverage a sustainable business model. We are consistently learning every single day: how to improve processes, increase our impact and embrace empathy and storytelling. GirlNow Foundation is a movement to educate and economically empower vulnerable girls to flourish into phenomenal leaders in their communities. GirlNow is focused on advancing girls’ economic opportunities in Uganda so that they can escape early pregnancy, stay in school and learn skills to become financially independent.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
New York City Local Itinerary: Friday – Go get the best Italian food in NYC – Il Posto Accanto in East Village Saturday – Go to Brooklyn and walk around Prospect Park Sunday – Museum hopping around the city

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out Joan Nabatanzi, my incredible co-founder and co-CEO of GirlNow Foundation. Joan’s vision, empathy, strategic thinking, and drive inspires me every single day. She is the brightest, most intelligent young female CEO. It is so special to come together from opposite sides of the world with the same mission: empowering women and girls to attain financial independence. As Joan says, “You see a girl, I see the future.” Huge thanks to Joan and our phenomenal team at GirlNow Uganda. With your hard work, passion, and vision we are able to impact thousands of girls (and counting) in Uganda at GirlNow Foundation!

Website: www.girlnowfoundation.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/girlnowfoundation/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kloeybattista/

Other: www.girlnowfoundation.org/donate

Image Credits
Henry Hume, Jake Standley, Hanna Yamamoto

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