Founded by speaker Marika Meertens and other members of the Boulder New Generations Rotary Club, the Visionaria Network works with young indigenous women  in Peru to become leaders and social innovators in their own lives and communities.

In Spanish, a visionaria is feminine noun that describes someone who has dreams for the future and plans for success with creativity and confidence. This describes both the dedicated people who created the Visionaria Network, as well as the young women they succeed in creating.

Founded by speaker Marika Meertens and other members of the Boulder New Generations Rotary Club, they began with the realization that women and girls who are supposed to benefit from international community development projects are too often left out of the design and implementation of those projects. And on a bus ride through Peru, a concept was created to enable young women to be leaders and social innovators in their own lives and communities, which are often run with machismo mentalities.
  • Visionaria Network offers training and support services for educators and socially driven organizations. Their U.S.- and Peruvian-based staff deliver the Visionaria Empowerment Course tailored to the needs and interests of educators, administrators, and social workers and their youth stakeholders.
  • They also organize and host intensive versions of the Visionaria Empowerment Course, five- to seven-day Visionaria workshops followed by social innovation projects of varying lengths.
  • Each Visionaria program involves a new collaboration among adolescent girls, boys, and community leaders.
The Boulder Rotary Club is proud to have the leadership and foresight to help support BNGRC and this amazing project, though we never dreamed it would turn into the award-winning project it is today.