Josie Vertz, the latest Panigram Resort intern, has arrived in Bangladesh! She will be spending the next 6-9 months developing some of Panigram’s socially responsible initiatives.
Born and raised in Berkeley, California, I did not stray too far from my roots receiving a BA in music, specifically vocal/opera performance, from the University of California, Berkeley. While pursuing my passion for music I stumbled upon the education abroad program; for me the logical place to study was Italy—the birthplace of opera. This immersion experience sparked an interest in an in-depth exploration of culture and it opened up a new passion.
After graduating in 2008, I accepted a position at Salesforce.com, Inc. located in San Francisco. I was impressed by the company’s philanthropic model. During my two year stint in the corporation, I found a home within the humanitarian sphere of the company. I was an active member of the Foundation’s Time Council, a group organized to allocate the funds earmarked for donation and volunteer events. As a member of the committee, I worked directly with outside non-profit organizations to champion and execute community volunteer events. Through this work I cultivated a strong sense of social awareness and a desire to give back.
As my rekindled passion in culture grew and I explored all the places in the world where I might go, I was drawn to Panigram. The images of a lush natural landscape and a company that was fully committed to social responsibility—the improvement of the people and community within the villages surrounding the resort—called to me. This opportunity seemed to satisfy my urge to experience an entirely foreign culture and my desire to contribute to something greater than myself. During my time here I am working on the implementation and expansion of the social initiatives Panigram has envisioned for the local community. Personally, I also hope to explore the musical culture of Bangladesh.
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