We are a social impact organization (501c3) founded in 2011. We are about building a better world through conscious leadership development, entrepreneurship and cultural exchange.
Imagine a world where students and professionals could dream big. A world where their impact wouldn’t just be limited to their own neighborhood or city. A world where they thought about the problems of our entire global ecosystem, and actually felt that they had the tools to solve those problems with innovative solutions. THIS IS THE WORLD WE ARE CREATING!
We are here to build the next generation of conscious global leaders by forging economic and cultural bridges between the two biggest economies in the Western Hemisphere: The United States and Brazil.
Mary Gershwin, the Founder of US-Brazil Connect said “I had an opportunity to reflect on two nations I care deeply about. And I asked myself, in this age of global tension, what can I do to promote cross-cultural understanding? Five years later, we have an organization that has impacted more than 5,000 young leaders in Brazil and the US.”
Sérgio Moreira, the Assistant Director of Education and Technology at CNI said “We have examined the impact, and can see clearly that the Conexão Mundo program produces the results that matter for the future of our students, our industries, and our country.”
Now we need your support to take it to the next level. We want to impact thousands more fellows, students and leaders.
The Secret to Our Success is Co-Creation
US-Brazil Connect is unique. We are about bringing organizations and people together to co-create solutions for a better world. True partnership is at the foundation of our work. All the programs, solutions and impact have been created in close collaboration with our Brazilian partner, the Brazilian Confederation of Industry. Over the years, the Brazilian Confederation of Industry has invested $8 million dollars into these co-created solutions. In addition to shared investment, the Conexão Mundo program is designed to benefit both Brazilian students and US-Brazil Connect Fellows. The Conexão Mundo Program is conducted in SESI/SENAI schools which are funded by the Brazilian Confederation of Industry.
Co-creation is not just done at the top level of US-Brazil Connect. Every level of the organization practices co-creation, collaboration and true partnership.
US-Brazil Connect Fellows co-create with Brazilian Students, US-Brazil Connect Team Leaders collaborate with the Brazilian SESI/SENAI schools coordinators, and the leadership of US-Brazil Connect partner with the executives of the Brazilian Confederation of Industry.
We live our values. We value co-created solutions. Co-creation is our competitive advantage.
About Our Partnerships
Brazilian Confederation of Industry (CNI)
The Brazilian Confederation of Industry, also know as CNI, is one of the largest trade associations in the world, with affiliate organizations in 26 states and the Federal District in Brazil. The SESI and SENAI education programs of CNI are funded by a payroll tax. SESI/SENAI operate over 700 technical training schools in Brazil serving 5 million students annually. CNI has invested $8 million into US-Brazil Connect and has been instrumental is co-creating all our solutions.
The United States Embassy
The US Embassy in Brazil has been a strong supporter of US-Brazil Connect. The Embassy provided a generous $45,000 grant for two consecutive years to support the 2015 and 2016 student visit to the United States.
“The U.S. Embassy in Brazil is proud to support the impressive collaborative initiative of US-Brazil Connect. This partnership includes the Brazilian Confederation of Industry, 20 state-level industry associations in Brazil, six U.S. community colleges, and 11 Colorado companies and schools,” said the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde. “This grant is an exciting step forward for US-Brazil Connect. It enables more connections between the U.S. and Brazil while creating opportunities for students who will create innovation in both countries,” states Mary Gershwin, president of US Brazil Connect. “
The Brazil Institute. Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars
The Brazil Institute seeks to foster dialogue on key issues of bilateral concern between Brazil and the United States, advance Washington’s understanding of contemporary Brazilian developments, and promote detailed analysis of Brazil’s public policy. The Brazil Institute is a part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policy-making and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, The Wilson Center is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and supported by both public and private funds.
Community College Consortium
Part of our mission is to provide access to affordable transformative learning experiences. One way we do this is by providing a low-cost international fellowship for community college students. US-Brazil Connect strengthens U.S. community college capacity to participate in high-impact, high-value partnerships with Brazilian institutions. Membership is by invitation.
Recognizing the scale of opportunity in Brazil, the US-Brazil Connect Community College Consortium:
- Models effective community college partnerships with Brazil, attracts ongoing support, and lays the foundation for sustainable community college success through partnerships with Brazil.
- Activates strategic partnerships with key Brazilian institutions, such as the Brazilian Confederation of Industry and the Federal Technical Training System.
- Focuses on students by creating US-Brazil exchange opportunities that meet the unique needs of US community college students.