Leadership Treks & Social Innovation

Leadership Treks & Social Innovation : Peru, a Millenary and Spiritual Journey

Miraflores, PeruCusco, Peru
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This is an opportunity to be guided in daily reflections on personal and professional goals and for success and fulfillment using the Andes, Inca heritage as a back drop. Volunteer service activities, remote villages, all work together for envisioning a more fulfilling future for everyone.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we can bring Economic Development by delivering Leadership Treks?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Economic Development and poverty.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We are delivering "Leadership Treks" to bring Economic Development to specific areas throughout the Andes and Amazons. These are more than just treks, it is also an opportunity to be guided in daily reflections on personal and professional goals and for success and fulfillment using the Andes, Inca heritage, Machu Picchu, Amazons, Tambopata, Manu as a back drop. This is a magnificent setting for taking stock, renewing ourselves, and developing fresh perspectives on work, life, success, and contribution.


Not Yet, but it took us 1+ year to convince Johnson School of Management to do the trek in Cusco, Peru. We were honored with their presence.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

By delivering Leadership Treks to specific areas of the Andes and the Amazons we bring Globalization into our Country as a way to drive Tourism, Economic Development and Leadership. Just three weeks ago, in our 1st Leadership Trek with 23 Johnson Alumni and 2 Coaches from Cornell Outdoor Education we all visited a Coffee plantation along the Inca's Trial in Cusco. We had a community involvement day with a local family and the goal was to understand their needs so we can come up with ideas/projects in how to bring community and economic development to this area. Each Trek is 7-10 days long and involved up to 25 people.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

For 2016 our goal is to visit and assist local communities like in "Tambopata" in the Amazons where they are struggling due to the diversity of the members. Tambopata has received new people coming from different areas in the last 20 years.. so they need a better "Corporate Government" program that can help with their scalability and sustainability of the town. We want to impact those communities with Community Involvement and practical solutions that can impact positively and improve the standards of their living and working environments. Open the following link in "Chrome Browser" and "Allow" video: http://beta.click-to-video.com/demo/network/video/room/1908

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Our goal for 2016 is to deliver 6 Leadership Treks to Cusco, Huaraz, Tambopata, Manu, Chachapoyas, Puno & Arequipa. We are talking about 7-10 days and up to 25 people each trek. We are selling the idea to Peruvian established Corporations to use our nature as a Lab to promote Leadership, Tourism and work with local communities so we can help with practical solutions to bring more development and reduce poverty in those areas. Some of the solutions will be focus on Corporate Governance, Sustainable and Scalable programs.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We are looking for National Government support and Businesses to be the driving force of this initiative. Each individual and companies pay for the experience. Open the following link in "Chrome Browser" and "Allow" video: http://beta.click-to-video.com/demo/network/video/room/1908

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

In order for us to promote this initiative we want to launch a national campaign directed to Corporations as a way to combine, Training, Education, Leadership, Tourism, Social Innovation & Community involvement and create a better attitude towards social projects and economic development.

Founding Story

After years of working in the Executive Recruiting and Education business I discovered that Outdoor Education and Leadership Treks are a very powerful tool that work together for providing the inspiration for envisioning a more fulfilling future for the trekkers and also a tremendous way to bring economic development into the visited areas.


Enrique Mesones Founder & CEO (49) and Andre Portela, Film Maker (32) are the founders of the Leadership Treks in Peru as a way to bring leadership, economic development and inspiration throughout the country. The vision was conceived a few years ago in New York City when a good friend of mine (who is a celebrity in Peru, Richard Hidalgo) visited me and mentioned his goal of hiking the highest Mountains on Earth without oxygen. He also explain the cross-cultural and spiritual exploration of these Treks and ... right there I saw the opportunity to do that in my home country, Peru.
Please confirm how you heard about the Unilever Awards:

Through Changemakers

Please confirm your role in the initiative (eg Founder/co-Founder) and your organisational title:

Founder & CEO

Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

I have started the New York Chapter for http://ankay.org back in 2012 and participated for the last two years with https://www.facebook.com/kantayaperu to bring more awareness about Education and Social Projects among the Peruvian Society.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

C. CLINTON SIDLE, director of the prestigious Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program in the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a top consultant in strategic change, leadership, executive coaching, and developing human potential. His leadership programs at Cornell and elsewhere have earned national recognition. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, state and local educational systems, and some of the nation’s leading universities and non-profit organizations. Clint is also the author of books: The Leadership Wheel: Five Steps to Achieving Personal and Organizational Greatness (Palgrave Macmillan (2005), and This Hungry Spirit: Your Need for Basic Goodness (Larson Publications (2009).

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