me

(in a nutshell)

There is nothing I love more than people’s stories: learning about individual aspirations, untangling complex motivations, opening myself up to seeing the world the way others do.

I want my work to result in change that I can see in the world around me. Enter human centered design, which I first encountered while working at a social enterprise in Myanmar to create affordable smart equipment for farmers. In design, I found a way to turn people’s stories into meaningful, impactful solutions.

I want to use the designer’s toolkit—the license to dream, the humility to empathize, the courage to fail in order to succeed—to solve big problems. Convinced that any successful solution must above all be viable, I joined Yale’s MBA program to grow my ability dream up, test and execute innovative business models. 

Do say hi: claudia.sosalazo@yale.edu

Random bits

  • Although born and raised in Venezuela, since I was 18 I have lived in New York, Chiang Mai, Dharamsala, Yangon, and now New Haven. My first language is Spanish, though I’m equally comfortable in English, and speak elementary Thai, as well as intermediate Burmese and French (a little rusty, but still there!).

  • I’m obsessed with the Tibetan concept of saintly madmen. In fact, while in India, I studied with the Dalai Lama and spent two weeks in Bylakuppe researching the ldab-ldob, a kind of warrior monk charged with protecting the ancient monasteries of Lhasa.

  • I love making fermented foods (which are basically delicious science experiments). At one time, I made all my own yogurt, sourdough bread, kimchi, and launched Northern Thailand’s first commercial kombucha company with a good friend. Someday, I want to make barley miso from scratch.

  • I am an enthusiastic dancer, though not always the most coordinated one. One of my favorite moments in life happened when traveling in Southern Myanmar during the Buddhist festival of Thadingyut, when an incredible Burmese lady pulled me into the celebration. We exchanged few words, but it was one of the most joyful conversations I’ve ever had, and you can watch a short, blurry clip of me trying to keep up with her dance moves here.   

  • I am also a yoga teacher, and am currently teaching classes at Yale to raise money for students pursuing social impact summer opportunities through our Internship Fund

At the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala, India

At the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala, India