Originally from San Diego, California, Savannah Kelly is a Summer Associate at Grieboski Global Strategies and a rising senior at the University of Richmond. She is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in International Economics and minors in both Business Administration and Spanish.

Most recently, Savannah spent nearly six months studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she immersed herself in the Argentine culture and traditions, becoming (nearly) fluent along the way. While abroad, Savannah took a full course load in Spanish on topics that ranged from Argentina’s 1970s dictatorship to economic history to contemporary Argentine art. Savannah lived with a host family in the heart of the city and cherished her nightly conversations with her host parents over home-cooked milanesas, learning about their experiences living through Argentina’s dictatorship and the economic crisis at the turn of the century.

When she returned to the University of Richmond in the spring, Savannah had the opportunity to take an experiential learning course titled “Doing Business in Latin America.” The course was a semester-long student consulting project where Savannah worked in a team to develop a market entry strategy for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), a major healthcare organization seeking to expand business to Latin America. Savannah developed her research and analysis skills in the areas of historical, political, economic, and demographic factors, ultimately helping to recommend and present a plan of action to UNOS focused on market entry through relationship-building.

During her time at GGS, Savannah has enjoyed opportunities to expand her knowledge on a wide range of international issues through preparing morning news updates, writing research reports, and attending events in Washington D.C. Savannah has listened to presentations on issues such as international religious freedom and the crisis in South Sudan, affording the opportunity to network with other event participants. In the weeks to come at GGS, Savannah is eager to hone her networking skills at these events, as well as gain new perspectives about the political and social complexities our world is currently facing. Above all, Savannah hopes the skills she gains at GGS will help propel her further into a career of international consulting, in which she ultimately hopes to concentrate on Latin American affairs.

At the University of Richmond, Savannah is a member of Tri Delta where she serves as the Integrated Communications Chair in charge of maintaining the chapter’s social media presence. In her spare time, you can find Savannah visiting a new museum in Washington D.C. or daydreaming about California burritos.