Meet Gates Millennium Scholar x Entrepreneur: Leandra de Labastida, GMS 2005

Meet Leandra de Labastida, Gates Millennium Scholar, Class of 2005

Social Agenda Co.


Leandra de Labastida  is a Project Manager by trade and an event planner by passion. She believes in creating weddings and events that become memorable experiences.  Her passion for event planning began while she was attending college in San Francisco, CA, where she learned to coordinate social gatherings and campus-wide events that became staples in the community.

After college, Leandra moved to Atlanta, GA where she began planning countless fundraising events for charity. Events that included Galas, Walk/Runs, Radiothons, amongst many other social events.


GMS: Tell us about Social Event Co.?

Leandra: We offer a wide variety of event planning services in the Atlanta area. Our main goal is to relieve the stress of planning and allow you to enjoy your special day. With our ample experience and resources, we can craft the perfect event for any occasion.

GMS:  What inspired you to create Social Event Co.?

Leandra: I always enjoyed the event planning process, what others find stressful, I find fascinating. Event Planning is a skill that everyone needs but not everyone possesses.

GMS: Please tell us (related to your business) how the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program directly or indirectly had a part in your path to being an entrepreneur:

Leandra: GMSP allowed me to get out of my comfort zone in college, it gave me the opportunities to socialize with a lot of groups. This allowed me to expand my skill in event planning and to discover that I had a rare talent.

GMS: What advice would you give to other Gates Millennium Scholars who have aspirations to become an entrepreneur?

Leandra: There is never a right time to start a business. Just do it.

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