The 100 most powerful women in Mexico 2021


The following group is not a ranking, but a list that recognizes women who, during the last year, have contributed to the recovery in the corporate, political, social, sports, and artistic sphere.

The 2021 edition of our list The 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico seeks to recognize the work of one hundred women who, leading businesses, representing entire unions or contributing from the scientific, academic, social, artistic or sports front make a difference and make it clear that, in the recovery environment, the advancement of women does not stop.

They are the 100 most powerful women in Mexico in 2021

Michelle Couttolenc
Film Sound Mixer, Oscar Winner

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The Mexican winner of the Oscar for Best Sound in the film “El Sonido del Metal” affirms that “Success means doing what you are passionate about”

Marinela Servitje
Founder Seven Colors

The sociologist, businesswoman, educator and philanthropist, Marianela is the heir to Grupo Bimbo, in addition to choosing the corporate path, she promotes Mexican education, youth and childhood. As a young man, he spent his time helping Otomi Indians.

María Salguero
Creator of the femicide map

Feminist, researcher, data scientist, activist, a specialist in femicides and organized crime, and Geophysicist by profession. The creator of the map of femicide in Mexico is a woman who despite her great charisma, has dedicated her life to naming and tracking victims of femicide in Mexico.

Ana Lucía de la Garza
Director of Epidemiological Operations Research, Ministry of Health

The medical specialist in epidemiology and a doctor in Public Health has dedicated her life since 2019 to be director of Epidemiological Operational Research of the Ministry of Health. As a public servant, she worked in the General Directorate of Epidemiology from 2009 to 2019, being one of the few women in science to reach a managerial position.

Nadine Gasman
Head Inwomen

She is president of the National Institute for Women (INMUJERES) and her work has reached the UN where she has served as a representative of different countries. The politician, activist and doctor has been determined to work for the human rights of women and women of African descent.

Delfina Gómez
Secretary of Public Education

The teacher Delfina is Secretary of Public Education of Mexico, thus being the second woman to reach that position, she was also Municipal President of Texcoco.

Iveth Camila Ortiz
Helped more than 500 people to register to receive the Covid-19 vaccine

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Albia is a town in Torreón with less than 2,000 inhabitants. That was where Iveth Camila, when trying to register her grandparents to receive the vaccine, realized that many older adults could not register, either due to lack of internet connection or because they did not have enough information.

Olga Sánchez Cordero
Secretary of the Interior

She is the first woman to become Secretary of the Interior in Mexico, the also Doctor Honoris Causa by the Autonomous University of Morelos and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, she was the ninth woman in the Supreme Court, thus being one of the most important lawyers from Mexico.

Claudia Sheinbaum
Head of Government of Mexico City

The scientist, politician and writer, winner of the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize, was elected through democracy in search of more public policies in favor of women and to resign the gender alert that was decreed in 2019.

Guadalupe Phillips

In the forum “Women for Equality”, organized by the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), the board of directors of one of the most important engineering companies in the country highlighted that ICA and several areas have a balance of less than 50% of women within the teams.

Galia Borja Gómez
Deputy Governor of the Bank of Mexico

For Galia Borja it is important to recognize that the gender gap in leadership positions is a problem that must be addressed.

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Gina Diez Barroso
CEO DIARQ Holdings

Dalia Empower, the Universidad Centro, the Diarq Diseño y Arquitectura office, are just some of the projects in which Gina Diez has participated as a founder. With more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Diez Barroso is committed to the projects that involve creativity and innovation in Mexico.

Maricarmen Suárez Cue
CEO Bx +

Since 2011, Maricarmen heads the Banco Bx + operation, before assuming this role, the executive was part of companies such as Kraft Foods México, Grupo Industrial Camesa, Banco del Atlántico and Banco Internacional.

Luz Adriana Ramírez
General Director VISA

Since August 2013, she has been the leader of the technology and means of payment company in the country, in addition to having previously worked for almost 18 years at the General Electric firm. It is also important to mention that she serves as vice president of the Executive Council of Global Companies (CEEG).

Melanie Devlyn
CEO of Devlyn Group

In addition to serving as the CEO of Grupo Devlyn, Melanie is also the president of the board of directors of the Mexican visual health company. Throughout her career, the businesswoman has been characterized as one of the main drivers of gender inclusion in companies.

María Asunción Aramburuzavala

According to the Forbes Mexico Millionaires 2021 list, María Asunción Aramburuzavala is the woman with the greatest wealth in the country, bringing together a fortune of just over 5.66 billion dollars. She currently serves as president of the private equity firm Tresalia and the real estate company Abilia.

Kenya Cuevas
Activista, obtained the Medal of Merit for Human Rights Defenders by the Congress of Mexico City

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She is an activist with a shelter project that fights for the rights and empowerment of diverse sex-gender women (LGBT +) in a situation of vulnerability to violence, femicides, hate crimes, discrimination, inequality, among others.

Samantha Ricciardi
Director of Strategic Coverage and Business Development for the EMEA region at BlackRock

After leading the Mexican operations of global investment giant BlackRock for several years, executive Samatha Ricciardi moved to London late last year to take on more global responsibilities for the company. Today his focus is particularly on Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Altagracia Gómez Sierra
President of the Board of Directors of Grupo Minsa

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Since she was 13 years old, Altagracia has been part of the corporate life of the family business in which she grew up and cultivated her professional aspirations. His family owns not only one of the most important corn flour groups in the country, but they also own companies such as Almer, DINA, Mercader Financial, among others.

Karla Siqueiros
General Director of the Chamber of Beer and Malt

Each Mexican drinks 68 liters of beer a year. The production, consumption, and export of this drink have become an activity of great weight for the economy, from her position, Karla Siqueiros creates strategies to position the value of the beer agribusiness in Mexico, as well as its impact on the national economic development.

Alicia Bárcena
Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

He has headed ECLAC since July 2008, during this time, Bárcena has addressed crucial issues for the region, such as inequality, poverty, health systems, and financial stability. She previously served as Under-Secretary-General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff to former Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Ludwika Paleta
Actress, the protagonist of the series Mother there are only two

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Ludwika Paleta is a woman who loves her motherhood but considers it important that the characters of women in film and television can portray profiles that pursue not only sentimental and family fulfillment, but also have professional goals.

María Ariza
General Director of BIVA

Since July 2018, María Ariza became the first woman in Latin America to command a stock market. Previously, he was CEO for five years of the Mexican Association of Private Capital (Amexcap), where he thoroughly addressed the problem that only 2% of investor funding goes to enterprises created by women.

Elisa Carrillo
First dancer of the Berlin Opera

Elisa is the first Mexican to be a prima ballerina, which means that because of her talent and passion she joined one of the most important companies in Europe in this position. The dancer won the Alma de la Danza award in Russia, thus being one of the few foreigners to receive this recognition.

Natalia Lafourcade
Singer, first representative in Mexico of the EQUAL Spotify project

The winner of two Grammy Awards and fourteen Latin Grammy Awards has been called the “beautiful Mexican.” Among nine albums, the artist released Un canto por México Vol. II and inspired by her childhood living in Veracruz, the proceeds from her work will be used to rebuild a son jarocho teaching center.

Claudia Albertina Ruiz Sántiz
Indigenous chef recognized within the 50Next list prepared by The World´s 50 Best

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Claudia comes from the Tzotzil culture and is originally from San Juan Chamula, in the Highlands of Chiapas. Traditional cuisine testifies to recipes that seem simple, but overflow with flavors and stories. 

Valeria Luiselli

The migratory crisis is the axis of the novel Desierto Sonoro, with which the writer won the Dublin Literary Prize. Luiselli has lent his voice to translate in the New York Immigration Court in defense of migrant children from Central America.

Regina Blandón

Nominated for the Ariel Award in the category of best co-acting, Regina has dedicated her life to film, theater and television. The actress has spoken out to defend women’s human rights and promoting self-love and self-care.

Marina de Tavira

Ariel Award winner and Oscar nominee. She has been recognized for her career in film and television. She was the narrator in Blindness, an immersive theater experience that was one of the first stagings in Mexico after the confinement.

Alejandra de la Vega
Owner of the Juárez de Futbol Club

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He studied Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Monterrey and also has studied at the Pan-American Institute for Senior Business Management (IPADE), in Mexico City.

Fernanda Melchor

The author of Hurricane Season, nominated for the International Booker Award, has been listed as one of the writers of the new Latin American boom. His work represents a sharp critique of the various types of violence in the country.

Fernanda Canales

Fernanda Canales was recognized by The New York Times as one of the 10 women who are changing the leadership landscape in the world. He is a member of the Board of the School of Architecture, Art and Design of Tec de Monterrey.

Paz Austin
Director of the Mexican Wine Council

She has a degree in communication. For four years she headed the Mexican Beer Association (Acermex) and, since 2019, she became the director of the Mexican wine council, being the first woman to hold that position.

Maite Ramos
General Director of Alstom in Mexico

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For the executive in charge of the Mayan Train project, it is important that women trust her talent. “The issue of the Mayan Train is an example, the project leader is me, my director of offer is a woman and the commercial director is also, so you realize that we are leading all this,” he highlights.

Sofía Belmar
President of the Mexican Association of Insurance Institutions (AMIS)

For six years, Sofía Belmar was in charge of the management of Metlife in Mexico. In April 2020 she was elected President of AMIS and ratified for 2021. She was recently appointed by Metlife as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Transformation.

Tábata Vilar Villa
Director of Canacine

Tábata has undertaken different projects in coordination with public and private organizations. Among his career highlights his work in the Office of Social and Human Development of the Presidency of the Republic and in the General Directorate of the CFE.

María Amparo Casar
President of Mexicans Against Corruption and Impunity

She is a professor-researcher at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE) since 1979. Analyst, lecturer and political commentator in various media and private and academic organizations.

Tania Ortiz Mena
CEO of IEnova

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Having more women within companies is a business decision. For Tania Ortiz, while the gap is wide, there are opportunities for companies to promote greater inclusion.

Liliana Reyes
CEO Amexcap

86% of global venture capital firms do not have women on their boards of directors. Liliana Reyes leads from Amexcap a joint effort of more than 100 funds to change this reality.

Ana López Mestre
General Director at the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico

She is in charge of directing the body that promotes binational understanding and cooperation. “I think that an essential issue is the creation and promotion of our own collaboration networks between women,” she said in an interview with Forbes Mexico.

Claudia Marquez
CEO Hyundai Mexico

In 2021 Hyundai launched its first electric car and the person in charge of the strategy for this Korean vehicle firm is Claudia Marquez. Before becoming CEO for Hyundai, Marquez worked for brands such as Nissan, Infiniti, and BMW.

Wendy Figueroa
Director of the National Network of Refuges

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After 20 years of work for women’s rights, Wendy today leads an accompaniment network for women victims of violence.

Anasofia Sánchez Juárez
Head of Latam Waze

She is in charge of ensuring that everything is conducted correctly for the app, which, globally, has more than 130 million active users. His background includes experience at Herdez, Bank of America, Facebook, and Google.

Marcela Barreiro
CEO Daimler Mexico

She recently assumed the presidency and leadership of Daimler Trucks México, she is the first Mexican woman to hold this position in the company. Previously, he headed the Human Resources department, in charge of a staff of 8,000 thousand people.

María Eugenia Escobedo
CEO BMW Mexico

He came to the management of the German manufacturer in July 2018, after leading the direction of Sales, Planning, and Operations of the firm. She is the first woman to lead the company in the country.

Clementina Ramírez de Arellano
Legal and Regulatory Director of the Mexican Stock Exchange

After 18 years of experience in the BMV, in 2015, Clementina Ramírez became the person in charge of the legal and regulatory aspects of the main stock market in the country. His story is an example of success since he started on the Stock Exchange providing his social service.

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Luz María Gutiérrez
CEO G500

The executive of the gas station chain considers gender equality a priority since 2019 she has been a member of the International Women’s Forum. Before heading up the G500 operation, he worked for brands such as Petro Seven and the Milano chain.

Gabriela Vargas
CEO Starcom

He has directed Starcom since the end of 2018 and has extensive experience in the advertising field. With a trajectory of more than 25 years of experience, Gabriela Vargas’ career highlights her work at Clear Channel, where she served as General Manager and was in charge of the restructuring of the company.

Sonia Mayra Pérez Tapia
Director of the Bioprocess Development and Research Unit of the National School of Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute

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The researcher belongs to the Consortium of Innovative Scientists in Vaccines led by the Mexican Foreign Ministry, her role has been changing throughout the health emergency and considers that the greatest challenge is technological dependence on the outside.

Sharon Zymann
Director of WarnerMedia

Since last October, she has been the director of Warner Media for Mexico and Colombia and is head of content, alliances and innovation for Latin America.

Diana Olivares
Director Latam Airlines

Diana Olivares has worked at Latam Airlines since 1999, has coordinated sales, and has served clients ranging from Tour Operators to tourism promotion entities in various countries.

Angela Gómez Aiza
President of SAP Mexico

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The tech industry is still ruled by men. However, the aspiration of women and companies is to change the panorama to achieve equality and with it, more benefits for the country, since women tend to spend their income on welfare for families.

Magdalena López Estrada
President and CEO Renault

Since 2010, Magdalena López’s attention has been on Renault’s finances. In this company, she has served as CFO for Mexico and Colombia, as well as sales director for Mexico. He has worked at companies such as Nestle, Gerber, and The Clorox Company.

Luz Elena Jurado
General Manager Volvo and Mack Trucks Mexico

Luz Elena Jurado has worked at Volvo for more than 20 years, her leadership is distinguished by being focused on solving problems, developing businesses, executing strategic thinking and developing teams.

Rosángela Guerra
General Director Lincoln Mexico

For four years, Rosángela Guerra has been in charge of one of the key brands for Ford in the country. The executive has been part of Ford’s ranks for 21 years when she started working for the automaker in Chihuahua.

Yvonne Ochoa
Independent Director

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Yvonne Ochoa is part of some of the most important boards of directors in our country and in the United States, she is a key woman regarding the role of corporate governance within companies.

Verónica Pérez
President of the North Latin America Region for Dow

After 26 years of experience at Dow, Verónica Perez became the new leader of the company in the region, which includes Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador. Other positions she has held have been sales director and director of industrial solutions for Latin America.

Sandra Ramírez
General Manager of Bristol-Myers Squibb in North Hub
(Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela)

In 2005 she joined Bristol-Myers Squibb as Director of the Business Unit in Latin America and Canada. He also headed the firm’s unit in the United States and Colombia. The executive has studied at IPADE and Columbia University.

Cecilia Fallabrino
CEO and founder of UPAX

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For Cecilia Fallabrino, CEO and founder of UPAX, technology has gradually become a sector capable of generating leadership opportunities for women. 

Alexandra Loboda
General Director for Mexico and Central America at Maersk

A graduate of the National Polytechnic Institute, the executive of Russian origin and Mexican nationalized, accumulates 10 years of experience in Maersk, a key company at a time when the global transport and logistics industry has been put to the test.

María Beatriz Escobedo
Chairman Peña Verde

In 2020, Peña Verde’s insurance companies achieved a growth of close to 25% in premiums. The areas in which they specialize are insurance, reinsurance, business support, transformation and management of assets, and financial strategy.

Daniela Cornejo
Founder Sivo

Funded by Y Combinator, fintech Sivo achieved a valuation of $ 100 million in May. The company offers a service to cover debts and was created by Daniela Cornejo (Mexico) and Kate Hiscox (United Kingdom).

Irene Espinosa
Deputy Governor of Banco de México

In January 2018, Espinosa became the first woman on the central bank’s Governing Board. Before that, she served for nine years as Treasurer of the Federation.

Andrea Meza
Miss Universe 2020

She is the third Mexican to obtain the title of Miss Universe. Originally from Chihuahua, the 24-year-old is a computer systems engineer and representative of the Ah Chihuahua tourism promotion campaign.

Tatiana Clouthier
Secretary of Economy

Clouthier has served as Mexico’s Secretary of the Economy since January 2021. She coordinated the presidential campaign of Andrés Manuel López Obrador during the 2018 elections where he won with 53% of the votes.

Blanca Juti
Global President of Corporate Affairs & Engagement, and member of the Executive Committee of the L’Oréal Group

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Blanca Juti is based in France, her work is crucial for the L’Oreal Group, which in the first quarter of the year reported sales of more than 9 billion dollars.

Rosa Icela Rodríguez
Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection

She is the first woman in the history of Mexico to be in charge of public security. The successor of Alfonso Durazo at the head of the SSPC was recognized by the Institute of Women of the Federal District with the Omecíhuatl Medal.

Martha Debayle
Conductor, Founder of Media Marketing Knowledge Group

With more than 30 years of experience in television, radio and magazines, the host and entrepreneur has become an icon of female empowerment. Its social networks alone encompass a community of more than 5 million followers.

Rocío Nahle
Secretary of Energy

She is the second woman in charge of the Ministry of Energy and has devoted herself to studying politics and petrochemical engineering, she was also a federal deputy. Originally from Zacatecas, she is a member of the Latin American and Caribbean Workers’ Energy Studies Institute.

Fabiana Zepeda
Head of the Nursing Area of ​​the Coordination of Comprehensive Second Level Care IMSS

She was president of the Mexican Association for Nursing Research and associate editor of the IMSS Nursing Journal. She is a graduate of IPN and has postgraduate studies in Health Systems Research.

Raquel Buenrostro
Head of the Tax Administration Service (SAT)

She has a history of more than two decades in public service, she has served in the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Public Education, and PEMEX and has been considered one of the most important executive leaders in the country.

Luisa María Alcalde
Secretary of Labor and Social Protection

She has served as a politician and civil servant. He has actively promoted increases to the minimum wage to provide better living conditions for Mexican women.

Karla Berdichevsky
Director General National Center for Gender Equity and Reproductive Health

She has served as a consultant with a gender and human rights approach in different international organizations such as the WHO and the Regional Working Group for the Reduction of Maternal Mortality.

Socorro Flores Liera
First Mexican Judge at the International Criminal Court

The lawyer and diplomat has dedicated her time to be the permanent representative of Mexico before International Organizations based in Geneva. She was also Undersecretary of Foreign Relations for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Victoria Volkova
Activist, model and actress

Victoria is the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Playboy Mexico magazine. He is part of the cast of the movie Sexo Pudor y Lágrimas 2 and recently released his first book “My path to self-love.”

Silvia E. Giorguli Saucedo
President of El Colegio de México

Silvia Giorguli will preside over El Colegio de México until 2025, the institution recently opened its Center for Gender Studies, which will have an interdisciplinary research program that will focus on topics such as violence, virtual spaces and the historical perspective of the feminist movement.

Teresa Ramírez
A raramuri engineer who devised a mechanism to clean water with cempasúchil flowers

Of Tarahumara origin, Teresa Ramírez managed to clean the gray water with marigolds and chrysanthemums. She is a horticultural engineer from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua.

Lourdes Melgar
MIT Researcher, Founder Expert Voice

She has experience as a counselor in companies in the United States and Germany. Specialist in energy issues, Lourdes Melgar seeks to open spaces for women with the Expert Voice initiative, which makes visible experts in predominantly male strategic sectors.

Natalie Vilchis
is part of NASA’s Perseverance mission

Natalie has been the only woman chosen to participate in NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory project. At the age of 21, he has obtained scholarships to continue professionalizing. She studies Mechatronics Engineering with a 90% scholarship from Tec de Monterrey.

Carmen Felix
First Mexican analog astronaut

The space scientist and engineer took off from Culiacán Sinaloa, towards NASA. He has a degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Tec de Monterrey and a master’s degree in Space Sciences from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

Daniela Torres

The 26-year-old athlete from Queretaro will attend the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games to represent Mexico in the marathon, a competition she qualified for in April after achieving a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 55 seconds.

Nuria Diosdado and Joana Jiménez
Synchronized swimming athletes

They form the Mexican duo that will compete in the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2021 in synchronized swimming. Both athletes have been training daily since October for the event to be held later this month.

Alison Hectary González Esquivel
Atlas Player

The Atlas forward was an outstanding footballer in the Guardianes 2021 tournament, becoming the scoring leader of the tournament with 18 annotations. Alison, just 19 years old and originally from Nayarit, is considered one of the Mexican players with the greatest projection.

María del Rosario Espinoza
Taekwondo Athlete

Although she will not attend the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games, María del Rosario Espinoza, considered the greatest Mexican athlete of all time due to the three medals she has obtained, ruled out her retirement from the sport and announced that she will continue to compete.

Kenti Robles
Real Madrid Player

She is the first Mexican player to be part of the Real Madrid women’s squad. Prior to this adventure, the defense was also part of other Iberdrola League teams such as Espanyol, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid.

Anna Raptis
Founder of Amplifica Capital

Leader in investment in startups in Mexico. At Amplifica Capital, Anna primarily seeks to work with companies founded by women or interested in reducing the gender gap. It brings together more than 25 years of experience in this field.

Yasmín Esquivel Mossa
Minister number twelve in the history of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation.

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Yasmín Esquivel is convinced that the Judiciary must include more women, and the same Constitution establishes the norm for gender parity in the spaces of public life, which makes it a clear objective.

Juana Ramírez
President of the ASEM Council

She has served since last year as president of the Council of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Mexico (ASEM), in addition to being the founder of the health company Sohin. She has studies in psychology and a master’s degree in Business Administration.

Valeria Moy
Director-General of IMCO

She is the general director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), a position to which she arrived after heading the research center Mexico, How Are We Going for four years? He previously collaborated for the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV).

Gabriela Siller
Director of Economic and Financial Analysis at Banco Base

She is a doctor of administration with a specialty in finance. Throughout his extensive career, he has given conferences and given various courses in countries such as the United States, Poland and Costa Rica, as well as being a member of the American Finance Association.

Mónica Lugo
Director of Institutional Relations at PRODENSA

He has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. He has collaborated in companies such as BMT Consulting and Euromonitor Internacional, as well as in agencies such as the Ministry of Public Administration (SFP).

Adriana Luna
Winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative 2020

Last year, the microbiologist Adriana Luna, founder of the company Tierra de Monte, became the winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative contest, which highlights women who stand out as agents of change. Luna was recognized for her company’s work in creating biological products for the earth.

Laura Diez Barroso
President of the Board of Directors of Santander and GAP

She is one of the most important business executives in our country, currently, she is president of the boards of directors of Santander and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP). Previously, he was a member of other boards such as Grupo Financiero Inbursa and Telmex.

Laura Cruz
General Director of Mastercard in Mexico

She has been the CEO of Mastercard since August 2019, a position she came to after serving as Vice President of Loyalty Products in Latin America. Among his priorities have been financial inclusion, payment security and the incorporation of technology.

Daniela Villa
Fashion Designer

It has broken into platform catwalks such as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Mexico City. In his career, his collections Borderline, inspired by Tijuana, and Visiones Fugitivas, which takes up the creations of the artist Pedro Friedeberg, stand out.

Regina Granados
CEO Leaseplan

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Regina Granados studied psychology and worked for many years as a human resources manager. It was precisely this part of his career that made him understand the value of people for companies, especially the value of women.

Mónica Aspe
CEO of AT&T in Mexico

On March 10, AT&T decided to officially appoint Mexican Mónica Aspe as its new CEO in the country. The announcement came after the executive continued to direct, on an interim basis, the company’s operations for almost 11 months.

Ana Longoria
General Director of Novartis in Mexico

The executive has developed a large part of her career within the Swiss pharmaceutical company, having joined it since 2005 by participating in its International Career Program. In their hands is the development of just over 1,500 employees.

Angélica Ruiz
President and CEO of BP in Mexico

The executive also assumed, in July of last year, the position of senior vice president for Latin America of BP, in a move that officially integrated her to the global leadership team of the English company.

They lead the recovery in Mexico

Resilience, tenacity, drive. The recovery is powered by executives who are taking more leadership positions in key industries. The challenge continues, but the step of the women does not stop.

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Photos: @ Andrea Gama, Oswaldo Ramírez and Fernando Luna Arce. Design Abraham Solís.

During the pandemic, 13 million women lost their jobs globally. According to Vinícius Pinheiro, ILO Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, this setback erases the progress of the last decade in the inclusion of women in the workplace.

More than 15 months into the state of emergency, many women are struggling to regain their sources of income; however, many others have demonstrated the skills necessary to lead key companies during the most complex period in economic history.

Women like Mónica Aspe, at the head of AT&T, Marcela Barreiro, at Daimler, Verónica Pérez, at Dow, received, in the midst of the contingency, the courier to lead companies in industries that today are pillars of recovery.

In the social field, the efforts have not stopped either. The contingency and confinement exacerbated the incidence of violence against women. Information from the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System shows that, between January and April 2021, 34,270 women were victims of crimes, 60% of them reported malicious injuries.

In this context, the contribution of figures such as Wendy Figueroa, who directs the National Network of Refuges and accompanies women who have experienced processes of violence, is valuable. It also highlights the work of Maria Salguero, who is the creator of the map of femicides and today advises the authorities of Sonora for the attention of violence against women.

Women will be crucial to recovery. But the work that was carried out during the health contingency cannot be ignored, because according to the UN, 79% of the nursing staff in Mexico are women, many of them exposed in the first line of care against Covid-19.

Despite the titanic efforts of health personnel, women in the sector still have gaps to close. In the field of salaries, for example, the report “The remuneration of health personnel in Mexico: between the love of art and weakly rewarded efforts”, by the Belisario Domínguez Institute (of the Senate of the Republic), explains that, although the Nurses require an average of 14 years of training (compared to 18 years in the case of doctors), the salary they receive is 70% lower than that of doctors.

The 2021 edition of our list The 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico seeks to recognize the work of one hundred women who, leading businesses, representing entire unions or contributing from the scientific, academic, social, artistic or sports front make a difference and make it clear that, in the recovery environment, the advancement of women does not stop.


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