FeMale Think Tank
Patricia M. Montesinos
Board Member, Co-Founder and President
I am passionate about empowering women and girls, and men committed to supporting women. I bring a strong understanding of the challenges that women founders face to access finance, and also a deep knowledge about the investor decision making process when it comes to gender. My knowledge is not just about the pure due diligence process but also about how unconscious bias may affect the decision to invest or not to invest in a business.
Local based but acting globally, I love cultural exchange and also try to make sure that there is a clear delineation between my roles and mandates. I like to build long term relationships that create value, and establish collaborations and alliances with different institutions.
Board Member, Co-Founder, and Head of Membership
My mission with FE+MALE ThinkTank is personal and begins with my four nieces. For them and ultimately for every young girl, I want to untackle unconscious biases, remove obstacles towards women, and ultimately create a world where everyone lives within their truest version of themselves.
My passion goes to see beyond the obvious, so I always start with the question Why? Why did processes, people or systems develop to a certain stage? After that I can move into action towards the solution.
Maria Luisa Fuchs
Board Member and Head of Research
It is proven that diversity promotes innovation and boost economic and team performance in companies in different verticals. My ideal is to support FE+MALE ThinkTank with know-how and network, to create projects that challenge and improve business performance by fostering diversity.
Board Member and Head of Marketing and Communication
I am a visionary by my DNA and a marketeer by education. Since I have my own little family, I care even more about what world we will leave our kids. Having worked as an marketing allrounder at several international companies and highly dynamic early-stage startups, I personally experienced the challenges of being a young mother that is trying to balance job, and family and the feeling of sometimes not succeeding with either one. I want to help enlighten professionals when it comes to the unconscious biases towards working moms, and the real challenges and advantages such co-workers are bringing to the team. I want to inspire other mothers to feel confident about themselves at work, and young women as well as employers to see career and family not as opposites, but two goals in the same direction. For me this is a major step on our mission towards a more diverse working place.
Board Member and Head of Diversity
“Since teaching during my PhD in physics, supporting people in their development has always been one of the most rewarding activities for me. I have since switched to the corporate environment and more recently became an entrepreneur myself, but the satisfaction derived from seeing colleagues develop and achieve their goals has not changed. A more just and fair society in which individuals reach their full potential can only be achieved with the empowerment of women in entrepreneurship and total gender equality. I am very happy to be part of this initiative and to contribute to getting us all closer to that ideal world.”
Board Member and Executive Secretary
My wide experience throughout my studies in mechanical engineering and MBA has always opened my eyes to the importance of diversity. I am passionate about innovation and sustainability and challenging existing design practices to create new circular products. I love breaking the ceiling, especially when women’s empowerment is at stake.