Maria Hernandez has led innovation and global strategies across a broad spectrum of industries, including IBM where she served as Chief Innovation Officer for IBM and member of IBM’s Corporate Strategy team, driving business development and innovation with IBM’s largest clients in Latin America.
A visionary leader, Maria stood out early in her career at IBM as an evangelist for women in the workplace, creating mentoring programs and molding a culture to support women in technology within IBM. She’s currently Innovation Culture Advisor for companies seeking to harness innovation for employee engagement and talent management.
Maria is the founder of LatinNet, an IBM Hispanic Employee Resource group, and is known for her accomplishments in networking, mentoring and recruiting. She also spearheaded La Red Familiar, a first-of-its-kind virtual network for Latina leaders at IBM. Both women initiatives recognized by IBM Senior Leadership team as best practices within the company.
Following her career at IBM, Maria joined Modernizing Medicine as Senior VP Strategic Development. In this role, she was responsible for leading strategic partnerships and alliances in healthcare technology. Almost immediately, Maria formed Modernizing Medicine’s Women in Innovation and Technology (MMwit) which has proved to be a culture changer in employee engagement and talent management.
Maria is also a founder and President of Madrinas, a non-profit organization for Corporate Latina leaders across the US. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Latino Business Today online magazine, ITWomen, St. Thomas University, and FAU Tech Runway’s Entrepreneur mentor board. Maria has received recognition for being a female role model and is a frequent speaker at women’s conferences and university events.
Maria earned a BA degree in Management Information Systems from Pace University, New York, and has attended extensive sales, technical, and project management education at IBM. She has also received a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.