Innovation and Inclusion in the Americas
Innovative practices to promote total inclusion for people with disabilities are strong drivers of development in other areas.
María Catalina Saieh Guzmán
María Catalina Saieh is Vice Chairman of CorpGroup Holding, an important economic group with a relevant presence in Communications, Retail, Finance, Hotels, and Real Estate. After finishing her MBA at the Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago, Catalina took on strategic positions in many of CorpGroup’s companies, while also accepting an active role in the governance of her family’s foundations.
Fundación CorpArtes, the cultural Foundation her family founded 17 years ago to promote diverse cultural activities that encourage new reflections and discussions within society; Fundación Aprendamos and Fundación Descúbreme, which focus on the education and total inclusion of people with cognitive disabilities.
Her motivation and leadership skills have helped her become a true advocate for the arts and the elimination of all barriers that prevent our society from being a more inclusive one. She currently is a member of the Board of Directors of The Shed, the SMART Museum of the University of Chicago, and the Latin American Initiative of the MET; as well as, being Director of the Chilean Federation of Industry (SOFOFA); Executive Committee member of the Inter American Press Association and board member of the Chilean Association of Family Business (AEF).
Catalina has a BA in English Literature and a MA in Literature, both from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Robert Ivanschitz is the Associate General Counsel for Microsoft Latin America, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is responsible for legal, corporate, government, and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean regions, supporting Microsoft business in 46 countries. In 2015, Robert joined Microsoft Latin America from Microsoft Middle East and Africa (MEA), where he was the Assistant General Counsel and Head of Legal since 2011. In such capacity, Robert was responsible for supporting and coordinating the regional legal, corporate affairs, corporate responsibility, and digital integrity in all 9 subsidiaries, over 79 countries part of Microsoft’s MEA region.
Partnerships for Reskilling in the Americas
Re-skilling and up-skilling initiatives have become vital in helping the most vulnerable populations to achieve more and better economic opportunities. However, to accomplish this, organizations, the private and public sector, and academia must partner up to make this possible across the hemisphere.
Digital Citizenship and the Future of Work in the Americas
In recent months we have seen trends that we thought would take years to normalize as the new standard. This conversation will discuss what we need to do as organizations and as individuals to stay professionally current and adapt in times of unprecedented digital acceleration.
Family and Early Childhood Development
Early childhood is decisive in the development of people's lives. How do we do so that in the turbulent world that we are in, we do not lose focus on this transcendent stage? In this conversation, Eva Fernández Garza, Fundación FEMSA's Early Childhood Manager, together with Mauricio Doehner, a member of our board of directors, will touch on topics such as education, family, and examples of resilience in the new normal.
Philanthropy is for everyone
Most philanthropists aren't famous. Patricia Villela Marino, President of the Humanitas360 Institute, a non-profit organization working to reduce violence and improve the quality of life of the people holds a conversation with Kim Meredith, the newest member of the Board of The Trust for the Americas. We hope the conversation will inspire people from all walks of life to take meaningful action to drive structural change in the Hemisphere.