Lucia Leon

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Crea MujerChile

Lucía León has over 15 years of experience in project management and business management. She currently works at Mujeres del Pacifico. Lucía has skills in designing, planning, and implementing initiatives and programs aimed at supporting female entrepreneurship and bridging gaps. Specifically, she has expertise as a consultant in planning and administering projects in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, both in the public and private sectors. Additionally, Lucia has experience in entrepreneurship and developing new businesses across various sectors in Colombia and Chile. Lucía works with multidisciplinary teams and international consultants. Lucíaconsiders herself as highly motivated, eager to learn new things and a reliable individual who is capable of fulfilling my responsibilities and tasks with diligence, self-control, and excellence.

IVLP Impact Award Project: Crea Mujer

"Crea Mujer" has successfully contributed to the economic empowerment of 165 women by providing them with tools and knowledge to start their own businesses and make informed decisions about their careers. Participants learned about accounting, emotional management, the power of mobile devices and time management. The main drivers were associativity, collaboration, and relationships with other entrepreneurs, linking to value chains and the ecosystem, family support, and the valuation of the work of female entrepreneurs, highlighting that "feminine" characteristics are key in the new economy.  The project worked with 165 women with the intention of starting their own businesses or whose ventures were in very early stages and guided them through a series of in-person and virtual sessions. The goal of the project was to decrease the mortality rate of new businesses by bridging knowledge and skills gaps.

Lucía was also a panelist for the IVLP Impact Awards Alumni Discussion Series panel on “Promoting Economic Prosperity” which you can read more about here.

“The program provided us with tools and skills. The workshops were led by women leaders who brought about a positive change for my colleagues and me. Thank you for the support, commitment, and empathy.” – Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Lucía was a participant in the IVLP Project WEAmericas Program: Supporting Women Entrepreneurs, organized by the U.S. Department of State and American Councils for International Education.

Lucía's exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "It is necessary to give more visibility to female entrepreneurs who are fighting to generate changes in society and who seek not only their economic benefit but also to make a lasting impact on lives."

U.S. Communities Visited

Phoenix, AZ; Washington, DC; Cleveland, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; San Antonio, TX

"In my IVLP experience, I reaffirmed that both needs and dreams are universal. No matter where we are, we always want to be changemakers. That's why any action we take in support of women makes a difference." - Lucía León

Country: Chile

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