María Benítez

María Benítez


Principal Chief Executive Officer en ConCiencia. Passionate about education, music, gender, creative connections, STEAM, and conscious leadership

I am a woman, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, partner, I am everything I am. My name is María José Benítez Guerra, Ecuadorian, proud of everything that life has given me over time. I love music, I sing opera and I love to sing in choirs, also I was always passionate about mathematics and chemistry that is why I studied engineering, but my commitment remained with education because I firmly believe that with it the social transformation that so much can be built we long for.

I worked in several companies until I discovered education, I have been a teacher for 6 years, and yes, again I remembered what I wanted so much as a student, a quality education, I became the teacher that I would have liked to have, but, have a "Good teacher" enough to have a quality education? It may be, but finally in all this journey I believe that it becomes quality when we can really enjoy it, we can experience it, we can discover it, we can live it, and that is how ConCiencia is born, which I think is the way in which I can involve everything that in a single learning community space to empower women of all ages through conscious leadership and offer them a unique adventure opportunity in science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Why do you want to be a part of the HundrED Community?


I believe in the power of actions that are built in community, I believe in the power of collective work, I believe in sharing experiences, learning, experiences, I believe in the voice of the other, I believe that life is more beautiful if it is together with people who are building in the same way.

How can education support students to flourish?

Education is important for all people because it allows us to go beyond what we see, it allows us to be free, it allows us to create, it allows us to experiment, it allows us to make mistakes and learn from them, it allows us to fight to achieve what we want, that is why education gives them a chance to go as far as their dreams wish.

What role does innovation play in education change?

I think that education has to be transmuted and innovation is the tool for that to happen so that we are able to change with changes