Mujeres d Éxito Assessment Committee

Meet the group of professional leaders chosen to evaluate, select and provide mentoring to our Despegue Empresarial beneficiaries. Our Committee represents the various components any business should have.


Lucienne Gigante
Lucienne Gigante
SVP Marketing, Public Relations and Community
Doral Bank

Lucienne has lead the development and execution of historic and innovative advertising campaigns. She has also developed community programs that have been recognized and praised, locally and internationally, impacting millions of lives and making Doral Bank a leader in the community.

Dervin Cabasa
Dervin Cabassa, CPA
Tax Shareholder
Scherrer Hernández & Co.

Dervine has a BSM and a Master's in Accounting from Tulane University. With 16 years of experience, she is a highly recognized figure and a true authority in the Tax Compliance field, in Puerto Rico and at the Federal level.

María Teresa Szendrey Ramos
María Teresa Szendrey-Ramos
Shareholder
Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C.

María Teresa has worked in this law firm since 1994. Her areas of expertise include copyright law, estates, trusts, professional responsibility and corporate affairs in general. She has excelled in the practice of intellectual property.

Tere Dávila
Tere Dávila
Creative Director
Lopito, Ileana & Howie

Tere wrote her first jingle when she was only six years old (for an ice cream shop) and since then has lived with a passion for creativity. She has been recognized and awarded for her work as a creative director both in Puerto Rico, and the Hispanic market of the United States. She is also a published author and winner of literary contests. Tere holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's in Literary Creation from Sagrado Corazón University.



Eva F. Vázquez Ortíz
Eva F. Vázquez Ortíz
Professor in Entrepeneurship at Sagrado Corazón University
Grupo Guayacán

Grupo Guayacánis a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering high-impact entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico. Through this entity, Eva has helped hundreds of potential entrepreneurs shape their business ideas and to launch more than 20 new companies on the island since 2005. Among her many achievements and accolades, she graduated Summa Cum Laude, with the highest average in her class from Sagrado Corazón University and holds a Masters in International Business from the Universidad Interamericana of PR.



Patricia de la Torre
Patricia de la Torre
Editor
Caras Puerto Rico

Patricia currently works as the Editor of Caras Magazine, Puerto Rico. She achieved great success because of her passion for fashion and her writing. Her charm has attracted the attention of thousands of readers with her "From Venus" column; which inspired her to write her first book "Welcome to Venus" with which she has had the opportunity to establish herself as a published author. She holds a master's in Fashion Retailing from New York University. Patricia is a mother of 2 boys, Andrés and Ignacio, who consider her a "cool mom".



Carla Haeussler Badillo
Cristina Collazo
Co-Founder
Valija Gitana

Cristina holds a BA from Tulane University and over 20 years of experience managing her successful enterprise, Valija Gitana. What started as a kiosk in Plaza Las Americas, is now a 12 store chain in major shopping malls in Puerto Rico. Valija Gitana is a purely Puerto Rican enterprise that employs close to 200 people and is environmentally conscious; their bags are biodegradable, they reuse all their plastic and cardboard and recycle all their electronics.

Desireé Lowry
Desirée Lowry
Entrepreneur


Desiree Lowry proves that the sky is the limit when it comes to creating goals. Her life motto is: "Success does not consist solely on achieving our goals but in obtaining the experience that enriches us in the process." Entrepreneur, model, and Puerto Rican show business and fashion personality, Desiree is one of the most recognizable faces in the local artistic scene.



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