LatinasAchieve Mentor Spotlight
Maria Del Pilar Montes
LatinasAchieve! [LA]: What is your Professional Title/Position?
Maria Montes [MM]: Director of Boards
and Commissions, City of Houston
LA: Tell us about your Educational Background:
MM: I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication
Studies from Hollins University in 2009 and a Master of Business Administration
from the University of Houston-Downtown in 2017
LA: What is your involvement with Latinas
MM: I am currently a Latinas Achieve mentor
LA: What has been your most memorable/rewarding
experience as a Latinas Achieve! mentor so far?
MM: Getting to meet
current students at UHD and just answering their questions.
LA: What do you love most about your current
MM: I love that I get to find talented individuals
from diverse backgrounds to present to the mayor for board appointments.
Although they may not always be selected, I enjoy meeting new people and
learning about their cool jobs. It is certainly rewarding to see someone get
appointed and be excited about it. What I do is beyond me, and I like that.
LA: What role has mentorship played in your career
MM: Believe me, no one can do this role alone. I
have mentors I reach out to, I also work with various chamber of commerce
boards. I can’t possibly know everyone in this city, so I go to others with
large networks to find talent.
LA: What would you
like to see change in your profession/community in the future?
MM: I would love for
women to stop doubting themselves and say “why not me”? I have encountered this
in my role and I am still shocked. I guess often times others see greatness in
us that we don’t see ourselves. I want our future Latinas to be bold and
LA: Are there currently any opportunities
available in your profession for students?
MM: Students are always welcomed to intern in my