Maria Hernandez
DHL Express, Head of Innovation and Digital Business

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Maria Hernandez is  Head of Innovation and Digital Business at DHL Express incubating ideas and driving innovative solutions within the logistics industry. Prior to this role, Maria was Chief Innovation Officer for IBM where she was a visionary leader and evangelist in driving innovation with IBM’s largest clients in Latin America opening doors to new business and increasing client satisfaction through emerging technologies and solutions. After IBM, Maria joined a fast growing Healthcare IT startup as SVP of Strategic Development. She drove a strategic partnership between IBM and Modernizing Medicine pioneering artificial intelligence. Maria has also been the founder and CEO of her consulting firm where she worked with teams and individuals to unleash a culture of innovation in organizations.  She has expanded her leadership into the entrepreneurial space by launching StartupFlorida as one of the first States to be part of the StartupAmerica initiative bringing together the private sector, incubators, investors, and other organizations to support entrepreneurs who leverage technology to drive innovation.  She was also the thought leader and catalyst within the So. Florida entrepreneurial ecosystem to conduct the first IBM Smart Camp event for Healthcare in Miami aimed at identifying early stage entrepreneurs who align with IBM’s Smarter Healthcare vision. Given her entrepreneurial accomplishments, Maria was selected as a core team member of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge team in Malaga, Spain working with the City government and other key stakeholders to recommend best practices and ideas to drive economic development and job growth through entrepreneurship. Maria’s entrepreneurial ability coupled with her cross-IBM experience has given her the experience to lead teams and organizations to develop breakthrough ideas, solutions, and technologies across global markets. Maria is the founder of Madrinas, a first of its kind virtual network and non-profit organization for Corporate Latina leaders with a track record of accomplishments in networking and mentoring. Maria has received recognition for being a Latina role model and is a frequent speaker at women conferences and university events.

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