We are a non-profit institution that creates value in organizations by promoting female talent and equality in the workplace. We are made up of women and men that committed to civil society, willing to join forces to increase the participation and influence of women in the spheres of decision making environments.
To serve society and organizations via the enhancement of female talent, the promotion of competitiveness and sustainability of corporate governance.
We are a non-profit institution that promotes female empowerment and gender diversity; women and men committed to civil society, willing to join forces to promote female leadership, increase the participation and influence of women decision making in social and economic environments. Woman Forward promotes equality measures in companies that promote female talent and help strengthen the role of women in the workplace.
Legislative programs and proposals
Preparation of legislative proposals aimed at political groups in areas related to equal opportunity and corporate governance.
Scientific Research and Publishing
The Foundation conducts and disseminates scientific studies and research on gender equality and diversity policies, female entrepreneurship, female development and leadership, the gender gap, the technological gender gap, access to top decision-making positions, WoB, corporate governance, among others.
Training and employment
Promotion and awareness
At The Woman Forward Foundation we have created a research committee and a think tank made up of business leaders to study the impact of gender equality in organizations and its contribution to the economy as a whole.
From the think tank we disseminate actions so that companies can benefit from knowledge for their competitiveness, sustainability and level of good governance.
The think tank aims to raise awareness, using scientific research, gathering proposals for the creation of female empowerment and leadership in the company and in particular in the highest decision-making positions.
Directora del departamento de relaciones laborales CEOE
María Jesús Almazar
Consejera Delegada en Telefónica España
Socio Director y fundador de ANGULO BARTUREN Diplomacia corporativa (ABCD)
Vicepresidente de Adolfo Domínguez
Presidenta de la Cámara de Comercio de Madrid
Professor of Strategic Management at Comillas Pontifical University ICAI-ICADE
Founding partner of PROA Comunicación
President of the Entrepreneurs’ Circle
Mario de Gaviria
Business Management Executive
Diversity & Inclusive Leadership Partner at Talengo
Directora General de Llorente y Cuenca
Managing Partner at Eva Levy & Partners
General Manager of Sanofi Spain
Professor at the University of Seville
Senior Partner DLAPiper Spain y Global Co Chair Employment and Pensions DLA Piper. President of Forelab
Chairman & CEO Pfizer Spain
Enrique Sánchez De León
Managing Director of APD
Presidenta del Grupo Red Eléctrica y del Consejo de Administración
Profesora de la Universidad Pontifica Comillas
The Woman Forward Foundation created the 1st Edition of the Corporate Governance and Gender Diversity Awards with the aim of inspiring gender diversity in organisations.
The main objective of the award is to distinguish companies and institutions that have integrated gender diversity within the framework of good corporate governance, and secondly, to obtain the greatest possible social impact creating diversity in the corporate world, institutions and society.
Mirian Izquierdo is a lawyer-economist and holds a Master’s degree in EU Law and Digital Business Management. She also completed a diploma in Board of Directors from Harvard Business School and a diploma in Negotiation from the Karras Group. She speaks 5 languages. She is the author of several books on European issues and international trade, some of them of include the “Business handbook for the European Union” and “The European Union with regard to local and regional authorities”. Furthermore, she has more recently authored books in relation to the creation of value in boards of directors and gender diversity, these include “Equal opportunities, boosting women’s leadership” as well as research published with Professor Huse.
Maryam Luzárraga Monasterio is a lawyer and economist with expertise in strategic planning and business competitiveness, advising start-ups and Business Angel. She developed her professional experience abroad and as partner with large multinational consultancy firms. She holds a Master’s degree in European law and International Trade from the Universities of Deusto, Robert Schumann Unviersity, University of Leuven, Solvay Business School and ESADE.
Paloma Barandiarán is a legal director, practicing trial lawyer, CEO GSG Legal Counsel, specializing in LegalTech and innovation strategies and its application in the legal arena.
She has 16 years of experience in the Courts, knowledge of LegalTech and innovation, extensive training in each legal area, these include; “International Business Law”, “Compliance law”, and “LegalTech”, “civil and criminal procedure” and “labour”.
During her professional career she has developed as an independent lawyer, and in turn as a lawyer for large companies such as Banco Santander, assuming the control and management of external law firms nationwide and taking decisive decisions in legal proceedings that were particularly crutial in the 2011 crisis. She was later hired by the Santalucía Group in its initiative to create an external law firm for the company, in which she provided professional services and knowledge as a litigation lawyer.
She is currently in charge of a large team of lawyers at GSG Legal Counsel, distributed in offices located in Spain, Europe and Latin America, working in all disciplines: civil, commercial, criminal, labour, administrative and LegalTech matters.
Mario de Gaviria holds a degree in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid, was a consultant at Olsen & Baringo Consulting from 1996 to 2000 and worked as a financial analyst focused on international business development, particularly in Mexico.
Carlos Fernández Astiz is a journalist and communications specialist. He holds a PhD in Information Sciences. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Humanities at the UEM and lecturer at various Spanish and foreign universities. He is also the Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Humanities in Madrid. He is a consultant in political and corporate communication for companies in various sectors, as well as political parties, institutions and organizations in their electoral and communication processes.
Mirentxu Aquerreta es licenciada en Administración y Dirección de Empresas. Tiene estudios de postgrado en Finanzas por la Universidad Pontificia de Comillas y en Comunicación Corporativa por la Universidad de Columbia. Ha desarrollado su actividad en firmas de servicios profesionales, dirigiendo áreas de Consultoría Estratégica y Financiera. Igualmente ha sido Directora Financiera y de Auditoría Interna en empresas cotizadas. Actualmente es miembro del consejo de administración de dos compañías, CEO en una de ellas, además de ejercer la consultoría estratégica. En el año 2018 comenzó su docencia en las facultades de Económicas y Derecho de la Universidad Pontificia Comillas, donde imparte la asignatura de Gobierno Corporativo en último curso de grado y en el MBA.
Teresa Serrano es doctora en derecho, actualmente tiene el cargo de Directora del área de asesoramiento y gestión de riesgo de Compliance. Experta en Gobierno Corporativo con amplia experiencia en sectores regulados como el sector financiero. Investigadora de la Cátedra de Mercados Financieros de la Universidad CEU San Pablo y socia del Instituto de Capital Riesgo (INCARI). Además ha sido Co-fundadora de la Asociación Española de Capital Riesgo.
Senior Advisor at PwC Estrategia and Competitividad
Directora digital en TotumGroup
Directora de Compliance e Investigadora de la Cátedra de Mercados Financieros de Universidad CEU San Pablo
Directora de asuntos corporativos y legales en ALTADIS
Jefe de Comercio electrónico y ecommerce en Diario ABC, Fundador de DDigitals
Catedrático de Organización
Profesor Emerito en BI Norwegian Business School
Profesora de Gestión Estratégica en la Universidad Pontifica Comillas ICAI-ICADE
Profesora de la Universidad Pontifica Comillas
Catedrática de la Universidad de Sevilla
Profesora en TBS Barcelona
Profesora asociada del Departamento de Economía y Gestión de la Universidad de Pisa
Profesora asociada en la universidad de Auckland
Founder & CEO of Corporance Asesores de Voto
Chief Executive Officer, Afflelou Spain
Independent Director. Partner of the Council for Innovation and Good Governance (CIBG)
Counselor of Amadeus and Renta4
Development Director of Institute for Positive Change Management (IMm)
Founder & CEO of AUGERE
Territorial Manager of CaixaBank in Castilla y León
Independent Director, Co-director of Sustainability Leadership HUB -IE
Member Partner & Coordinator of APRI ESG Group
Juan Carlos Santé
Founder of Sante and Partners
Managing Partner of Código Media
Founder and CEO of Glocally
Partner Director of People First Executive Search
Presenter of the program Audiencia TVE
Director of Corporate and Legal Affairs at ALTADIS