Globally recognized expert relationship builder, strategist, and architect of multicultural workforce initiatives, Pilar Mendiola Fernandez, leaves The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) to found and lead Matter & Company and join The Advanced Leadership Foundation’s Board.
Form more than two decades, Pilar has forged formidable partnerships with foreign governments and international corporations and foundations to support their mission-driven objectives through the design and execution of professional training programs. These programs provided professional opportunities in Washington, D.C. to thousands of international participants from all over the globe. Pilar is also known for her impeccable crisis management skills and for building and managing high-performance teams.
Under Pilar’s leadership as TWC’s Chief International Officer and Senior Vice President, she fostered the launch of over 30 customized professional training programs, including the NAFTA Leaders Internship Program sponsored by 20 Fortune 100 Companies, the Governor’s Internship Program sponsored by Governors in Mexico, The Women Empowerment Seminar for the 21st Century, The Boeing China- US bilateral Initiative, The Global Citizens Initiative for Asia and Latin America and The Veteran’s Employment Trajectory Initiative sponsored by the Prudential Foundation to name a few.
Over the years, she has been recognized by different institutions from the public and private sectors. The Advanced Leadership Foundation created the Pilar Mendiola Fernandez Women’s Empowerment Scholarship in her honor in 2017. The Washington Center also launched the Pilar Mendiola Fernandez Scholarship for International students to honor her in 2018.
As the President and Co-Founder of Matter & Co, LLC, Pilar partners with corporations, leaders from the public and private sectors and public figures to establish high impact, international and national positioning strategies. The company aids individuals to maximize their influence, brand, and resources to advance the goals and causes that are important to them. Matter & Co. offers services such as strategic positioning, design, and execution of Legacy Branding programs, strategic interventions, crisis management of reputation and brand, customized training platforms and the design and execution of high-end events.
Pilar is also a sought-after speaker on the topics of cultural diversity in workforce development, global competencies, women empowerment, and executive management. Pilar is a celebrated mentor, advocate for women’s empowerment in the workforce and certified Integrative Wellness and Executive Coach.
Pilar will be bringing her expertise, passion, and experience to the Advanced Leadership Foundation Board of Directors and lead the Foundation’s Strategic Plan 2019-2024 and support and advice the Foundation’s Global Educational and Leadership Initiatives.