María Kaltschmitt



Los Angeles, California

Mentored by:

April Francois


Managing Partner, Zen Interactive Media

María Kaltschmitt co-founded Zen Interactive Media almost five years ago with the vision of creating a new, dynamic and boutique digital agency in Guatemala. At Zen, María is leading the team to differentiate the agency by giving clients a more personalized service tailored to digital industry trends.

María has several years of experience in the advertising and digital industry in Guatemala and has worked with lists of clients, including several multinational companies and local business conglomerates. After graduating in 2006 with a B.A. in advertising from Southern Methodist University, she also went for a specialization program with honors in marketing and sales management from San Francisco University, In 2015 she finished her master ́s degree in corporate communication at IE Business School in Spain.

Maria is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including, but not limited to, the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program from Georgetown University, selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and was named one of Guatemala ́s top 10 Women Entrepreneurs in 2015 by Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Organization. She currently is a Faculty Professor at Universidad Francisco Marroquín and was recently elected as the youngest board member of FUNDESA.

Mentored by:

April Francois

United States of America

Trip: Los Angeles, California