Ellevate Network Announces New Chief Executive Officer
Ellevate Network, the leading network for women+, has announced that Maricella Herrera has been named new Chief Executive Officer. Kristy Wallace, who has been Ellevate Network’s Chief Executive Officer for over eight years will be transitioning out of the company.
Maricella Herrera takes the Chief Executive Officer role with 10 years on the Ellevate Network team, most recently serving as Vice President, Operations & Strategy since September 2018. Her prior roles at Ellevate Network include Director of Global Membership and Senior Director of Operations and Strategy. Maricella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management from Tecnológico de Monterrey, as well as an MBA from Columbia Business School.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to continue to build a community that wants to reshape business and make work more inclusive and equitable. I truly believe in Ellevate’s mission of giving everyone full and equal access to power,” said Maricella. “By creating safe spaces for women to support each other, we can strengthen our collective voice to create change in the world.”
Kristy Wallace said “During my eight plus years at the helm of Ellevate Network, I learned many valuable lessons about creating a culture of collaboration, innovating for the future, leading through change, and vulnerability in leadership.” She continues, “as I learned these lessons, I was never alone. I can’t express the deep and profound impact of the Ellevate community on my life, my career, and my future. I will forever lean into this community for I’ve seen first hand that we never succeed on our own.”
Kristy continued, “as I now move on to my next endeavor, I know that Maricella is poised to move into the CEO role and lead Ellevate towards the future.”
Allison Matejczyk, Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships at Ellevate Network said, “Maricella is an incredible leader that is deeply passionate about creating a culture of equity and inclusion, advancing underrepresented populations and making the world a more equal place.”
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About Ellevate Network
Founded in 1997 as 85 Broads, Ellevate Network is the largest community of women+ at work. A powerful coalition of ambitious and supportive women who believe there is strength in numbers, Ellevate is built on the premise of showing up for each other, helping everyone — no matter their background or aspirations — build a career they love, and mobilizing the collective power of women to change the culture of business. Ellevate also works with companies committed to diversity and inclusion and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.