As the Executive Director of CET, Gabriela brings inspiration from her own experience growing up as an immigrant in the United States to the Cortex Innovation Community. In addition to running CET’s flagship training program for entrepreneurs, Square One, she is responsible for an array of programs and services to support the entrepreneurs in residence at CET and throughout the St. Louis ecosystem. Through her podcasts, Auténtico and We Live Here Auténtico in collaboration with St. Louis Public Radio, she empowers and showcases bilingual Latinx professionals and small business owners and through her work at the BALSA Foundation she promotes social equity and prosperity
Gabriela has dedicated her career to empowering others to improve their personal and professional well-being through professional and business development. She has been recognized as a thought-leader in social innovation and entrepreneurship and was named one of the Top 100 people to know in St. Louis to succeed in business as well as a Diverse Business Leader in the St. Louis region. She is also an author, a marathon runner, and business owner. Gabriela holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an MBA from Lindenwood University. She is a Diversity Initiative Fellow and just graduated from the 2021 Leadership MO class.