Maria Garcia Holley

MarĂ­a is currently Programme Manager for Creative Economies and Social Enteprise at British Council Mexico. She is in charge of shaping and delivering the first holistic impact programme between the areas of Arts and Society engaging directly with young creators, cultural leaders and public servants. Previously she directed the Creative City Strategy at Laboratorio para la Ciudad, Mexico City's Government Experimental Area.

How the Fellowship impacted me

Clore has completely changed the idea I had of leadership before the fellowship, actually, it has changed my whole life. It really built my personal skills, the importance of understanding my own vision of leadership and review the complexity the cultural and creative sector globally and made me feel proud of working in it. Clore made me a stronger and empowered women, capable of having international conversations and reflections with empathy, respect and mindfullness. Clore has been paramount in my personal and professional life.

How I am using my skills for change

I am currently conceptualizing and developping "Creative Collective" the Creative Economies and Social Enterprise Strategy for the British Council Mexico. Creative Collective is a three year programme which seeks to strengthen the capacities of social/ creative agents at three different levels:
> young social/ creative actors,
> established social/ creative leaders and
> public servants working with social/ creative public programmes
so that social and creative enterprises, projects and policies work together to make a greater contribution to sustainable growth in Mexico.
Clore has been paramount of understanding the importance of leadership training and has made think of this strand as a very important part of the programme and my personal vision.