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MEXICO - Finance

Karina Ojeda Valle

President, Mujeres Invirtiendo (MI)

Bio

Karina Ojeda Valle is a financial lawyer committed to promoting the professional growth of women in the private equity industry in Mexico and is one of the founders and current President of Mujeres Invirtiendo. She is also dedicated to structuring financial transactions at Capital Indigo, an investment fund focused on private debt in Mexico. She has worked on structured finance transactions in both the public and private markets in Mexico and the US. Ojeda Valle is a certified compliance officer from the National Banking and Securities Commission. She studied law at Universidad Anáhuac and a holds a specialty in banking and securities law from ITAM.

"We have grown significantly and increased our exposure since the last time we talked on May 2022."
MI has developed a professional and cooperative community that has made great strides in pursing personal and professional success for women in the workplace.
What have been the main achievements of Mujeres Invirtiendo over the past year?

We have grown significantly and increased our exposure since the last time we talked on May 2022. We have increased our presence in the private and venture capital arena, and other parts of the financial sector. That has been our biggest achievement, as many more people now know what we do, which is to get more women involved in key positions in the private and venture capital industry. We now have over 420 female members in our community, Comunidad MI, a large number considering the size of this industry in Mexico. Also, we have grown regionally, with female members from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, the US, and Venezuela. As well, we attempted to regroup and realized we needed further institutionalization to set us up for the future. We want MI to continue long into the future, as the ultimate goal is a world where women are on an equal footing in terms of rights. We have been establishing foundations to allow us to grow and expand and run like a company in the future. Even though it is an NGO, we take issues like corporate governance and the vision seriously and have a business plan. We have been growing and increasing our visibility. We have set an onboarding process to be part of Comunidad MI, and the only requirement is to be a woman and be a professional in investments, regardless of whether they are in a VC fund, an angel investor, or even a bank. The networking and flow of deals have been useful in launching initiatives, learning more about the professional growth of women in our community, and exchanging best practices in the industry.

What can we expect from the next DMI Decididas Summit?

Recently, we have been forming strategic alliances with different organizations, and this is where the whole idea for DMI Decididas Summit was born. It was a considerable undertaking since a significant amount of work was required to stage the summit. It is an annual event shared between MI and Decididas, primarily aimed at building connections across different industries. We had 300 in-person attendees over two days, which will remain the same in 2024 due to venue capacity. We believed this number was optimal to foster networking within the community we built. There were over 30 diverse industries represented, a trend that will likely continue, possibly even expanding, and we welcomed participants from 10 countries from Latin America, plus US and Spain, with efforts to involve more countries in 2024. What drew many people to DMI Decididas Summit was the diversity and inclusion showcased across our panels, keynotes, breakout rooms, and workshops, embodying the Summit’s spirit of showcasing those transforming society—women and others impacting the entire society. For 2023, the theme was “I want to invest in myself,” playing on words with Mujeres Invirtiendo and Decididas and focusing on self-investment and decision-making. Moving to 2024, the theme will be a logical progression to: “I want to reinvent myself.” Moreover, there will be a live-streaming component with free access to ensure broader reach and inclusion, transcending financial constraints. Additionally, we are introducing a third day featuring outdoor activities open to all, covering areas such as business, investments, the arts and culture, and more. This ambitious project transcends being merely an event; it is a movement spanning Latin America, the US, and Spain. We aim to collaborate as a unified Latin American bloc, particularly given the challenging circumstances faced by many countries in the region. I have been pleasantly surprised to observe the number of companies working internally to be more conscious of women’s rights. As well, women are finding their own entrepreneurial ways to earn money. Society as a whole needs to start breaking down stereotypes and paradigms and create a better system. That is the message that MI and DMI Decididas Summit want to put forward.

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