She declares that she was born an educator but became an economist to solve endemic problems of quality in education. While fulfilling her duties as mother, she pursued graduate studies and completed master degrees in education (management and leadership with minor in statistics) and economics. Her transfer from the School of Education to the School of Business to study economics was a groundbreaking event at her Alma Mother, the University of Miami in the early 1980’s. Her vision and ambition to attain a multidisciplinary background gave her unique understanding of the close correlation, until then unexplored, between education and sustainable development positioning human wellbeing as a central pursuit and a recurrent challenge to face unavoidable disruptions of the global VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) environment.
She was Examiner of the Baldrige National Quality Award of the United States, taught comparative programs with EFQM European Foundation of Quality Management, and was adviser to National Quality Award Programs in Latin America, including Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Peru y Ecuador. Quality management gave her invaluable insight of the crucial importance of quality standards in the sustainability of organizations to advance productivity, national competitiveness as essential antecedents of people’s wellbeing. She highlights that the same quality principles and practices apply to education and all organizations seeking continuous performance improvement. Moreover, she adds, people who understand the fundamentals principles of quality know that the key element in quality attainment is human commitment. Noting that uses of quality that neglect clear evidence of continuous assessment and improvement are no more than qualifying adjectives, not quality standards.
A pioneer in quality education, in 2001 McGraw-Hill published her book Quality Management in Education. A Model for Evaluation (in Spanish). Her model was presented in the inauguration of the World Bank Global Online Network. Since then “quality education” is no longer a luxury for a few, but a shared responsibility for all, as much as a national priority for most countries. She states that quality standards are not an option but an imperative in the Knowledge Economy and the 21st century. Her Human Centered Management Book Series is anchored in quality principles and practices that enhance people and their wellbeing in organizations and development.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
- Human Centered Management.
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- Quality Management: education and organizations.
- Human centered sustainable development
- Impact of education in development
- Quality education and economic and social sustainability.
- ESTE Balanced Sustainable Development (economic, social, technological, environment)
- "The problem is not income inequality, is lack of quality education for all". Lepeley, M.T. (2019) EDUCONOMY. Unleashing Wellbeing and Human Centered Sustainable Development".
- Women in entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurial ecosystems
. Wellbeing in entrepreneurships as source of income and increased productivity and success.