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Maria Alonso

Head of Account ManagementFortune 206

Seattle, WA

Member Since December 2023

Skills

Advertising
Marketing
Marketing Communications

About

Maria Alonso leads Fortune 206´s account management department, creating campaigns and initiatives that engage and empower the community, especially marginalized groups, responding to and resonating with their unique needs and challenges. She’s an accomplished marketing executive with proven success and a passion for leading programs that drive brand growth and enhance customer experiences. She brings diversity, equity and inclusion to the ad agency world, curating campaigns for Fortune 500 clients that include Starbucks, Amazon, and Coca-Cola. Alonso helps brands connect with their audiences by communicating unique narratives and big ideas that stand out in a crowd. She has more than 15 years of experience working with top clients, such as Unilever, T-Mobile, Abbott, Janssen, Novartis, and Jim Beam (US and globally) across a range of categories that include consumer packaged goods, beauty, personal care, infant care, nutrition, OTC health & wellness, and HCP initiatives. She’s worked on Dove’s “Real Women” campaign, created synergy in all digital branding for Starbucks in LATAM, increased 15% of patient (OBGYN) appointments for UWMedicine, and managed to increase diversity by 150% in a local NGO. Maria has been honored as a “Woman of the Week Future for Us,” served as a board member for the American Marketing Association Puget Sound, and speaker on diversity in advertising and multicultural advertising. In addition to her role at Verity, Maria founded a line of handbags, Colibri Handbags, producing one-of-a-kind pieces designed and created by a community of artisans in Chiapas, Mexico. She gives back 30% of all profits to artisan communities in Mexico. Outside of work, Maria enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, visiting friends and family at home in Mexico, caring for her Bischon frise pup, and continually supporting marginalized communities.

Published content

Navigating cultural boundaries: Insights from a global marketer

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Whether orchestrating campaigns for renowned brands or collaborating with local institutions, the lessons learned transcend borders and cultures.

How can employees advocate for themselves at work?

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Business leaders teach professionals 18 smart, practical ways to speak up and get ahead. Whether they're just starting out in their industry of choice or have been at it for several years, it's natural for career-minded, ambitious individuals to keep an eye on opportunities that could give them an edge in their professional lives.  But, in order to keep their skin in the game and gain the respect of their leaders and coworkers, it's essential for employees to first build trust in their capabilities if they want like-minded colleagues to buy into the contributions they are trying to make. To help you speak up about your concerns or ideas, 18 Fast Company Executive Board members share their best practices with other workers who wish to present their ideas and become a better advocate for themselves at their current place of business.

Entrepreneurship 101: 12 tips to help business owners succeed

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Apply these methods to build a successful company in today's marketplace. Launching a startup company may seem like a daunting task at the beginning, especially when you're juggling so many responsibilities all at once. You may be feeling overwhelmed, but if you work strategically to find the right balance and remain focused, the decisions you make about going into business will be worth it all in the long run. To share some encouragement, experts from Fast Company Executive Board weigh in on the countless ways every business owner can turn their personal experiences (upbringing, hardships, or financial setbacks) into business opportunities they'll be proud to put their name on.

16 tips to make a greater impact on your local business community

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Here's how to build better relationships with your community workforce, local government, and area businesses. There is much to consider when company leaders begin negotiating and collaborating with local governments to possibly open headquarters in a new or unfamiliar area. It's not only about understanding the potential target audience, but it's also about protecting, respecting, and maintaining the workforce and consumer pipeline that already occupies the community. All brands must be aware of the direct impact and responsibility that comes with settling into the cities they plan to conduct business in worldwide. Here, 16 experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer tips to help business leaders execute their grand opening plans without a hitch—and with the local community's connection and buy-in.

11 ways businesses can contribute and stay connected to BIPOC communities

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Business experts weigh in on the best ways to make a real difference in underserved neighborhoods. When a well-known or promising company comes to the area, it can be a win-win for businesses and community residents, especially if the establishment is located in an underrepresented neighborhood of people who may be struggling. It's more than just gaining the ability to target an untapped market or provide job opportunities to help people feed their families and develop a clear shot at professional growth; it's also about creating connections and providing education to build loyalty and trust.  With that said, there are plenty of ways for an organization to support underserved BIPOC communities—whether it's a few blocks away or miles apart. Below, 11 experts from Fast Company Executive Board offer their best practices for company leaders who want to contribute to BIPOC communities through workforce training initiatives, financial assistance, and entrepreneurial development programs.

15 ways to stand up and out on the issues your brand is backing

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Transparency paired with a consistent message on your company vision and values goes a long way in building brand awareness and trust. When it comes to building community and laying the foundation for creating long-term customer and stakeholder relationships that you can count on, it's important to let people know where you stand on current issues to maintain genuine transparency and real authenticity. Below, 15 experts of Fast Company Executive Board each share one factor for leaders to consider if they want their brand to become known for its community activism—beyond the products and services it provides.

Company details

Fortune 206

Company bio

Fortune 206 is a pioneering independent creative agency proudly owned by women of color. Committed to transforming challenges into opportunities, we specialize in guiding our clients through the most demanding business situations. As adept storytellers, our team crafts compelling narratives and bold ideas, enabling our clients to build robust brands and establish meaningful connections with their audiences. Beyond storytelling, we serve as brand architects, delivering innovative designs that not only drive the sale of products and services but also facilitate business growth and future readiness. At Fortune 206, we blend creativity with strategy to create powerful solutions that resonate in a crowded market.

Industry

Marketing & advertising

Area of focus

Advertising
Creative Agency
Digital Marketing

Company size

51 - 200