Nov 5, 2019
Maria Potoroczyn is VP of Strategy & Innovation and a Venture Catalyst at Citibank’s Global Consumer Bank. In her role, Maria leads mission-critical initiatives in designing the future of consumer finance and creates connectivity between Citi Ventures and lines of business.
Maria is also Co-Founder and Board Director of WIN: Women in Innovation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to close the gender gap in the field of innovation. Under her leadership, WIN grew its community from 20 to 3,000 members, expanded the team from 3 to 35, and established presence in San Francisco and London chapters beyond New York's home-base.
Maria has a track record of solving some of the most complex business challenges by combining her grounding in human-centered methodologies with a strategic rigor built over years of working with senior executive teams at Fortune 500, PE-backed companies, and nonprofits.
Maria is a frequent speaker, co-author, workshop leader, and programmatic advisor at industry conferences, including Fast Company Innovation Festival, NYC X DESIGN, SXSW, Experience Fighters, amongst others. She has also appeared at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, New York University, and Parsons The New School as a guest lecturer.
Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, media and communications from Goldsmiths College and a master’s degree with distinction in innovation management from Central Saint Martins.
Maria resides in New York City with her husband and two young daughters, who are currently CEOs of her household.
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