About the Founder
Maria Concepcion, MPA, MA
Maria Concepcion is an experienced professional with a diverse background in education and business. She has teaching and administrative experience from Puerto Rico, Chicago and suburban Illinois. Her extensive career includes experience in workforce development, student transitions, early childhood, special education, elementary and college education.
Maria has served in multiple instructional and administrative posts including elementary school principal and executive director of college programs. Her leadership role at each post has contributed to significant score improvements, increased funding and additional programs. She has done significant work in education to career projects, partnership development, parent workshops, student leadership and enrichment programs, among others.
In 2009 she established an International Hosting Initiative to promote intercultural exchanges and nurture English immersion among the international guests she hosts.
After a principal post in Bartlett, Illinois, she returned to Chicago to continue to pursue her education consultant and entrepreneurial goals in 2013. Her consulting work has included grants management for universities, program development, professional translations, and tutoring.
Maria’s conference presentations, forum speaking and awards have evolved around the topics of education – business partnerships, curriculum integrations, services for the diverse learner, parental involvement in schools, and student leadership and academic transitions.
Ms. Concepcion has a Bachelor’s Degree from Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico; earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration – with focus on Higher Education – from Roosevelt University; a Master’s in School Administration from the University of Illinois, and a Professional Certificate in Non-Profit Administration from the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. Maria is also a Certified Employment Counselor.
Maria continues to intertwine her personal and professional interests through her International Hosting, Event Planning and Education Consulting Projects.