Maria Montserrat Gonzalez-Diaz shares her experience at NEOS, what inspires her and advice to building professional relationships

Tell me a little bit about what you do for NEOS and our clients.

I am responsible for cross-functional project delivery that spans various products, platforms, and services. I leverage industry expertise and core consulting skills such as problem statement framing, root cause analysis, process rationalization, and exceptional communication tactics to effectively advise and guide clients.

If you could choose one word to describe the culture at NEOS, what would it be and why?

“Empathetic.”  You feel valued and acknowledged through active listening, open communication, and support in difficult situations.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I was born on November 28 and not on my legal birth date of December 1. I was born in Northern Spain. Being the first child and first grandchild and the fact that I was born a month early, my family could not agree on a name (too many opinions), so it took my parents another month to name me.   By then all the registry pages were full for 11/28 and the next available day was 12/1. Any longer and I would have a different year of birth.

What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?  

I am lost without my iPhone.  It keeps me organized, informed, in contact and entertained.  Everything I need is in the palm of my hands. Technology has made my life easier.

If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

It is not what you say, it is how you say it. Learn to assert yourself effectively. Be authentic and transparent to build trusting relationships in which people are more likely to bring their full creativity, commitment, and motivation to work.

Who inspires you and why?

My children inspire me to continuously grow and improve each day.  They inspire me to be a better leader, one that leads by example and is the voice for those that are not heard.  They inspire me to be creative and curious, and to continuously learn and try new things. They inspire youthfulness so I can be excited with what is ahead and tackle the unknown as an adventure and challenge. Last but not least, they inspire my sense of humor, so I can laugh at myself and move on, and put a smile on someone’s face.


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