Becoming a Bridge Builder | Leadership Lessons

July 27, 2021  • Aspen Global Leadership Network

María Alejandra Ramos Guifarro (Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow), is leading the COVID-19 response for one of the largest public hospitals in Honduras. Throughout the pandemic, she’s leveraged her role as a bridge-builder between the health and private sectors to get the people of Honduras the support they need. 

“I do believe that if you get around people whose nature is to do the right thing, there’s nothing that can stop you.”


With the support of other Central America Leadership Initiative Fellows in Honduras, Maria Alejandra was able to get the resources to build a 28-bed field hospital to care for COVID-positive patients. They also raised funds to get PPE and masks into the country. Although these were positive strides, there were darker times too. Maria Alejandra and her team at the hospital were often working long hours with no end to the pandemic in sight. Now, she is sharing how she remained resilient and what she learned about collaborating with others. Watch #LeadershipLessons.

María Alejandra Ramos works full-time as a doctor (endocrinologist) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in both public and private hospitals. She is the Head of Endocrinology services of the Hospital Escuela Universitario and a Professor ad honorem of postgraduate in Internal Medicine for the Universidad Nacional Autónoma in her home country. Maria Alejandra is a Fellow in the twelfth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

The Central America Leadership Initiative develops values-based leadership talent in six countries of Central America to tackle the challenges the region confronts. A partnership of the Institute, TechnoServe, INCAE, and FUNDEMAS, the initiative was formalized in 2007 as an independent nonprofit foundation.

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