President, Pilar Montoya co-founded Caminos-Foundation with the goal to guide, inspire and motivate youth and their families across the United States. She has dedicated her life's journey to inspire our youth and educate parents about options they have and resources that surround them. Her passion has always been to be a conduit for many to remove the obstacles in their way and create the life they deserve. When our career, relationships, spirituality, finances, and health are managed well, we can live more rewarding fulfilling lives.
Ms. Montoya was recognized by San Diego Magazine as one of San Diego's Latinos Making a Difference in 2014; she was also one of nine women recognized as part of an All-Star Line up by Hispanic Business.com as a leader who has risen to the top of their profession. Ms. Montoya has been recognized as the Top 100 Women in STEM by US News and World Reports and US STEM Connector, and she also served on the NASA STEM Advisory Council.
She is an inspirational national speaker. In April 2014, Verizon Corporation underwrote to have Ms. Montoya addressed students, university professors and sponsoring corporations at the Industrial Affiliates Program at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (UPRM); she served as a keynote speaker at General Electric's National Hispanic Forum; served as a distinguished panel member at the 2013 Diversity Woman Magazine Diversity Women Conference; and has addressed national audiences at universities and conferences across the US.
Initiatives she has helped create include the Corporate Readiness Program with Johnson & Johnson Corporation, the Tu Futuro national initiative with Naval Sea Systems Command and has led a large army of STEM ambassadors to create student chapters in high schools and universities across America. She has coached entrepreneurs in starting and growing their businesses.
Ms. Montoya brings over 25 years of business and financial management for private companies and non-profits. Ms. Montoya was the Founder and President of a nationally acclaimed marketing agency with corporate, governmental and non-profit clients. She was at the forefront of general and Hispanic marketing efforts managing accounts for companies such as Cacique, Inc., Del Monte Foods, US Postal Service, and the California Five-A-Day statewide campaign.
Outside of her professional achievements, Montoya has been recognized as both a community and business leader. For her civic contributions, she was recognized with a California Assembly resolution for efforts with Latino youth, an American Cancer Society volunteer award, and the Child Abuse Prevention Council Volunteer of the Year Recognition. Additionally, she has received five advertising awards from Hispanic Business Magazine’s “Se Habla Español” advertising award.