Ganadoras Premiación Energía de Mujer 2019

Life Achievement
A Chilean painter and engraver born in Barcelona. She arrived to Chile – as a refugee from the Spanish Civil War – at 16 years of age. She studied painting in the School of Fine Arts of the Universidad de Chile. Her artistic trajectory has been marked by multiple national and international acknowledgements, among them, the Premio Altazor de las Artes Nacionales in the painting category in 2000 and 2013, the Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas in 2015 and the Medalla de Oro al Mérito en las Bellas Artes awarded by the government of Spain in 2018. She has exhibited in various Latin American countries and in Spain, and her work may be found in several museums around the world, in the cities of New York, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago, among others.
Internal prize: Enel Group Woman
A civil industrial engineer from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile. She has developed a great labor career path ever since she joined the Enel Group in Chile in 2005. She currently heads the Chile Services Management. Her great social sense has guided her to lead the activation of the first Code Blue last year, carried out between Enel Chile and the Ministry for Social Development, in which the company provided part of its facilities as a shelter for homeless people during winter, in days of extreme weather conditions.
Public Service
A civil engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and certified by the International Business Management program at Georgetown University, in Washington D.C. She has been a teacher of the Master’s program in Public Policies at Universidad de Chile’s Economy and Business School. During 12 years she was a member and regional director for Latin America in Steer Davies Gleave, a prestigious British transportation consulting firm, where she was in charge of operations in Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico, later expanding its presence to Brazil and Mexico. Between 2010 and 2014 she served as Undersecretary of Transportation, and in March 2018, she assumed a position as Minister of Transportation of Chile.
Environment and Sustainability
Founder and Executive President of the Fundación PROhumana, a pioneering institution in Chile and in Latin America with respect to the promotion of Sustainable Human Development focusing upon enterprise leaders in order for companies to seek, in their business models, to be agents for ethical, economic, social, and environmental advancement, setting high standards for sustainable management. She studied Education in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and received a Master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education at the University of Maryland. She previously served as executive secretary of Amnesty International in Chile.
Contribution to Education
An academician at the Instituto de Historia UC and the first woman to be awarded the National History Prize in 2018. She has a Bachelor’s degree and a PhD in History from the Pontificia Universidad Católica, and a Master of Arts degree from Yale University. She has contributed to national historiography through numerous publications, especially in the field of education. She served previously as Vice-Rector for Research.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Innovation Manager at Corfo. She is a Biotechnology Engineer from INACAP, has a Master’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Universidad Federico Santa María and a Master’s degree in Management from MIT. She is the former executive director of Start-Up Chile, becoming one of the best business accelerators in the world. In 2018 she stood out among the 100 most influential people in digital governance. During her career she has contributed to the improvement of competitiveness in Chile through the industrial revolution 4.0.
Community Work
A Nun of The Good Shepherd, co-founder and president of the Fundación Mujer Levántate Foundation, a home shelter created in 2008 seeking to promote and empower the dignity of women deprived of liberty and to support them in social and labor inclusion. The institution under her charge operates in the women’s penal center in Santiago with a comprehensive program which has sheltered more than 450 women since its beginning, impacting not only upon their lives, but upon those of boys and girls as well; this year, the foundation began a post-penitentiary program. She has been highlighted for several years in the “100 leading women” by El Mercurio and in 2018 was awarded the “Mujer Impacta” award that acknowledges women generating positive changes in Chile.
Journalism / Investigative Reporting
A journalist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and general editor of “Misión Encubierta”, a research program from Mega TV Channel, successful with the audience, broadcasted on Sundays in prime time. She has 20 years of experience in journalistic investigation. She has previously served as editor of Contacto and general editor for Reports in the Press Departments of TVN and Channel 13, and in the CIPER site.
A feminist actress and comedian. Formed part of the “Cabra chica gritona” and “El club de la comedia” television programs, before her debut in the Festival de Viña del Mar in 2016, where she was awarded the Gaviota de Oro, the highest prize by the public. She performs stand-up comedy tours throughout Chile and in other countries, she has two comedy specials in Netflix and is the speaker in the “Café con Nata” program in Súbela Radio. In 2018 she was awarded the National Humor Award and the Premio Caleuche to the best comedian.
Cold water world swimming champion and currently number one in the world ranking. Known as the “ice mermaid”, she pioneered swimming near six glaciers in our country’s Patagonia, and the first Chilean woman to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, achieving the best Pan American time in the history of the crossing. She has been awarded gold medals in the world cups of England, Russia, Belarus, and Estonia.
Contribution to Public Debate
A public policies researcher in the education area of the Centro de Estudios Públicos, a columnist in La Tercera newspaper and a panelist of TVN’s Estado Nacional. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Freiburg and has given courses in that subject at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Andrés Bello. Between 2012 and 2014 she served as an advisor at the Ministry of Education.
A singer and composer. The winner of the Latin Grammy to the best alternative song with her single “Amárrame”, among many other acknowledgements, such as the MTV Europe Music Awards, MTV Millennial Awards, Pulsar Awards, Telehit Awards, and the Copihue Awards. She participated in TVN’s talent program “Rojo fama contrafama” and made her debut as part of the “Rojo la película” casting. She received the “Gaviota de Oro” on the part of the public in the 2017 Festival de Viña del Mar. She lives in Mexico.

Energía de Mujer Award Categories

The prize seeks to highlight the achievements of women who have made a significant contribution to Chilean society, and whose example may inspire other Chilean women in their own careers or fields.

It also aims to be as representative as possible of the diversity of areas in which women have made exceptional achievements.

1. Arts

We award a prize to the woman who has stood out as a role model for the arts, music and/or literature, either through a particular piece of work or her work in general, and who has actively helped to construct the country’s cultural identity.

2. Public Service

We award a prize to a woman in politics or public service who has made a significant contribution to improving public policies and has shown commitment to the well-being of Chilean society.

3. Environment and Sustainability

We distinguish the woman who has best promoted environmental care and protection and stood out as an ongoing force for energy efficiency in Chile or who has set out to make the country more sustainable through leadership of opinion or the implementation of concrete projects.

4. Contribution to Education

We award a prize to a woman who has shown commitment to promoting and improving education in Chile through specific projects in the classroom or as a leader of opinion in this important field.

5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We give this award to a woman whose projects and initiatives have succeeded in generating innovative and creative solutions for the development of a better Chile.

6. Work with the Community

We recognize a woman who has successfully implemented projects or led institutions that address a specific social problem, thus substantially improving the quality of life for a particular community.

7. Journalism

We award this distinction to a woman who, as a journalist, has been able to lead editorial or journalistic projects that contribute to Chilean society, with an objective and independent vision, or who, through her work, has managed to disseminate information of national interest that contributes to the public debate.

8. Entertainment

We give this prize to a woman from the world of entertainment who has captured the heart of the general public.

9. Sports

We recognize a woman who has achieved national and international renown through sports, thus contributing to Chile’s prestige in this area.

10. Contribution to Public Debate

We award this prize to a woman who, from her discipline, has contributed to the debate of ideas or public policy in a bid to promote the country’s development. 

11. Women’s Energy Award to Life Achievement

We recognize a woman with a long and respected track record of supporting Chilean society in general.

12. Internal Prize: Enel Woman

The employees of Enel Group recognize a woman who has stood out for her work, support and promotion of the company’s values and strong commitment to the company.

How are the winners selected?

The award is divided into 12 categories for each of which a shortlist is submitted to the jury out of proposals put forward by employees of the Enel Group (over 2,000 employees) and the group’s Communications Department.

Before the shortlist is compiled, candidates are evaluated and their contribution in their areas of action is analyzed. The resulting shortlist is then presented to the jury.


2020 Jury

  • Carolina Cuevas, Undersecretary of Women's Affairs and Gender Equality.
  • Alejandra Sepúlveda, Executive Director of Comunidad Mujer.
  • Alejandra Mustakis, President of Entrepreneurs of Chile Association -Asech (award winner in 2015).
  • María Teresa Ruiz, 1997 National Award of Exact Sciences (award winner in 2008).
  • Matilde Burgos, CNN Journalist and News Anchor (award winner in 2016).
  • Francisca Valdés, Executive Director of Mujeres Empresarias.
  • Paula Escobar, Editor of El Mercurio magazines (award winner in 2015).
  • Ximena Casarejos, Executive Director of Teletón (award winner in 2009).
  • Marina Hermosilla, Executive Director of Corporate Leaders Group, CLG Chile (award winner 2018).