Maria-Paz Barrientos is a Partner with IBM Global Business Services, and leads the corporation's Organization and People Consulting Group for North America. Ms. Barrientos has over 19 years of consulting experience focused in the area of organizational transformation in the areas of human resources, finance and operations. She has performed business transformation projects for a number of organizations, including the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the US House of Representatives, the Asian Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the State of Florida, and FEMA. In addition to her experience in transformation, Ms. Barrientos has also led projects in Strategy Consulting, Knowledge Management and Organizational Change, as well as Disaster Recovery operations. Ms. Barrientos holds a BA from the University of Maryland as well as an MA from the George Washington University.