From a young age she received from her parents, Don Juan Bautista and Doña Felipa, a clear example of industry and sensitivity to the needs of others. That spirit of service drove her every day to strive to expand the reach of the Foundation's programs.
And it is also that same spirit that she instilled in those around her, to always give their best in favor of others. That sensitivity and understanding towards the needs of the most needy was her hallmark, and over time, and having been a businesswoman and director of very important companies in the country, she voluntarily became involved in community service activities.
Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation
She was president of the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation, an entity created in honor of her father. This foundation seeks to support social service programs in Guatemala such as: the Juan Bautista Gutiérrez School in San Cristóbal, Totonicapán; the Artisan Training Center in Rabinal, Alta Verapaz; the project “Educator of the New Century”; or the “Supporting Those Who Provide Support” Award.
Isabel was the founder and president of Fundaniñas, an organization that provides a permanent home, education, care and love to girls at risk, until they are young adults.
She was the first female president of a Rotary Club, traditionally exclusively for men. She received a tribute from Rotary District 4250, during the XX District Conference held in Guatemala City in February 2015.
Other social work
She was very supportive of the community where she came from. The main public school in San Cristóbal is named after her father, and the health center after her brother Dionisio. Both institutions receive support for their operation from the organization that Isabel presided over.
The most important thing is that she was personally involved and provided the necessary resources for the proper operation of those entities. She worked hard for the projects in which she was involved, with extraordinary energy and enthusiasm; she attended to her self-assumed responsibilities every day.