As a bicultural/bilingual executive, Martha brings over 30 years of Diversity and Inclusion experience with a focus on Disability Inclusion gained over the last fifteen years. In 2011, Martha joined C5 Consulting to guide global corporations to build disability inclusive strategies. Before joining C5, a niche Disability Inclusion Consulting Firm, she served for nine years as the Global Chief Diversity Officer for ManpowerGroup, where she partnered with the Manpower Executive team to develop a global, business-based diversity strategy. The strategy incorporated key external (thought leadership branding, community partnerships and Foundation strategy and supplier diversity) and internal components (education/training, leadership competency/skills definition, employee engagement). In addition, she designed and executed Project Ability (now called Access2Ability) a client-focused initiative that connects talent with a disability with business needs across the United States.
Artiles is a recognized thought leader and was invited to join global and national councils/boards to help further the disability inclusion conversation. These included the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) First Inclusion/Diversity Council, WEF’s Gender Gap Council, US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and was a founding member of the Conference Board’s Workforce Diversity Council. She also served on the Board for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), WEConnect Canada, and the Executive Board of the Silicon Valley National Society of Hispanic MBAs. A much sought-out keynote speaker, Martha has addressed D&I audiences across the US and the world, including the Multi-cultural Forum and the International Diversity and Inclusion Conference (Barcelona). Her contributions to corporate disability leadership have resulted in many awards, including the US DOL Secretary’s 2002 New Freedom Initiative Award and the US Business Leadership Network Employer of the Year.
As a person of color with a disability lens (as an individual with a non-apparent disability, parent and caregiver of family members with disabilities), she plays a leadership role with underserved populations such as People with Disabilities as President of the Silicon Valley BLN.