Mercedes Martin, Business and Leadership consultant, Leadership Development Coach, and international speaker brings verve and new light to the topics of business transformation, disruption, and innovation.
She is a native Spanish-speaking international consultant and conference speaker, and pioneer introducing leadership transformation and global diversity programs in Africa, European and Latin American countries, as well as in the United States and Canada. With over two decades of Strategic Business Consulting, Leadership Development, Global Diversity and Inclusion Coaching under her belt, she brings a radically different approach to the table. She weaves the political, social and economic impact of these topics in order to establish a cultural context for the audience and work at hand.
Whether it’s through delving into Samba School as a way to analyze Brazilian business culture, teaching storytelling and personal narratives techniques to bring about connection and empathy or by facilitating a dialogue about race, class and gender in the work force, she draws upon her creativity to create synergy between the business and social culture of the group in order to bring about a collective sense of belonging, business success and social impact that has long lasting impact.
A sought after speaker and panelist, Mercedes has presented at Regional and National Conferences and Associations including Conference Board, National Organizational Development Network ( ODN), SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education Training ), and NCORE ( National Conference on Race and Ethnictiy), and UC Berkley Conference on Diversity.
Before joining Ashton212 as EVP for Business Transformation and Innovation, Mercedes spent close to ten years at Ernst & Young (EY) as Talent Development and organizational change Consultant, and certified Executive Coach. There she consulted, facilitated and coached internal leaders across America’s to align Market and Talent strategies by building high performing global teams . Including global leaders brought together via mergers and acquisitions .
A graduate of the University of Miami, Mercedes holds a Masters Degree in Leadership Development from University of San Francisco. Her training also includes advanced study and research in Organizational Development, Diversity and Inclusion, cross cultural Conflict Resolution and Program Design and Development. certified as an advanced facilitator using the conflict resolution model of Powerful Non-Defensive Communication( PNDC) and executive coach using brain- based models.and multiple certifications, including in 360o Assessment Coaching from the Center for Creative Leadership, Diversity Facilitation from IBM, and Executive Coaching Certification from Results Coaching Systems and mindfulness coaching—a brain-based approach that applies discoveries in the field of neuroscience to develop personal communication and leadership skills.
Her particular areas of expertise for consultations and presentations:
- Business and Leadership Transformation and Innovation
- Leadership transformation at the personal, team, organization and community level
- Business transformation and social impact
- Women and Leadership Programs
- Women and People of Color Leadership Development
- Mentoring and Sponsorship Programs
- Executive coaching and consulting
- Building high performing global teams
- Cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution and coaching
- Global Skills and cultural Globalization programs to diversity efforts