“Martine has been a trusted advisor to our C-suite—and to our entire organization—providing critical thought leadership as we continue to navigate the complexities of diversity, equity and inclusion.”
David R. O’ReillyCEO – The Howard Hughes Corporation
“I had the great opportunity of working with Martine in furthering conversations of D,E, & I in the office. There was a strong sense by many of wanting to be able to share their truths to be better understood, as well as colleagues wanting to respectfully and meaningfully engage during this moment and beyond to be better allies to their peers. In providing a safe space to communicate and share candidly and listen openly, it allowed understanding of each other and the perspective of ourselves. Martine amazingly led conversations where participants felt safe to be honest, vulnerable, and brave. Her expertly tailored discussion objectives sparked great dialogue. This was a great start and a milestone in our efforts for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”
“I have gotten nothing but positive feedback from my colleagues that participated, the only “con” was that they wished they had more time to discuss the questions more. Again, we appreciate your time so much, I enjoyed it and learned quite a bit too.”
“... Martine, who is a master storyteller, uses her firsthand experience as an undocumented immigrant survivor to draw out key perspectives in law, psychology, public policy, race studies, sociology, and women's studies. Her story is both inspiring and compelling, but, in addition, she leverages her experience to flesh out extremely important points on mentorship that are relevant to the human rights advocate and the investment banker alike."
J.D.Cornell Institute for Public Affairs(CIPA), Cornell University
"Martine came to speak to our employees about her personal journey and on the topic of unconscious bias for Black History Month. Her story was moving, authentic and educational. Our employees were enamored by her talk and lined up to speak with Martine at the end where she gave out signed copies of her book Illegal Among Us. Everyone thanked her for her honesty and sharing her story and were talking about it for the rest of the day."
RVNVP of Talent & Culture
"Martine is one of the rare trainers who is able to synthesize a deeply personal commitment to social justice with strong business and organizational development acumen. As a facilitator during the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA) spring professional development series, Martine developed and shared best practices in "Working with Vulnerable Populations" for a graduate student population of 150 across career stages, and representing 20+ countries. This is no easy feat, and Martine was able to deliver an applied, interdisciplinary framework that cut across MPA degree concentrations in Economic and Financial Policy, Environmental Policy, Human Rights and Social Justice, International Development, Public and Nonprofit Management, and Social Policy. Martine's thoughts on mentorship, and investing vs. helping, are essential points to consider for any student in a general management curriculum."
Tom O'TooleExecutive Director, Cornell University
“It was such a pleasure working with you. Your attention to detail and how meticulous you are with your action plan is amazing. I believe your approach has been positively received and your name we definitely be at the top of our list for future initiatives. There is more work expected regarding leadership training efforts and hope that my team or HR will be reaching out in the near future.
Thank you again for lending us your expertise and helping us to facilitate such an important conversation.”
K.KSparc Group, LLC
“We were first inspired by Martine’s personal story which turned into a longer-term engagement with the company. As our DEI Consultant, Martine provided guidance to our newly formed DEI Council and Executive Leadership team on how to expand our DEI footprint within the real estate industry and helped to develop meaningful and effective DEI strategies. With her assistance, we were able to take early actions which continue to grow and flourish throughout the company”.
The Howard Hughes Corporation
"The Lunch & Learn session was very informative. Martine Kalaw is very knowledgeable and passionate about DEI. Her approach to DEI is inclusive where she challenges traditional thinking in corporate spaces. The hour went fast and I wish we had more time delve into practical solutions."
"First, I so appreciate your passion and knowledge on the topic and am glad I attended. This is such an important area for our country’s healing, so glad to see people devoting their career to it. Racial equity work is integrated into my career, as well, but it looks differently coming from a bio-energetic perspective and grounded in spiritual transformation."
Martine Kalaw is an author, speaker and elevation strategist. Her commitment to her work comes from her journey as a stateless and undocumented immigrant survivor.