Martha Artiles, President
Martha Artiles brings a unique combination of human resources, engineering and community experience from her 30-year career that includes Global Corporations such as ManpowerGroup where she developed and executed their global strategic diversity vision and strategy. In addition, she developed Project Ability (now Access2Ability), a client focused project that connects talent that happens to have a disability with business needs across the United States. Her expertise spans many areas including diversity/inclusion, disability, organizational change, recruitment and community engagement.
Prior to joining C5 Consulting and ManpowerGroup, Artiles led diversity initiatives at global corporations in the manufacturing, IT and service sectors. Her accomplishments include the initiation of a minority council designed to educate senior executives at a Fortune 300 global corporation, the creation and development of an executive-focused mentoring program and the co-founding of a Hispanic employee networking group. Most recently, Artiles led the development and execution of Manpower’s global and North American diversity strategies. In addition, she designed and executed Project Ability (now Access2Ability) that focused on the employment of people with disability into high demand jobs in large metropolitan areas across the U.S. This unique approach allowed Manpower to place over 200 people with disabilities in various opportunities across the U.S. This project was instrumental in winning key awards for Manpower such as the 2011 Disability Matters Award and the 2010 USBLN Employer of the Year
Artiles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Santa Clara in California. She co-leads the Silicon Valley BLN, serves on the Executive Advisory Council for the Bay Area National Society of Hispanic MBA’s, Board Chair for the Learning and Loving Education Center and Board of Director for Leadership Morgan Hill. As a former New Freedom Initiative winner, Martha is a member of the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Circle of Champions. She has served on boards of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), WEConnect Canada and the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Agenda Council. She is was a founding member of the Conference Board’s Workforce Diversity Council. Artiles is an accomplished speaker at a national and international level, addressing diversity-related issues in human resources, disability, Hispanic, professional and women’s groups, and is often cited as an expert in the media.
Priscilla Azcueta, Vice President
With over 30 years’ experience in the staffing industry, Priscilla Azcueta has had top leadership experience providing staffing, technical, professional, healthcare and managed service solutions. Priscilla has had the opportunity to impact many peoples’ lives by putting people to work, mentoring new leaders, creating start-ups, developing programs and solutions, and partnering with businesses throughout Northern California. She has brought this practice within the non-profit arena, specifically in services for people with disabilities through Expandability, formerly TransAccess, an organization based in San Jose. Job seekers’ skills and abilities are matched into work experiences and career opportunities with businesses and companies throughout the greater Bay Area. Prior to starting with Expandability, she had served on their board of directors for nearly ten years and had been employed by Manpower for over 30 years.
In 2010, she was one of the architects of Manpower’s Project Ability and brought TransAccess and the California Department of Rehabilitation as collaborators and designers to create synergy and a process flow that enabled candidates who happen to have a disability to be considered and matched to temporary and employment opportunities. This innovative program was such a success that in 2011, a national initiative was embraced and Priscilla became the first National Project Ability leader developing new markets and replicating what was developed in San Jose, California by the local team that she led, into regions and markets throughout the U.S. This program has been rebranded in 2013 as Access2Ability.
Priscilla is a community leader and has been serving on the Board of Directors for Phase2Careers, a nonprofit organization with vision to assist the “Over 40″ Worker in the Bay Area with finding new career opportunities. She is the Co-leader of the new Silicon Valley Business Leadership Network, an affiliate of the USBLN, a national non-profit, non-partisan business-to-business network promoting workplaces, marketplaces, and supply chains where people with disabilities are included. The Silicon Valley BLN has orchestrated meaningful events where the Assistant Secretary of ODEP and OFCCP have been featured, partnered or collaborated in various capacities to enlighten employers on hiring practices and bridging the gap around inclusion of people with disabilities.
For more than twenty years, Priscilla has been involved in the community and served on boards, business advisory committees, and industry groups whose missions are to serve people with disabilities, at-risk youth, the disenfranchised, and women’s programs. She has served on the board for TransAccess, the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Next Door, and been a member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and advisory leader for Project HIRED, Sequoia Academies, and the Center for Employment Training (CET).
Monique Morales has a 30-year background in publications, marketing, and engineering support. As a mother and advocate of a special-needs child on the spectrum, she has hands-on experience dealing with challenges of daily life routines, behavioral outbursts, and educational plans. Working with different agencies and non-profits, in her son’s best interest, has helped Monique broaden her knowledge base.
For the past three years Monique has held two lead positions at Northrop Grumman within the Victory Over Impairment and Challenge Enterprise (The VOICE) Employee Resource Group. Serving as Campus and Communications chairperson on the Northrop Grumman Enterprise board, she interacts with all levels of personnel and brings a fresh outlook to the resource group utilizing her skills to effectively communicate the company mission while leveraging personal experiences. At the Enterprise level, she utilized her publications background and created a campus newsletter, “The Advocate,” which was elevated to Sector level and is currently distributed to all campuses within four sectors of Northrop Grumman. “The Advocate” has become a communication tool for the corporation, which includes personal stories of challenges and achievements. The VOICE ERG also hosts experts on topics such as autism, diabetes, ADHD, sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, and managing stress. Under her leadership, VOICE membership has grown to more than 100 members.
In her private life Monique manages and performs in an R&B band, playing all over the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a classically trained vocalist.
David Fazio is the Founder & President of Helix Opportunity, a business and organizational development consulting and training firm that provides holistic brand management with respect to the persons with disabilities demographic in the workplace, as well as the consumer marketplace. He is also the author of Harmony at Work, the Business Innovators Guide to Profiting from the Growing Disability Demographic by Creating Meaningful Experiences for Everyone (available on Amazon Kindle).
He survived a softball sized hemorrhagic stroke, from a brain aneurysm, at the age of 13, that paralyzed the entire left side of his body, severely damaged his brain, learning & cognitive functioning, and caused him visual perceptual difficulties. David graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Media Studies. He is also certified in Conflict Resolution, Advance Mediation, Lean Transformation, and Six Sigma.
Mr. Fazio’s professional background is deeply rooted in government and regulatory compliance. He worked for the United States Air Force, as a civil service employee, facilitating the Lean Transformation of a complex, multi-billion dollar operation. David also served the American Federation of Government Employees, as a Federal Union Representative, where he litigated Equal Employment Opportunity complaints of disability discrimination before Administrative Judges. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Support for Families of Children with Disabilities and the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area.
David is a member of the Bay Area Water Trail Accessibility Advisory Subcommittee, where he advises on the development, and implementation of, the Accessibility Plan. David is passionate about progressing society towards a more inclusive and meaningful relationship with all of humanity and its various forms of different abilities. Mr. Fazio is a professional public speaker, frequently presenting to the Financial Services Industry, the Global Travel & Tourism Community, the Information Technology Sector, and Corporate America. You can view some of his appearances on Youtube.