For 25 years, I have helped leaders around the world manage uncertainty and ambiguity for improved safety, strategy-implementation, innovation, learning and problem-solving. I write, speak and conduct research on the cognitive and emotional aspects of safety and leadership.
Dr. Martha Acosta is a sought after speaker, facilitator, and expert in Human and Organizational Learning who helps high-reliability organizations navigate the complexity of human systems in their operations. Martha is member of the HOP HUB Consortium with other thought leaders in the Human and Organizational Performance movement. Martha also represents Harvard Business Publishing (a subsidiary of Harvard Business School) as Senior Moderator who designs and facilitates leadership development programs based on Harvard scholarship. Before joining Harvard, Martha led the Human Performance Improvement Team for the nuclear facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where she helped develop a national safety initiative for the Department of Energy and won LANL's Director's Achievement Award. Martha began her career in Silicon Valley helping fast-growing technology companies build the sales and support capacity needed to commercialize their innovative solutions. Later, she led the design and delivery of global leadership programs for a division of News International in the United Kingdom.
As a woman of color, Martha models purpose-driven leadership by serving diverse communities as a director and trustee on non-profit boards. She chairs the Governance Committee of the LANL Foundation, which supports under-served students in Northern New Mexico. She also serves as a Trustee of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico. In that capacity, she participates actively on several committees of the Board of Visitors and Governors of this historically and academically important college. She previously sat on the Board of Homewise, a non-profit affordable housing developer and mortgage bank. Martha lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
St. John's College, Annapolis, MD