Speaker with Mariners ties addresses Heritage students
Holli Martinez, board president of The Martinez Foundation and Director of Diversity at T-Mobile, presented the keynote address at Heritage University’s Spring Honors Convocation on April 18.
During her address, Martinez encouraged students to see their culture and uniqueness as something of value and called on them to continue growing long after graduation.
“Know and own the fact that the lens you bring, that diversity of thought, breeds innovation. It is a powerful tool that you have,” she said. “Never settle for being comfortable. Growth isn’t comfortable, it hurts. If you find yourself being comfortable then you are not really embracing the best things in life.”
Martinez and her husband, former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez, cofounded their foundation in 2008 to improve the ratio between the number of minority students and teachers of color in Washington’s public schools. While completing graduate studies at the University of Washington, Martinez learned that minority students do better in school when they learn from teachers who share similar cultures and backgrounds. Their foundation provides resources to encourage more minorities to enter into the teaching profession and to support professional development of existing educators.