Ethnic Gem: Martha Fields
When Martha Fields
Even through the television, it's easy to see she
is perfectly poised and well versed on the subjects at hand.
She seems effortlessly at home in front of the camera, and makes her way through the FOX 25 TV Boston taping on "inappropriate language at work" with a distinct ease.
It is no wonder, then, that Ms. Fields
has found success in the field of public speaking and consulting.
A 1975 graduate ofBoston University, she
was a double major in Hispanic studies and sociology.
In 1977, she
was a PhD candidate in community sociology at her
The understanding of social structures has proven valuable in her
For the past thirty years, she has worked tirelessly in the field of human resources.
She first got her start at Children's Hospital where she served as Manager of Employee Relations and Training and Development.
Finally, in 1986, she became Vice President of Human Resources for Massachusetts Ear and Eye Infirmary, where she was responsible for a multi-million dollar budget, including benefits, compensation, recruitment, retention, and workforce development.
It was in 1994 that Martha
decided to open her
own consulting firm.
She is the Founder and CEO of Fields Associates, Inc., which specializes in "connecting human resources and diversity/inclusion efforts to accomplish organizational goals and better serve customers".
As a consultant, Fields has assisted top names in business as an executive coach and trainer.
Past clients include Bank of America
, Harvard University
, Fidelity Investments
, Massachusetts General Hospital
, and NASA
consulting highlights also include working with the Metrowest Alliance for Workforce Diversity
on efforts that resulted in businesses working together to attract, orient, and retain diverse talent.
receives bookings from the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau
, conducts onsite workshops and keynote/motivational speeches, and consults with managers and senior executives on success strategies, human resources management, diversity, globalization, and career development.
has appeared on CNN
, PBS, ABC, Forbes.com, and is regularly featured on FOX Boston as a career/work life expert.
In addition, Fields
is the author of five books, all with a focus on human resources and career development.
Her most recent work was published byHarvard Business School, an organization to which she consults and serves as mentor.
In spite of her many professional accomplishments, it is clear to see that she holds her work as a mentor in high esteem.
created an online management course as part of the popular Harvard
ManageMentor Program, and in 2009, developed a book, Managing Diversity: Expert Solution to Everyday Challenges.
In this endeavor, and through speeches, writings, and television appearances, Martha Fields lives up to her
personal creed "to make a positive, memorable difference in the world and help others do the same."