"I build up communities and the courageous humans who lead them."
Judith Martinez is an intersectional social impact advocate mobilizing girls, women, and their allies to live beyond fear and redefine their futures through one question: what would you do if you were 1% more courageous? CEO of InHerShoes, the modern woman's community for courage, Judith is redefining traditional standards of what it looks like to be a successful woman today, particularly at the intersection of entrepreneurship, media, and social impact.
Starting as a "silly community project" in 2014, Judith's vision for InHerShoes began as a Kickstarter campaign she started the fall after graduating from University and secretly declining her dream law school acceptance. A first-generation Filipina American, Judith's work through InHerShoes is an example of what is available when courage overrides fear: a whole new world of possibility. Selected by Mogul as one of the best places to work for Gen Z today, alongside household names such as Costco, Nike, and Skillshare, InHerShoes under Judith's leadership has impacted thousands of young girls, women, and communities in the pursuit of possibility, one act of courage at a time.
A staunch advocate for environment-centered design, Judith has worked with organizations at unique front lines of social impact such as Ashoka, GOOD Inc., Unreasonable Institute, the Transformative Action Institute, and has shared her voice on behalf of youth at the United Nations Youth Assembly. Passionate about cultivating intersectional leadership and advocacy across generations, Judith has worked with global leaders such as former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta on activating leadership in youth and is the co-author of Students Lead Now, the first book written by students, for students, on student leadership in the higher education space. Alongside Echoing Green fellows, Judith helped build the foundation for a social innovation and leadership program at Claremont McKenna College to equip college students with 21st-century skill sets for success. She was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 nominee, has been featured in NASDAQ and Forbes, and is a Vital Voices and TRESemme Global Leadership Fellow. Amidst the national awakening for social and racial justice, Judith was most recently selected to be a United State of Women Ambassador representing the state of California, working with former White House Obama Administration in furthering gender equity and its intersection on racial justice.
Today amidst COVID, you can find her leading courageous conversations in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, or rollerblading along the sidewalks of Long Beach, CA. Follow her catalyzing courage online on LinkedIn or Instagram.