Manager Inclusion & Diversity Center of Expertise, Spectrum Health System
Kristin Ekkens, MA, is a cultural strategist, consultant, and global speaker. Her passion and area of expertise is helping organizations drive culturally intelligent innovation. She brings a unique perspective to global leadership and talent management. Kristin is manager of Inclusion & Diversity at Spectrum Health. In this role she leads system-wide efforts to attract and retain diverse talent and increase cultural competence of all providers and employees. Her career experience also includes TEDx speaker (2014), founder/ CEO of C3 Consulting LLC, a consultancy focused on developing culturally intelligent individuals, teams, and organizations, corporate intercultural trainer, executive director of a national workforce development organization, and workplace language and literacy program director.
Kristin has been recognized as a "cultural entrepreneur" and has won numerous awards and international recognition including
Building Bridges Award in April 2016 by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
40 under forty Business Leaderin 2015 by the Grand Rapids Business Journal
International exposure in a 2008 broadcast of ABC World News Tonight with Charles Gibson
Recognition in 2011 as a best practice by Singapore Workforce Development Agency.
Kristin is an advanced certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) facilitator through the Cultural Intelligence Center and Qualified Administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She earned an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Michigan State University and a BA in Spanish and Linguistics from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. Kristin’s international experience includes living in Spain, Mexico and Costa Rica, and traveling extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Western Europe, and New Zealand.