+ Nicole Cacal is a keynote and TEDx Speaker, speaking on topics such as Reciprocal Mentorship.
+ She is the Founder and CEO of Forbes Ignite, where she advises global companies on innovation at the intersection of technology, sustainability, and social impact. Forbes Ignite is a license partner of Forbes Media, LLC. + Her previous clients include American Express, Salesforce, and Accenture to promote their achievements and innovations through thought leadership.
+ She is an independent consultant at Nicole Cacal International, serving as a Strategic Advisor on a mission to simplify digital technology and make advanced strategies accessible, particularly to small businesses.
+ Nicole is the Founder and Executive Director of Katalista.org, a non-profit supporting Filipino American entrepreneurship, where her mission is to place Filipino American entrepreneurs in top U.S. startup accelerators.
+ A champion of diversity, she is also focused on changing the narrative for underrepresented communities within Asian American communities by addressing data disaggregation issues.
+ She is an Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design and visiting professor at the Pratt Institute, teaching social innovation and strategic technology.
+ Nicole is a Virtual Professional-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), mentoring upcoming professionals in entrepreneurship.
+ She leads the Forbes Ignite podcast “Inner Wealth,” engaging in conversations about redefining success.
+ She holds a BBA in Finance & International Business from the University of Hawaii, an MSc in Strategic Design & Management from Parsons School of Design, and an MSc in Technology Management from Columbia University.
"Nicole's clear, relative and sharp in her message and delivery. She's got an important message to share and I encourage anyone who has the chance to attend one of her offerings."
Leah Guy, Author and Host of the Modern Sage Podcast
"Nicole is an incredible public speaker. I was was particularly impressed by her rare ability to distill complex ideas into easily digestible concepts. What really stood out was her emphasis on reciprocal mentorship for innovation. Her insights on how we can learn from each other, regardless of age or experience level, was truly inspiring. Her speech has made me completely reevaluate how I look at relationships within and outside my team. If you need a keynote speaker around innovation, social impact, and reciprocal mentorship, Nicole should be at the top of your list!"
Pam O'Bryant, Master Faculty at Keller Williams
"Nicole is a dynamic and engaging public speaker who specializes in the intersection of business, innovation, and social impact, bringing a unique perspective to audiences looking to bridge these disciplines. With extensive knowledge and experience in each area, Nicole provides insights and practical advice on how to create successful products, services, and organizations that thrive in today's ever-evolving landscape. Her ability to articulate complex concepts with clarity and enthusiasm makes her a sought-after speaker who inspires and motivates audiences to take their ideas to the next level."
Will Thompson, Chief Strategy Officer at Forbes Ignite
Nicole Cacal is a highly regarded leader in the entrepreneurship, digital strategy, and innovation fields, with a passion for advancing the Filipino community. She is the Founder and CEO of Forbes Ignite, a consultancy advising global companies on how to innovate at the intersection of technology, sustainability, and social impact (Forbes Ignite is a license partner of Forbes Media, LLC). She leads client engagements through the discipline of business design, which champions social responsibility and creating shared value.
Nicole is an independent consultant at Nicole Cacal International, with a mission to demystify the complexities of digital technology and make cutting-edge strategies accessible to all, especially small businesses.
Nicole is also the Founder and Executive Director of Katalista.org, a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurship in the Filipino American community. She initiated and led a groundbreaking research survey focused on Southeast Asian American entrepreneurship in the U.S., aimed at achieving data disaggregation to fill critical data voids and ensure more specific representation of underrepresented communities within the broader Asian American narrative. She also launched a strategic initiative designed to place Filipino American entrepreneurs into top-tier startup accelerators in the U.S., bridging the gap between potential and opportunity while amplifying their presence in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
A dedicated adjunct professor at the Parsons School of Design and a visiting professor at the Pratt Institute, she teaches courses on social innovation and strategic technology to the next generation of diverse leaders. Nicole is also a Virtual Professional-in-Residence at the University of Hawaii’s Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), playing a pivotal role in shaping the minds of budding professionals in the field.
She also engages in-depth conversations with mission-driven individuals who are redefining success through the Forbes Ignite podcast, “Inner Wealth.”
Nicole is also an accomplished keynote and TEDx speaker.
Nicole holds a BBA in Finance & International Business from the University of Hawaii, an MSc in Strategic Design & Management from the Parsons School of Design, and an MSc in Technology Management from Columbia University.