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Diego Mariscal

2Gether-International
Founder

Diego Mariscal is disabled and proud! He is also very passionate and strategic about the relationship between disability advocacy, entreprenurship, and sustainable impact. 


At the age of 18, Diego started “Limitless Prepa Tec” a disability education program for students in Monterrey Mexico.  In four years, the program expanded to seven high schools across the country, reaching more than 3,000 students nationwide. To this day, Limitless continues to be one of  the largest youth-led programs in Monterrey Mexico, working to educate students about disabilities.  

In 2015, Diego founded 2Gether-International, a non-for-profit startup that supports entrepreneurs with disabilities and moves us closer to a world where disability is recognized  and valued as an asset for business and entrepreneurship. In his role as CEO and Chief Disabled Officer, Diego has collaborated with multinational organizations such as  the U.S. Department of State, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank and leading technology companies like Blackboard to help them better understand disability as an asset for performance.
 
Diego has been internationally recognized for his work, most noticeably by the Waldzell Institute in Vienna as an Architect of the Future and by the British Council as a Global Changemaker. In 2014, he was also a Youth in International Development and Affairs Fellow for the U.S. International Council on Disabilities. In 2016, Diego was invited to the first United Nations World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul. 

Last year, Diego became the first entrepreneur with a disability, from the US delegation, to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in Hyderabad, India. Diego was also an honorary guest and spokesperson of the US Embassy in Panama for the 2017 Special Olympics Latin America regional games. He has also been a honorary guest and spokesperson for the US Consulate in Cd. Juarez Mexico.

This past October, Diego received the Global Leadership in Equitable Development Award from the World Trade Credit & Risk Summit in Washington, DC.

Born with Cerebral Palsy in New Orleans but raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Diego also represented Nuevo Leon in the Mexican National Paralympics from 2004-2009.
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