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About Marian

Whether teaching her ICF-accredited Revolutionary Agreements Certification Program to coaches and facilitators,  keynoting large conferences in her unique interactive style, designing ground-breaking international convenings, or leading corporate teams to peak performance, Marian Head’s passion for community-building and her gift for designing collaborative processes has literally changed the world.

A pioneer in business, government and education, Marian has had the opportunity to serve Fortune 500 companies including AT&T and Federal Express, and world leaders such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, US Vice President Al Gore, and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbechev. She was honored as one of the top leaders in the training profession by the International Society for Performance Improvement while Manager for Educational Development at the U.S. Senate.

Following her Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Catholic University of America in 1976, Marian gave back to her alma mater by creating and teaching their first graduate level Business Communications course. Later at Boulder Graduate School, she and her husband Glenn initiated and co-chaired the nation’s first graduate department of Leadership and Organizational Transformation.

For seven consecutive years, Marian was honored as one of the top 100 (of ½ million) independent sales associates for a global nutrition company. She was elected by leader peers in 2002 to serve as their first (and still only) woman chairperson of that company’s international Associate Advisory Council.  For more than a decade, Marian applied her compassionate leadership toward transforming society’s ailing health care system by empowering people to take responsibility for their own health and wellness. In this capacity, she and her husband taught social entrepreneurs how to use a revenue-sharing business strategy to nourish the world’s most vulnerable children.

Marian founded Marlin Press in 1983, initiating the first “Professional Trainer’s Collection” to serve corporate trainers and managers, and to provide a venue for her colleagues’ publications. Marlin Press published its first international award-winning book in 1984. Two decades later, she published her own award-winner, Revolutionary Agreements, based on principles that have served hundreds of thousands around the world in living in greater peace with themselves and others.

Among her most memorable contributions was serving as Program Coordinator towards the end of the Cold War for two Soviet-American Citizens’ Summits, bringing together these former enemies of state to develop personal relationships though working on joint projects of common interest. As a result, thousands of participants birthed hundreds of collaborative projects in 1988 in Washington DC and 1990 in Moscow.

During that same period, she had the extraordinary experience of co-creating and facilitating the first Global Forums of Parliamentary and Spiritual Leaders in Oxford and Moscow. The Oxford meeting was widely regarded as the largest gathering of church and state in modern times, bringing together parliamentarians from 80 nations with leaders of the five major religions to collectively address issues of human survival.

In 2009, her passion for restorative justice landed her as president of the board of Teaching Peace, the parent organization for her community’s alternative to the penal system. Its programs result in a mere 10% recidivism rate as compared to the national re-offense average of 70% for the penal system. Restorative justice gives victims  a voice and offenders the opportunity to repair their harm and rebuild relationships.

Marian’s passion for the principles of authentic leadership and compassionate communication have led her to speak before audiences of thousands; write inspiring stories about business philanthropists as department editor for a professional journal; consult with businesses ranging from mom-‘n’-pops to the Fortune 100; and serve on and chair national and international committees and boards for both profit and nonprofit organizations.

Marian is on a mission to demonstrate through her actions how to live in truth, acceptance and gratitude, with abundant health and prosperity.  She believes that by each of us living a positive life today, we will create a positive future for all.

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