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About Marlene

The personal and professional growth that I’ve experienced through coaching has been liberating. Through coaching I gained awareness. I realized that I had been drifting along a prescribed and relatively safe path without giving enough attention to what I really wanted my life’s work to be about.

I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. I left home at 17 to attend Stanford University planning to major in engineering. I had enjoyed the science subjects in high school so engineering seemed like a sensible choice.

Then I spent my first two years in college considering and discarding the various engineering specialties offered (aeronautical, mechanical, industrial… it was a long list). By the end of my sophomore year I finally concluded engineering wasn’t for me. I changed my major and eventually decided to go to law school.


After graduating from Columbia Law School, I settled in New York City and began to practice corporate law. Again, it seemed like a sensible choice. Occasionally, a little voice in my head would question my career choice, but I ignored it because trying to figure out what else I could do with my life seemed too overwhelming. Had I known about personal coaching back then I would have found myself a coach immediately!

Over the next fifteen years, I worked in a variety of legal settings (small firm, big firm and the legal department of a large multinational company) before finally deciding to retire from the practice of law. I transitioned to being a stay-at-home parent knowing that at some point I was going to reinvent myself and find a new career.

It was during this phase of my life that I discovered coaching. Finally, some clarity! Not only did I create a new career path for myself, I got clear on my values, I worked on my mindset and I came up with my own definition of success. I stopped drifting and became intentional about designing a life and career that felt true to me.

Clarity and fulfillment are what I help my clients attain. My approach is direct and compassionate. This work can be challenging at times, but it doesn’t need to be complicated or painful. I help my clients to face their fears while encouraging them to find humor in their humanity.

I obtained my initial coach certification from Coach U, spent over three years gaining additional experience with an international coaching company, and then established my private coaching practice. Over the years I've received additional training and I’m now a Certified Master Coach, credentialed by the ICF (the International Coaching Federation), and a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming).

If you’re interested in learning about how coaching can benefit you, please contact me to schedule a free exploratory call.

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