Marcia Reynolds C-Suite Network Advisor Since 2016

Coaching and Training Leaders to Be More Effective through Emotional Engagement and Meaningful Conversations

Management & Leadership

Dr. Marcia Reynolds is fascinated by the brain, especially what triggers feelings of connection, commitment, and possibility. This fascination has led her to develop three areas of expertise: organizational change, coaching, and emotional intelligence. She draws on these areas as she helps leaders have more effective and meaningful conversations. When leaders have powerful conversations that that respect the ideas of a diverse culture, the workplace comes alive with an eagerness to discover what is possible. She has coached and trained leaders in 35 countries and has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cornell University, and Smith College.

Marcia is a true pioneer in the coaching profession. She is a founding member of the International Coach Federation, the 5th global president, and is back on the ICF Global Board. Currently, she is the Training Director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute at Virginia Tech and teaches at the International Coaching Academy in Moscow and Create China Coaching in Shanghai and Beijing.

Prior to starting her own business, Marcia’s greatest success came from designing the employee development program for a global semiconductor manufacturing company facing bankruptcy. Within three years, the company turned around and became the #1 stock market success in 1993. The success was based on redesigning the organization into cross-functional business units to capture the brilliance and speed of diverse teams.

Interviews and excerpts from her books Outsmart Your Brain, Wander Woman for high-achieving women, and her latest, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs have appeared in many places including Fast Company, The Globe and Mail,,, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal and she has appeared in business magazines in Europe, Asia and on ABC World News.

Marcia’s doctoral degree is in organizational psychology with a research emphasis on the challenges and needs of high-achievers in today’s corporations. She continues to research workplace behaviors, leadership effectiveness, and the science of motivation and engagement. She also holds two master’s degrees in education and communications. Her website is


Master Certified Coach (MCC), International Coach Federation

Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), National Speakers Association

Published Books

The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, Berrett-Koehler, October 2014.

Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction, Berrett-Koehler, June 2010

Outsmart Your Brain: How to Make Success Feel Easy, Covisioning, 2004



Marcia Reynolds | Coaching and Training Leaders to Be More Effective through Emotional Engagement and Meaningful Conversations

"Marcia Reynolds is by far the most effective and influential executive coach and corporate trainer I have ever encountered. As Head of HR, Latin America I worked with Marcia in a period of two years while she delivered “Leader of Others” and “Leader of Leaders” courses throughout Latin America. Furthermore, Ms Reynolds became our executive coach for the Latin American President among other leaders in the region.

It is not only Ms Reynolds deep skills and understanding of executive development that I consider world class; Ms Reynolds has a brilliant ability to comprehend, nurture, and feed back information to all types of leaders while they are experiencing significant change. Everyone is positively affected after a program or conversation with Ms Reynolds.

Ms Reynolds has an open, inclusive, flexible, outgoing and warm personality with a big heart and focused determination to achieve day-to-day, concrete results – changing leaders’ behaviors to more appropriate and proactive relationships, strengthening their performance and talent management skills, and giving them the skills for providing candid and action-oriented feedback, all the while they are achieving excellent business results.

Ms Reynolds will continue to be my primary leadership development provider and executive coach while I hold this position."

Per Lindved Madsen, PhD

Head of Global Talent Management, DAMCO

"Marcia asks the right questions to lead me to very solid decisions. She has helped me to focus and prioritize. I have been better able to look at problems in different ways, thus finding very meaningful solutions. I am a better leader today because of the coaching I received from Marcia."

Krista Endsley


"My life would not be the same without Marcia as my coach. She has guided me through a number of job changes with the bank, helping me to stay focused on the advantages instead of the difficulties. The higher I have risen in my organization, the more I find how important it is to have someone to talk to on the outside, for both the perspective and encouragement. I have referred Marcia to many of my colleagues and all have been grateful to me for finding her. She is a real treasure."

Betty Aga



Marcia Reynolds | Coaching and Training Leaders to Be More Effective through Emotional Engagement and Meaningful Conversations

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