Marla’s activity-based approach to learning has inspired thousands of people to experiment and evolve their leadership. Whether coaching executives on effective communication, facilitating innovation workshops or designing new leadership development offerings for companies big and small, Marla aims to make her work practical, useful and memorable.
Marla has taught on every continent but Antarctica. She has advised executives and partnered with L&D professionals across industries, e.g., health care and pharmaceuticals, professional and financial services, consumer goods, beverages and technology. Marla is attuned to cultural differences across audiences and organizations. She ensures that her approach, content and methods match the people.
Marla earned her BA and MA degrees from Stanford University and her PhD from Duke University. She taught at INSEAD in France, had a front row seat at Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley and spent more than a decade partnering with clients at Duke Corporate Education. Marla has served on the board and board committees for local non-profits. She has been a people leader and mentor. She has authored and co-authored business books, articles, simulations and cases. In addition to her corporate work, Marla teaches in the MMCi program at Duke University School of Medicine.