Marina Illich

“Marina Illich Ph.D. is a Columbia and Oxford educated executive coach and leadership consultant dedicated to helping leaders develop the vision, integrity, and authenticity needed to succeed in today’s global marketplace. She provides individual and group coaching to executives in global high-tech, biotech and financial services organizations, and in early and late stage startups. Marina also designs and facilitates leadership development programs for high potential leaders at global organizations.

In 2014, she was appointed by Governor Brown to serve on the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and in 2015 she was named a Leadership Council Member at The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College in NYC.

Previously, Marina was a scholar and professor of religion, holding teaching positions at New York University, Columbia University and Barnard College. She spent over five years in Asia completing her doctoral research which examined how contemporary Buddhist leaders leverage presence, focus and emotional intelligence to foster leadership excellence.

Marina holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and is a certified coach from New Ventures West where she is currently on faculty. Her passions include qigong, travel, and anything Italian including short-pull cappuccinos.