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Marcia Reynolds
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Dr. Marcia Reynolds speaks globally on leadership topics and coaches top talent employees in making big decisions and building important relationships. She has coached leaders, delivered leadership, coaching and emotional intelligence classes, and spoken at conferences for clients in 34 countries. She has also presented at Harvard Kennedy School, Cornell University, and Smith College.

In addition to her bestseller Wander Woman: How High-Achieving Women Find Contentment and Direction, she authored Outsmart Your Brain and The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs, and has been quoted on women's issues and personal development topics in many publications including Harvard Management Review,, Psychology Today and The New York Times and has appeared on ABC World News.

A pioneer in the coaching profession, Marcia was 5th president of the International Coach Federation and one of the first to earn the designation Master Certified Coach.

Marcia’s doctoral degree is in organizational psychology with a research emphasis on the challenges and needs of smart, strong goal-driven women in today’s workplace.

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Why Is 'Orange Is the New Black' So Popular?

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 6:08 PM

After watching three episodes of Orange is the New Black, season 3, I find that it is not as terrifying or funny as the previous episodes, and I am grateful. The series continues to humanize the women, sharing their stories, their challenges, and how even when there a moments of...

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How to Use Yoga Wisdom at Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 7:34 PM

Did you know that you don't have to find the space and time to do the poses to practice yoga? There is an amazing new book about integrating the wisdom of yoga on the job to expand or enhance your work life experience called Yoga Wisdom at Work....

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Are You Facing a Quarter or Midlife 'Crisis'?

(4) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 2:18 PM

This past year, I have had numerous reporters ask me to explain what women go through in their mid-life crisis and why women around the age of 29 are going through a quarter-life crisis. I was included in a televised discussion this week on HuffPost Live...

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Where Are All the Angry Women?

(14) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 1:00 PM

I was reading a report by McKinsey and Company on Unlocking the Full Potential of Women at Work. It reminded me of all the articles I read when I started researching my book seven years ago. The statistics, problems and calls to action were the same....

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Choosing What to Wear to Work

(3) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 3:00 PM

In my last corporate position before I created my own company, I was determined to make a statement with my fashion choices in a male-dominated tech company. I let my long, big hair flow freely. I wore brightly colored dresses or red-jacketed pants suits. I was clearly rebelling against "the...

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What Ambition in Women Looks Like

(6) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 1:10 PM

The first time I heard Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, say that women lack ambition, I thought, "She's an executive, not a researcher. This idea will be disproved." Yet she continues to be given a platform to tell this story. People continue to listen. This is another low...

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Do Mean Girls Win At Work?

(21) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 9:44 AM

Recently, the Little Pink Book sent out a post titled Do Mean Girls Win? The author cited evidence that "the attitude that you have to be a 'mean girl' to get ahead doesn't seem to be losing steam." I disagree with this perspective, but I do agree with...

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Why We Need to Support Men

(537) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 4:35 PM

There is an identity evolution going on around the world. Economic necessity has spurred women to be more self-sufficient and confident both at work and at home. This reality has put a dent in male dominance. However, the result is not the "End of Men" as many

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2011 | 2:30 PM

Quoting Stewart Brand, editor of the Whole Earth catalog, Steve Jobs told the 2005 Stanford graduating class to "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." The words described how Jobs lived his life. He didn't live to fit into the system. He lived to create what he thought was...

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10 Steps Toward Making Peace With Food

(19) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 8:00 AM

I am often nauseated by the messages sent out in the media to women through television shows and advertising. What they present as good and bad for us shapes not just our buying habits and self-image but also how we see each other.

This topic came up in a recent...

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Praising "The Feminine" Is Discriminating

(95) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 7:01 PM

Writing a book about today's smart, strong women has given me a chance to work around the world with females dedicated to achieving goals. Each experience has deepened my resolve to open people's eyes to two facts:

  1. To talk about women as if they are all alike and want the...
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Three Ways Women Can Better Manage Their Careers

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 12:24 PM

I love working with women, but I am sad that in most cases, the companies they work for only half-heartedly support women's programs. Leaders cheer on the women who lead and participate in them, but the programs remain underfunded and have done little to effect real corporate change. Generally, they...

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Why McKinsey Has Women's Empowerment All Wrong

(31) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 4:12 AM

Many people eagerly sent me the Wall Street Journal article, "Coaching Urged for Women." The article heralded the McKinsey & Co. report released this month that claimed that "inadequate career development holds back female executives." As a result of their research, they surmised that the lack of women...

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We Survive Through Community, Not Individualism

(6) Comments | Posted April 4, 2011 | 8:20 PM

A friend of mine forwarded the following email to me. It came from a woman in Sendai following the earthquake and tsunami. I keep thinking that there has to be a way to capture this sense of community and caring for one another without having to have a crisis.

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When Women Talk About Themselves, They Earn More

(11) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 11:45 AM

In a recent survey of working adults conducted by Accenture, 68 percent of the women thought it took hard work and long hours to advance in a company. The result often leaves women feeling burned out, and in some cases, they don't even choose to move up the...

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How to Distinguish Yourself in Today's Workplace

(7) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 7:48 AM

Do you know how the uprisings in the Middle East will affect the average American? If you are in business, you should know. You can't help but be affected by major happenings around the globe. Knowing this can give you the competitive edge you need in business.

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It's Time for a Corporate Women's Uprising

(57) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 8:51 AM

You've heard the phrase, "If you want something done, you have to do it yourself." If this is true, then it is time for women to rise up together and demand a change in our corporate leadership. What will it take for women to stage an effective uprising against the...

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Working Women: How to Play the 'Who You Know' Game

(25) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 2:47 AM

In my research, I have found that today's high-achieving women are confident in their abilities and not worried about anyone discovering that they are frauds as research in previous years described working women. Today's ambitious women know they are smart and capable, and they love getting new challenges...

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Yoga and Homemaking: The New Future of Women?

(29) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 9:33 AM

Yes, I've seen an increase in the women who take yoga classes in the past year. No, I don't think this means that women are moving their journey inward to find peace of mind.

A friend of mine gave me a copy of the article in the Jan. 9 issue...

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China's Secret Weapon: Women

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2011 | 2:30 PM

I recently spent two weeks in China teaching public classes in leadership, emotional intelligence and coaching skills. Although the participants were eager to learn, they kept telling me that their situations were different from the West. At first I agreed, assuming they were right based on my Western view of...

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