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Marina Illich, Ph.D.
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Marina Illich, Ph.D. is a Bay Area-based executive coach and leadership consultant. She supports leaders worldwide to develop the agility, vision, integrity and authenticity needed to succeed in today’s global marketplace. She is co-founder and principal at Broad Ventures Leadership, a leadership coaching practice for women, and has a separate coaching practice working with leaders in high tech and bio tech.

Previously, Marina completed a doctorate in Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and spent five years in Asia studying Tibetan Buddhist practices for developing self-awareness, focus and resilience. For over two decades, she has been researching how Tibetan leaders maintain presence, build compassion and inspire lasting followership under conditions of political and social duress.

She was recently appointed to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Entries by Marina Illich, Ph.D.

Come to Your Senses: Presence Through Embodiment

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Everywhere we turn, we are inundated with new technology: sensors, self-driving cars, drones. Times they are a changin'. How do we stay focused, clear and alive to what really matters in all of this?

In other blogs, I've written about mindfulness -- an arcane, if popular, term...

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Re-Defining Family At Holiday Time

(1) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 8:55 AM

My friend and fellow seeker/Huffington Post blogger Marina Illich and I like to untangle the hard stuff. We call it Five Minute Manna. This is what has our hearts and minds activated this holiday season: Re-defining Family

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Marry Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 5:36 PM

I don't have enough. I can't do enough. Indeed, I'm not good enough! Is this your mantra? I think it's a mantra a whole lot of us intone daily, and with a frequency we barely notice.

No surprise. Wherever we look, we are inundated with information telling us to...

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The Power of Coming Back to Joy and How it Can Help You at Work

(2) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:20 AM

As an executive coach, I work with women across the professional spectrum from high tech and bio tech to finance, hospitality and start ups. Many of the women I coach report how joyless they feel. Their calendars brim with activities, juggling product launches, organizational audits and transatlantic flights with much-needed...

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How Mindfulness Makes You Powerful

(6) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:42 PM

As an executive coach and leadership consultant, I think a lot about power in the work place and beyond. What is it? Where does it come from? How does it work?

Conventional thinking has us believe that power is the ability to push through, drive for results and get...

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The Heart of Mindfulness

(2) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:39 PM

A Sioux saying has it that the longest journey we'll ever make is the journey from our head to our heart. As an Ivy League-trained academic, some part of me still winces when I hear this kind of adage, thinking it sounds a bit trite or misguided.

But if there's...

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