Marie Elena is a consultant, facilitator and coach with nearly 25 years of experience in teaching, marketing and communications. She is the president of MER Leadership Design, a full-service firm that offers training, professional development and coaching to individuals, teams and organizations in need of positive change. Marie Elena is also a business specialist with A Thousand Joys, providing leadership training and coaching to senior management in the non-profit world. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies such as MasterCard, IBM and Deloitte, served as Global VP of Marketing for Datamonitor, a market intelligence and data analysis company, as well as VP of Marketing & Communications for Gilda’s Club Worldwide, a nonprofit cancer support community. Prior to that, she was a vice president at Cohn & Wolfe, NY in the Corporate/Technology Group and an executive at Brodeur Porter Novelli. Her business acumen, along with her graduate training in psychology, equip her with a unique ability to impart tangible skills for personal and professional growth, development and success. She holds a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a bachelor’s degree in classics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two children, Ryan and Alexa.