About Our President & CEO
Marion Chamberlain is the founder and CEO of Chamberlain Leadership, a corporate performance training company with a kick. A talented speaker, change agent and trainer, Marion delivers powerful programs to executives and team leaders to cultivate the energy of change. She is also the author of the upcoming book: Toss the Ruby Slippers – The Non-Fairytale Guide to Getting with you Want (early 2013).
Marion gets to the root of both important organizational, as well as, professional issues and has a unique ability to create clarity with ease. Her presentations are delivered with enthusiasm and conviction to inspire change. Her background in executive leadership, corporate strategy, environmental stewardship, and internal and external relations with departmental and executive management, shareholders, the Government, and the Media provide keen insight and guidance to audiences on communication, leadership, teambuilding, community impact, and career satisfaction.
Prior to launching Chamberlain Leadership, Marion served as the Strategic Business Planning and Sustainability Manager for a leading metropolitan transportation authority. In her role, Marion led the organization’s strategic business plan and sustainability agenda by overseeing economic feasibility and cost effectiveness modeling for tactical initiatives, implementing sustainable practices and establishing measurable return on investment, and serving as the organization’s lead for collaboration on sustainability issues with regional and national advocacy groups.
Marion also has served on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board and Subcommittee on Environment & Equity; City of Philadelphia’s Sustainability Working Group; the metropolitan planning organization’s Food System Study Stakeholder Committee; and Walnut Hill Community Farm Advisory Board.
How did I become so obsessed with leadership development and having social impact?
On November 4, 1996 on my way home from a MBA class, I was involved in a near-fatal car accident with significant internal injuries. I spent 10 days in the hospital, which included 5 days in the ICU. I was told by the physicians that it would take 7 months to physically recover. However, they didn’t know me. I was 25 and had been career-obsessed since my first job in college. I had just started a new job at a prestigious university hospital. Had a glamorous title, was managing a staff of 5 and was making great money. So, I was hell-bent on getting back to work. Well, I managed to convince the doctors that I was ready to go back after 5 weeks. On my first day back at the job, I was called over to my boss’ office to be told that I was being let go. He cited personality differences and performance issues. In a way, I had this immense sense of relief since I realized that I had been deluding myself. I hadn’t been happy in the position that I had held for 7 weeks. The workplace felt sterile. My boss was a micro-manager. I felt caged with a staff that didn’t get along.
After two years, I started to made headway in my career again with my salary level increasing back to what it had been pre-accident. However, there was something that continued to gnaw at me as I moved up the career ladder. At one point, I actually went back again in my career to a lower-level, lower-salaried position with a new company because I had become so miserable in my job that I had to just escape. I was also still heavily in my spiritual and personal development seeking mode. Finally, as I moved up the ladder again with this new organization, I tapped into what had been missing for me as I served as a corporate leader – social activism – an outlet for my need to have an impact in this world. My drive for career growth and personal development was all related to my wanting to make a mark in this world. When I was able to integrate this passion into my job, I felt fueled and elated. I also realized that I wasn’t alone. There were other corporate leaders who had that same sense of dissatisfaction with their career and were looking for more. Combining business savvy with philanthropy was the solution. And that’s what set me on my mission to bring Chamberlain Leadership to the world.