Marilyn O’Hearne, MSW, MCC, is a highly experienced coach, mentor and supervisor who has worked both in the NGO and private sector in over 30 countries. She has served on the ICF Global Board of Directors, as a Board Member at the Association of Coach Training Organizations and on the Advisory Team for ICF Advance Cultural Competency Event. Marilyn is a recognized thought leader in the areas of personal bias, CQ and EQ, having published numerous articles of the topic as well as a book, Breaking Free from Bias, targeted at organizations to support them manage unconscious bias.
Marilyn’s vision is that every human being deserves the opportunity to achieve full potential, to prosper and live in peace. She believes that expanding potential, including Cultural Intelligence, results in reduced conflict while also boosting prosperity and peace. Through her work, breakthrough changes are achieved in individual, team and organizational results through renewing vision and focus leading to sustainable goal attainment rather than burn out and loss of talent.
Clients appreciate Marilyn for her deep knowledge of cross-cultural interventions gained from strong international exposure, including in Ethiopia. They also appreciate her gentle strength, warmth, humor, integrity and excellent communication skills.
Known for her generosity in contributing to the coaching profession, the community and clients alike, Marilyn has trained and mentored hundreds of coaches internationally, including through her own “Culturally Intelligent” Programs as well as through her involvement with two coach training organizations.
Marilyn has served as an NGO leader in Brazil and an Organizational Behavior and International Business University Adjunct Professor in Hong Kong and Malaysia. A lifelong learner, her post-graduate training has included Systems Theory, Mediation, Intercultural Communication, Global Coaching Supervision Certification, Advanced Diploma in Deep Transformational Coaching, Coaching and Mentoring International, Immunity to Change and Six Sigma.
Marilyn is a Thomas Leonard Achievement Award recipient, given to coaches who exemplify the visionary perspective of Thomas Leonard, a major contributor to both the profession and industry of coaching, and founder of the International Coach Federation.