Described as brilliant, hilarious, awesomesauce and so engaging you’ll forget to eat your snacks, Marianne has trained over 10,000 people in nearly every state. Recently she was recognized as one of the top trainers in America. She is the founder of Work Warrior, a company that helps people manage themselves and others.
Before deciding to go out on her own, Marianne spent over a decade in corporate America in leadership and management roles. She discovered people can learn to be a good managers. However, not if they can’t manage themselves, their fears, their biases, and their emotions. In 2010 Marianne received her Master’s in Organizational Development from Avila University.
Marianne grew up in Kansas City, and now resides in Lincoln, Nebraska. She loves glitter, superhero shirts, exclamation points, and Mini Coopers. She prides herself on being a mediocre road warrior and loves collecting stamps in both her National Park passport and her real one! She speaks fluent emoji and when she isn’t traveling you can find her running around town with her mini golden doodle named AlexanderHamilton.
A little Q&A with MCW
Q: If you could learn one magic spell that would do something boring, what would it be?
A: Go to the grocery store and pick up my groceries. I love looking through recipes and making lists. I hate going to the grocery store. While I know that there is grocery delivery which would eliminate the need for this magic spell, they never can quite deliver fast enough.
Q: What’s something most people get wrong?
A: We don’t seek to understand enough. We are amazing assumption makers and we assume we know the why behind why people act the way they do. But we don’t. So instead of asking why someone did something…or said something…we assume we know. And we are almost alway wrong.
Q: What historical figure wasn’t as great as most people think they were?
A: The person who created sliced bread. I don’t understand the phrase “that’s the greatest thing since sliced bread,” I feel there’s a lot of things better than that. And so whoever invented sliced bread…you get waaaaay too much credit.
Q: What three events have had the biggest impact on your life up to this point?
A: Well, if I have to narrow it to three…
- The first time I went overseas. I really believe when you see the world, you care about the world. So I guess one could say that’s when I really wished I would have paid more attention in world history class.
- Learning to pack a carryon and realizing just how much stuff I DON’T need in my life.
- My education. My undergrad taught me to read, write and think. My Master’s taught me to fall in love with human behavior.
Q: What’s the most irritating food?
A: Lettuce. It has zero purpose. It tastes like nothing and is nasty. I despise lettuce so much I tell servers at restaurants that I’m allergic to it so it ensures that I can send the food back if there’s lettuce on the plate.
Meet AlexanderHamilton, Marianne’s very loved mini golden doodle. Called AH for short, he is so much more than a puppy. He represents the goodness that can come on the other side of really tough stuff. For years he was only a twinkle in the eye of Marianne, but after a separation and a move she decided it was time to make him a real live thing. Born on January 5th, 2018 it was love at first sight…and when they met, they both knew their world would never be the same!
AH loves bacon, bow ties, good manners, belly rubs, snuggles, and learning new tricks to impress all those he encounters. He understands the importance of having a strong why (something instilled in him from his Work Warrior training) and spends his time reminding all those he meets that the world is a good and kind place whenever a puppy is around.
When he isn’t busy picking out his bow tie you can find him bringing awareness to homeless dogs in Lincoln, NE, asking for any type of human food, and making new friends. Like his pupent, he love sequins and superhero shirts and can often be found wearing both. He loves attention so if you happen to be strolling past the Mill, or hanging out at the Foundry in Lincoln, don’t be afraid to pop in and give him a high five or head scratch. I promise the two of you will BFFs.