Team - North America Region

Marilyn Nagel

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Marilyn has an unusual background that includes over 30 years of experience in the corporate world as a C-Suite executive, entrepreneur and executive coach. In addition to being Chief Learning Officer of SAMI, a game based training company with a diversity focus, Marilyn has her own consulting firm Ready-Aim-Aspire. Her consulting work is widely recognized in the field of diversity and inclusion as well as women’s leadership development.

Prior to starting Ready-Aim Aspire, Marilyn served as CEO of Watermark leading strategic initiatives designed to help women in the Bay Area enhance their personal and professional impact.

Before leading Watermark, Marilyn was Chief Diversity Officer at Cisco. At Cisco, Marilyn facilitated the global I&D council, set the I&D agenda and strategy for the company, and measured progress toward goals. She enhanced Cisco's innovation, by driving policy changes to create a more inclusive environment. Marilyn was recognized as a thought leader in creating inclusive environments, and served as co-chair of the Conference Board Global Diversity Group as well as senior advisor to the Center for Talent and Innovation.

Marilyn holds a Bachelors degree in fine arts as well as two Masters degrees, one in Public Administration with a focus on organizational development and one in Social and Systemic Studies. She is also ABD on a Doctorate in Public Administration.

She serves on the Board of Directors of Ceres Community Project, and has served on the Board of Directors of Watermark, Professional Business Women of California, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), UPWARD, and Family and Children Services. Marilyn also currently serves on the Advisory Boards of The Everest Project, YOL as well as the Advisory Council of Courageous Leadership.

Marilyn is a recipient of the Women of Influence Award, the Women Leading the Way TWIN Award, Women Worth Watching award from the Diversity Journal, Black Enterprise Top Executives in Diversity, and Diversity Officer Leadership Award.

In addition to her current work with numerous startups, Marilyn also consults with fortune 500 and multinational companies on developing and implementing diversity strategies. She is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop facilitator on topics such as Building Intentional Connections, Building a Culture of Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership, Creating Influence, as well as Women’s Leadership. She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and frequently contributes to numerous publications.

Heather Andersen

Global Leadership Consultant

Heather Andersen is an Executive Coach and facilitator with over 15 years’ experience working with a wide range of Fortune 500 Companies. Tracy Ann and Heather have worked together for over 10 years – connecting when they went to India to support Cisco’s IT Development Center. Heather works with leaders to leverage powerful communication, emotional intelligence and influencing skills so they can create a visible impact in their organizations. Having lived and worked around the world she also has a passion for working with global leaders and those working to bridge cultural gaps whether between departments or countries.

She most frequently works with recently promoted senior leaders who want to develop their leadership skills to successfully meet the increased challenges of their new role. In addition to coaching individual senior leaders, she often coaches peer groups of high potential leaders. Heather also coaches in the Executive Education department’s Program for Leadership Development and the Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School.

Heather’s previous experience includes roles a Senior Facilitator and Client Strategy Consultant at Aperian Global, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm in San Francisco. Prior to that, Heather held positions as Key Account Manager, Consultant and Executive Coach at the Institute for Women’s Leadership in Redwood City, California.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire, and an MSBA in International Business with a focus on Cross-Cultural Communication from San Francisco State University. She is a New Ventures West Certified Professional Coach. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation and hold a Professional Coaching Certification (PCC). She is certified in the Hogan, Leadership Versatility Index (LVI) 360, Bar-On’s EQ-i (emotional intelligence inventory), EQ 360, and CCL’s Benchmarks.

Heather lives near Boulder, CO yet works with leaders around the world.