Marie is an energetic, fun, creative and enthusiastic people builder. She has worked in the municipal and non-profit industries for over 35 years and long ago adopted one of the FISH! mantra’s “Who are you Being when you are doing what you are doing?” into her daily mentoring and coaching of her teams. Marie recently retired from the City of Huntington Beach in Southern California as the Director of Organizational Learning and Engagement and is now the Owner and Chief Influencer of Knight Leadership Solutions. In addition to her government experience, she also spent several years in the non-profit industry as the Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange County Alliance. Within every agency she has worked, she has been a leader in the training and development of the organization’s team and has introduced the FISH! Principles to thousands of staff through the years.
Throughout her career Marie has had a keen focus on the development of her profession’s greatest asset – people. Marie is a highly sought out trainer, workshop leader, mentor, coach, and keynote speaker, in the areas of Strategic Planning, Employee Development, Customer Service, Leadership Development, Talent Management, Change Management, Corporate Culture, Telling Your Story, Non-profit Board Development, Time Management, and Creating High Performing Teams. She has created several award-winning corporate culture programs and is Certified Coach, Speaker, Teacher, and Trainer for the John Maxwell Team, and a Certified Behavioral Specialist in the Maxwell Method of DISC.
Marie has conducted hundreds of workshops, training sessions, retreats, and keynote speeches for various government, business, and non-profit agencies throughout the state of California and the country.
Marie is a proud mother of two dynamic, independent, and amazing daughters, is an active volunteer in her community, a Trustee with the Emlen W. Hoag Foundation, and a Ministry Leader at Saddleback Church.