A 20-year entrepreneur, speaker, & globally recognized business leader, Marissa’s lifetime legacy mission is to educate, equip, & empower 100 million entrepreneurs & leaders worldwide to reach their greatest personal & organizational potential.
Marissa coaches and advises other executives and leaders on how to move from their current state to desired state, and how to create a mindset of achievement, intention, and growth for themselves and for their organizations. Her engagements center around high personal accountability and proven goal-setting strategies, which are essential components for clients to reach their objectives.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development & Organizational Development, is a credentialed coach certified by International Coach Federation (ICF), is certified in Instructional Systems Design, and is a Certified Mastermind Facilitator.
Marissa is the Leadership Mindset columnist for Inc. Magazine, and is an instructor & strategy coach for Inc’s online entrepreneurship education program, Inc.Edu which leads start-up entrepreneurs through an intensive business growth curriculum.
She is the author of “My Company ROCKS!” Eight Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture That Keeps Employees Happy & Engaged,” which provides specific strategies on how to build a culture that fosters employee loyalty, engagement, and excitement.
She is also the author of the #1 best-selling book on advisory boards, “Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards”. The book leads businesses owners through her SCALE™ Model to strategically select, compensate, associate, & leverage advisory boards for breakthrough growth. Marissa is also SmartCEO Magazine’s syndicated columnist, penning a column entitled “Get on Board” which advises business owners how to strategically build advisory boards to fuel organizational growth.
Marissa also serves on the Global Communications Committee of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), the largest global organization of entrepreneurs which has 13,000 members. She is part of a team that is responsible for setting the internal communications strategy to attract, recruit, retain, and engage members.
Marissa’s 20-year entrepreneurial journey started in 1995 when she founded Information Experts, a global strategic communications and education firm, in 1995 that has served more than 15 federal agencies. She launched her firm with no outside funding after working for a man that capped her worth at $34,000. Marissa has led her firm through the implosion of the telecom and internet industries, 9/11 terrorist attacks, three recessions, three government shut-downs, the collapse of the auto, finance, & housing markets, and two cancer scares, while raising two sons as a hands-on mom.
Under her leadership through 2011, Information Experts won more than 90 awards for creativity & leadership, was named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2009, 2010, & 2011, and won the 2010 SmartCEO GovStar Industry Star Award.
Marissa’s passion of mentoring other leaders motivated her to launch Successful Culture in June 2011. Through Successful Culture she applies her 20 years of experience to help leaders achieve their highest potential through leader-to-leader coaching, build exceptional organizations to engage & inspire employees, and keep top-level talent.
She was named as a 2009, 2010, and 2011 SmartCEO Smart 100 participant by SmartCEO Magazine, which recognizes the top 100 CEOs in the region, and was named as a 2008 BRAVO Award winner, which honors the region’s 25 most influential women CEOs. In 2011, she was one of the first honorees to be inducted into the SmartCEO Hall of Fame for outstanding and exemplary women’s leadership.
She was named as one of Washington’s Top 100 Technology Titans for 2009 by Washingtonian Magazine and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Marissa was also named as one of greater Washington’s “Women Who Mean Business” by the Washington Business Journal, which honors the region’s “most influential and powerful” women executives.
Marissa and her husband Adam are the parents to two teenage “boys,” ages 15 & 18, and Lexie, a 5-year old Golden Doodle. They live in Ashburn, VA. At 5’9, Marissa is the shortest member of her family, of which she is reminded daily.