Marina von Bergen, ACC, MAM
As an American citizen who grew up in England, France, Germany and Switzerland, I was encouraged at a young age to explore the world and take a global view in life. My personal and professional experiences led me all around the world, learning how to interact and collaborate with individuals of all backgrounds, ethnicities and ages. Embracing such diversity from so early on has been beneficial to my career, enabling me to be comfortable in a wide array of organizational environments and with individuals from entry level all the way through the C-suite.
CREDENTIALS & CERTIFICATIONS
Even with no formal training, experience or credentials, anyone can hang a shingle on their door and call themselves a coach. Being a certified coach, on the other hand, doesn’t guarantee quality coaching. But credentialing by a highly reputable organization does ensure that the coach is trained on important principles and techniques. It creates a common language that gives clients peace of mind.
I am an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). I am also an Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach through the highly recognized and respected College of Executive Coaching. In addition, I am a certified executive coach through Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, which is the world’s premier executive coaching company with the largest network of top coaches all certified in the same coaching process. And finally, I am certified to administer the highly credible and insightful EQ-i 2.0 and EQ360 assessments with my clients. These assessments are widely regarded as the most effective in their field, and my personal experience with them confirms that.
I am a certified Prosci Change Management professional. Prosci is the longest standing organization that has truly mastered and led the field of change management, and sets the gold standard for all other organizations wishing to make a mark in this area.
I am a certified executive coach through Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching, which is the world’s premier executive coaching company with the largest network of top coaches all certified in the same coaching process. Ranked as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker by Harvard Business Review and Thinkers 50, Marshall Goldsmith’s coaching process has been used by more than 150 of the Fortune 500’s top leaders to take their performance to the next level.
I am certified to administer the highly credible and insightful EQ-i 2.0 and EQ360 assessments with my clients and their teams. These assessments are widely regarded as the most effective in their field, and my personal experience with them confirms that. I am also Hogan Assessment certified, which is the leading assessment for C-suite executives.
Prior to establishing mergerminded, I worked as a human capital and change management M&A consultant for a global management consulting firm, adding value in the areas of expertise that I’m now providing directly to clients.
I began my career in the world of management consulting, working for global firms such as Deloitte as well as smaller boutique consulting firms. I then entered the field of corporate event planning, where I was responsible for leading the many teams that organized events for thousands of people.
As my career progressed, I rose quickly in the organizations I worked for, often being promoted faster than most, enjoying increasing responsibilities leading global teams and large initiatives. I learned early on that people at all levels of the organization, from entry-level analysts to C-suite leaders, shared the same fundamental needs as members of their organizations. That lesson, along with my global worldview that focuses on commonalities instead of differences, enabled me to create a natural and effective rapport with leaders at the highest levels.
Growing up in England and then mostly Switzerland, I had the privilege of receiving excellent education in both countries. In Switzerland, I attended the Swiss public schools through high school – it was there that I became the precise, punctual and process-oriented person that I am today!
I hold a Masters in Management in Global Workforce Collaboration from Saybrook University. The coursework was perfectly designed for senior-level professionals working in an international environment, and the learning experience was enhanced by real-life application of the tools and methodologies we were studying. Coursework included:
– Sustainable 21st Century Organizational Systems, Behavior and Cultures
– Global Economies, Markets and Supply Chains
– Managing Distributed Organizations
– Dispersed Workforce Characteristics, Environments and Issues
– Designing and Managing Collaborative Workplace Systems and Virtual Teams
– Systems Thinking, Analytics and Ethical Decision Making
– Managing and Engaging HR-Domestic and International Principles, Practices and Issues
– Managing Across Cultures
– The Network Organization: Evolving Communication Systems and Strategic Partnerships
– Strategic Information Systems, Knowledge Economies, and Technology
– Social Network Analysis, Partnership Facilitation, and Conflict Resolution
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Purdue University, with a minor in psychology.
A Bit More Info…
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On a Personal Note...
A balanced life is just as much about leisure as it is about work. Work hard, play hard. When I am not busy engaging with clients, I tend to be busy involved in any number of personal pursuits. My hobbies include portrait photography, volunteering at the Houston SPCA (animal shelter), reading lots of non-fiction, running (I am currently training for a half marathon), and of course, spending lots of time with my cats and friends. I am also on the Board of Directors of my local ICF Houston chapter, and am an active member of other organizations that support my personal and professional aspirations.
Working in a global environment requires resilience, an open mind, patience, and a sense of adventure. Those who are most successful at navigating the global corporate landscape are those who have done so for many years. I have lived and worked extensively throughout Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and North America, and I speak Spanish and French. With a little practice, I would even be comfortable in German again. When choosing an individual to work with your international teams, be selective and picky – hand-pick an individual like myself who can not only talk the talk, but also walk the walk when it comes to excelling in a fast-paced and demanding global environment.