Marian Head is the CEO of a multi-million dollar wellness business and author of the award-winning Revolutionary Agreements: Twelve Ways to Transform Stress and Struggle into Freedom and Joy. Whether facilitating ground-breaking international conferences or leading corporate teams to peak performance, Marian’s passion for community building and her gift for designing collaborative processes has literally changed the world.
A pioneer in business, government, and education, Marian has had the opportunity to serve Fortune 500 companies like AT&T and Federal Express, and world leaders such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Vice President Al Gore, and President Mikhail Gorbachev. She was honored as one of the top leaders in the training profession by the International Society for Performance and Instruction while at the U.S. Senate as its first Training Director. That same professional association invited her to chair their prestigious international awards committee to select the Outstanding Instructional Program of the Year in 1983.
Following her Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Catholic University of America in 1976, Marian gave back to her alma mater by creating and teaching their first graduate level Business Communications course. Later, when she moved to Colorado, she and her husband Glenn initiated and co-chaired the nation’s first graduate department of Leadership and Organizational Transformation.
Marian founded Marlin Press in 1983, initiating the first “Professional Trainer’s Collection” to serve corporate trainers and managers, and to provide a venue for her colleagues’ publications. Marlin Press published its first international award-winning book in 1984. Two decades later, Marian published her own award-winner, Revolutionary Agreements, based on principles that have served hundreds of thousands around the world in living in greater peace with themselves and others.
When Barbara Marx Hubbard met Marian Head in 1986, she said to Marian, “You are living the vision that I speak to audiences about.” Barbara and Marian became close friends and colleagues. Working together with citizen diplomat Rama Vernon, with Barbara as Program Chair and Marian as Program Coordinator, they created Soviet-American Citizens’ Summits in Washington, D.C. and Moscow at the end of the Cold War. As a result, thousands of participants birthed hundred of collaborative projects of common interest that served both nations and the world.
During that same period, Marian had the extraordinary experience of co-creating and facilitating the first Global Forums of Parliamentary and Spiritual Leaders in Oxford and Moscow. The Oxford meeting was widely regarded as the largest gathering of church and state in modern times, bringing together parliamentarians from 80 nations with leaders of the five major religions to collectively address issues of human survival.
Today, Marian applies her compassionate leadership towards transforming society’s ailing health care and justice systems. As CEO of Head2Wellness, a multi-million dollar home-based business, Marian says she is “solving the health care crises…one healthy person at a time.” In addition to serving her customers with personalized health plans, she trains and mentors other home-based wellness business owners.
In 2004, she rejoined the board of Global Family, a UN NGO for which she served on the 1986 founding board. A consummate pioneer, in 2008 Marian helped to birth a new non-profit, The National Environmental Public Advocates (NEPA), headed by Robert Martin, EPA Ombudsman to three U.S. Presidents. The NEPA serves communities threatened by toxic contaminants by focusing on educating citizen advocates. One of every four U.S. citizens lives within five miles of an egregious, federally-recognized toxic site. Clearly, Marian is not frightened away by the magnitude of our nation’s problems.
Next, she took on the criminal justice system! In 2009, her passion for restorative justice landed her as President of the Board of Teaching Peace, the parent organization for her community’s alternative to the penal system. The Longmont Community Justice Partnership reports a 10% recidivism rate for offenders who took responsibility to repair the harm they caused to their victims and community. This number is especially meaningful when compared to the national re-offense average for the penal system of nearly 70%. Beyond the statistics is the even more significant human factor: in a respectful process victims are heard, offenders have the opportunity to repair their harm and rebuild relationships, and all are invited to become contributing members of their community. With over two million people in our nation’s jails, Marian is passionately supporting her community’s model of restorative justice while raising the national awareness of this cost-effective alternative to a criminal justice system that is no longer working.
For more than 25 years, whether serving her corporate consulting clients, co-charing the first graduate department on Leadership and Organizational Transformation, service on non-profit boards, or parenting her son Michael with her husband and business partner Glenn, Marian has exemplified living by a set of agreements known as the “Revolutionary Agreements,” and is the award-winning author of a book by that same name.
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