bonnie-marcus-headshot Award winning entrepreneur, Forbes and Business Insider contributing writer, Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., assists professional women to successfully navigate the workplace and position and promote themselves to advance their careers, and consults with companies to retain and support their female talent.

A popular keynote speaker, Bonnie inspires and motivates the audience to embrace their ambition and take control of their careers. Her book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead (Wiley, March 2015) offers women a proven process to get the promotions they deserve.

Bonnie’s latest research on women and ambition is highlighted in the new report, Lost Leaders in the Pipeline: Capitalizing on Women’s Ambition to Offset the Future Leadership Shortage, which she co-authored with Lisa Mainiero, PhD. The study addresses the challenges women face sustaining their ambition and how companies can best retain their top female talent.

With 20+ years of sales and management experience, Bonnie’s extensive business background includes CEO of a ServiceMaster company and VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and two others national companies in the healthcare and software industries. She has held executive positions in startup companies and Fortune 500 companies.

Bonnie started her corporate career at an entry-level position and worked her way up to the top of a national company by using her savvy promotion and relational skills. Her passion is now to help other women learn to be sensitive to the culture of their organization, embrace the politics, and actively and intentionally move their careers forward with a sound strategic plan. honored Women’s Success Coaching three years in a row as one of the Top 100 Websites for Professional Women stating, “Women’s Success Coaching weighs on the many building blocks of empowering women in business, from assertive communication to self promotion to sensitivity training.”

In addition to Forbes, Bonnie has been published in WomenEntrepreneur, Business Insider, Daily Worth, Women in HR, and Central Valley Business Times. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Huffington Post, Fortune, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, Diversity MBA, Levo League, Upstart Business Journal, Psychology Today, Crains NY Business, Men’s Health, and CIO Magazine.

Bonnie received a BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University. She is an IPEC certified executive coach, and has been cited as a top 100 Keynote Speaker 2019 by Databird Research Journal and honored by Global Gurus as one of the world’s top 30 coaches in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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What People Are Saying

I met Bonnie at a Senior Women's Leadership Event run by Barnard College and hosted by my employer. I was so impressed with Bonnie that I hired her shortly after to be my coach. It was one of the best investments I ever made. Bonnie helps me manage my career with the same discipline that I manage my business. I was able to achieve clarity around my career goals, put in place an action plan and focus on execution. Within a few months of working with Bonnie that long sought after promotion came through. Thank you Bonnie!— Patricia Gomes
Managing Director

Bonnie is an excellent speaker. Her presentation to the Citi Women Network on “The Anatomy of a Blindside” was truly outstanding. Bonnie made it clear to all of the women who attended the presentation that in order to avoid being blindsided in their careers that they must embrace and understand the importance of workplace politics, assess their influence and value-add, and build allies and bridges across their organizations. Bonnie has forced all who attended her presentation to look outside of their comfort zones and embrace the informal influences that shape their careers. Bonnie is engaging and her insights and guidance should be heard by every professional women.— Heather Finn
Citigroup Global Markets

Bonnie definitely knows where the bodies are buried when it comes to women in the workplace. Her questions were intelligent and I had a fabulous time on her show. It is definitely a must-hear for any women interested in navigating the political terrain at work.— Vickie Sullivan
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