Marion Smith is the Founder and Lead Executive Coach and Consultant of Elemental Consulting located in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington D.C. A professionally certified Leadership Coach, Marion brings more than 20 years of business knowledge and skills to enrich her work with clients. Her business and organizational background includes organizational consulting in both the private and public sectors. Broad business and technical experience enhances her understanding of client situations and the challenges faced in companies of all sizes and industries. She coaches, consults and delivers Innovative Thinking Skills training for clients on a global basis.
Prior to working in consulting and coaching Marion's career included time spent conducting scientific research in the Biosciences sector, directing manufacturing improvement education programs in the Technology sector and leading the design and implementation of a publicly-funded pilot program in the UK to establish Employee Development Planning in small, medium and large enterprises. Her work is always driven by the will to advance methods, systems and the development and growth of people.
Marion achieved professional certification in Leadership Coaching at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and is a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). She holds the status of Chartered Biologist (C.Biol) and Member (MRSB) with the prestigious Royal Society of Biology in the UK and has a Postgraduate in Information Technology from the University of West of Scotland. Additional professional recognitions include certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) awarded by the Association of Operations Management (APICS) and a Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy.
A certified trainer of the DiSC Assessment System, Marion is also certified to deliver the Hogan Leadership Forecast Series and Team Management Systems (TMS) assessments. She offers individual, 360 and team development assessments in support of her individual and team coaching services. In addition, she is a certified trainer and facilitator of the de Bono Thinking Systems Six Thinking Hats® and Lateral Thinking methodologies for structured and innovative thinking. Marion has developed and delivers a range of skills development programs which include Effective Communication for Performance & Impact and Emotional Intelligence for Optimal Performance.
Recent client engagements have included Executive Coaching and/or Training Program delivery across a range of organizations/sectors, including, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Device Manufacturers, Government Agencies including the Intelligence Community, Finance, Technology, Telecommunications, Energy and the US Marine Corps Systems Command.
When coaching, consulting and training, Marion works with her clients to raise their self-awareness and increase understanding of situations and opportunities they face. She supports and challenges clients to uncover and explore their potential, enabling achievement of important personal and organizational goals. Her ability to focus on core issues and possibilities while considering the 'big picture' allows identification of key areas for impact and improvement. Working with integrity and focusing on her clients' needs she offers leaders and executives a business relationship based on trust, confidential discussion and the exploration of opportunities and practical solutions for personal growth and the resolution of issues.