About Marie Elena Rigo

Marie Elena is a consultant, facilitator, trainer and coach with more than 25 years of experience. She is the president of MER Leadership Design, a full-service firm that offers professional and personal development to individuals, teams and organizations in need of positive change.

From frontline marketing agencies to social services and mental health organizations, Marie Elena transforms executives into conscious and leaders.

“You consistently, naturally, model the ability and willingness to approach, and to be in the midst of what is difficult.”

Marie Elena has been a business specialist with A Thousand Joys, developing curriculum and providing training and coaching to senior management in the non-profit world for more than a decade. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as MasterCard, IBM and Deloitte, served as Global VP of Marketing for Datamonitor, a market intelligence and data analysis company, as well as VP of Marketing & Communications for Gilda’s Club Worldwide, a nonprofit cancer support community. Prior to that, she was a vice president at Cohn & Wolfe, NY in the Corporate/Technology Group and an executive at Brodeur Porter Novelli. Her business acumen, along with her graduate training in psychology, equip her with a unique ability to impart tangible skills for personal and professional growth, development and success.

Marie Elena holds a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a bachelor’s degree in classics from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband and two children, Ryan and Alexa.

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