About Marie Elena Rigo

Marie Elena is an executive coach, facilitator and trainer with more than 25 years of experience. As president of MER Leadership Design, a division of MER Consulting Inc., she offers professional and personal development to individuals, teams and organizations in need of positive change.

From early-stage companies and frontline marketing agencies to non-profits, Marie Elena transforms executives into conscious and effective leaders. 

“Change comes from within, and Marie Elena is a powerful catalyst.”


Through her proprietary leadership curriculum, she teaches communication, self-awareness, people and performance management, conflict resolution and team-building skills to leaders throughout Southern California and abroad. Marie Elena also facilitates customized onsite and offsite sessions for management teams and departments. Her 1:1 coaching produces transformational results through a unique process of inquiry and profound listening.

Some of Marie Elena’s most recent clients include Zwift, Inc., Ayzenberg Group, Deutsch, Inc., The Envoy Group, Bustle Digital Group, Children’s Institute and Hillsides. Before moving to LA, she worked with Fortune 500 companies such as MasterCard, IBM and Deloitte Consulting, served as Global VP of Marketing for Datamonitor, a market intelligence and data analysis company, and VP of Marketing & Communications for Gilda’s Club Worldwide, a nonprofit cancer support community. She also held roles as vice president at Cohn & Wolfe, NY in the Corporate/Technology Group and as 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 is an ACE Certified Coach, and 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 Los Angeles with her husband and two children, Ryan and Alexa.


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