Interview with Marina Illich, Ph.D.

Leading with the Head, Heart and Gut

Dr. Marina Illich is a Columbia and Oxford University trained educator and leadership coach dedicated to helping leaders develop the agility, vision, integrity, and authenticity needed to add genuine value to the global community while succeeding in today’s global marketplace. Her expertise includes helping clients identify and align with their values and adopt new frames of reference to optimize individual and team performance. Marina teaches a unique combination of emotional, social and somatic intelligence designed to integrate head, heart and body and help clients become exemplary leaders, influencers and innovators. An Asia expert with global work experience, Marina brings deeply human solutions to business challenges, believing that personal mastery is the key to modeling and embodying transformational leadership.

Prior to her work as a leadership coach, Marina was a scholar and professor of religion. As part of her doctoral research, Marina examined how contemporary Tibetan leaders align the intelligences of head, heart and gut to generate resilience, strategic vision, and effective communication under highly volatile political and social conditions. Through her studies of Tibetan leadership models with the Dalai Lama and Tibetan leaders across China, Tibet, India, Nepal, the UK and Belgium, Marina gained firsthand experience of how transformational leadership emerges from personal mastery, integrity and empathy.

An experienced facilitator, she has designed and led dozens of seminars on transformational leadership to culturally diverse audiences. A former visiting professor at New York University and teaching fellow at Columbia University and Barnard College, and a cross-cultural mediator and interpreter for the Federal Immigration Courts, Marina brings a passion for communicating complex ideas to culturally diverse audiences.

To find out more about Marina's work, visit: Broad Ventures Leadership


  Listen to or download the Interview with Marina Illich