So about me...
I blend adult developmental psychology, inner relationship cultivation, + Emotional Intelligence (EQ) development, within the art and science of research-backed learning as a Leadership Coach & People Developer.
I'm Marisol (MacGregor)
I've spent my life bridging the gap between human development and fulfillment at work. I discovered that I (like many) was "doing" it all wrong––developing myself a as human DOING vs. a human BEING and forcing myself into external achievement, before I learned to develop a much more generative, inner landscape.
I'm a lifelong learner of Inside Out development, currently as a Transformational Leadership Coach and Learning & Development Professional for diverse, collaborative teams and individuals, within emotional intelligence (EQ), strengths-based development, inclusion, and interpersonal communication (psychological safety).
I've consulted for various companies within the emotional intelligence and employee development spaces, including Logitech and Zendesk. Previously, I managed Global Learning & Development Programs within Zendesk, a 'Fortune top-10 tech company to work for'. I shaped global, companywide interpersonal training programs to innovate and develop employee and team relational foundations, and oversaw employee engagement and feedback programs.
Prior to finding my sweet spot in People Development several years ago, I spent 7 years in innovative, global tech companies working to develop people within Product Management and Product Marketing lead roles, including at a face-recognition company acquired by Google, and an interactive video site acquired by Zoosk.
A longer story...
My shift to People Development was part of my journey to 'inside' transformation. After ~10 years architecting a career of creative and engaging experiences within cutting-edge technology, in alignment with my financial goals––you know, "success"––I crashed into the wall of "Is that all there is?!". Hindsight showed me that my work felt empty, I rarely practiced anything I was best at professionally or for fun, I'd enabled over a decade of spirit-dampening romantic relationships, spent my free time in negative friendships, and it had been over 10 years since I'd even picked up a fiction book, journaled, or really attuned to my body (despite having been a competitive gymnast, avid athlete, and writer when I was younger).
I followed an internal pull to take a year away from my working life, to switch gears and re-discover passion, so, I followed my gut to South America. That's when I made best friends with what I call my "inner observer"––the part of me that observes all of the decisions and reactions that I'm influencing in my life. And it delivered me a big wakeup call––my world of external living had desiccated the meaning, connectedness, and abundance that I (and all of us) can live within when in a place of FLOW.
So it was time to live with more flow. I've since been answering a calling to transform myself, my relationships, and the human connection of people with each other and within their work. I've always been drawn to psychology, but turned off by its focus on pathology, so it was a huge deal when I discovered that adult developmental psychology and developmental coaching focus on expanding people's mindsets, perspectives, and sense of connection. More importantly, I discovered my capacity to transform and deepen, to trust myself and the aliveness I was feeling, more and more. I've transformed, re-formed, and continue to deepen the connection across my personal life of friendships, colleagues, and family.
I now work with high-impact people who are on the path to empowerment, more meaning, and flow, by upgrading the way we respond to the world from our inner environment. I coach executives and managers at leading-edge tech companies and startups, on developing their skills of interpersonal connectedness, resilience, and aliveness, to bring foundational changes to their personal and professional lives.
I hold a B.A. in Psychology and Business Marketing from the University of Southern California and trained through the Coaches Training Institute. Apart from cultivating meaningful relationships and deepening my personal growth, I spend some of my free time experimenting with how people can be more fully human in their working lives, leading San Francisco events for CultureLabX, curating a monthly leadership newsletter for The Culture Conference, and advising the EQ development of a mindful phone interaction app, Siempo.
The Shambhala Warrior, Joanna Macy
Working Together (and other poetry), David Whyte
Desiderata, Max Ehrmann
In Blackwater Woods, Mary Oliver
The Ecstatic Life of Rumi, On Being
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
― Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum