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 resilience.
I'm a lifelong learner of Inside Out development, currently as a Transformational Leadership Coach and Learning & Development Consultant 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 Zendesk, Logitech, and Comcast. 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 an Artificial Intelligence 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 that my work felt empty, I rarely practiced anything I was best at professionally or for fun, I'd enabled over a decade of lukewarm 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 rediscover 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 theory 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 in Co-Active Coaching through the Coaches Training Institute. I’m a co-founder of The Fight or Fight Club, an inclusive club that provides trainings to connect and develop beyond our default, survival-mode biology, toward intentional interaction, for a life of thriving (::breathe::).
Apart from cultivating meaningful relationships and deepening my personal growth, I spend some of my free time engineering transformational experiences as an Artist in Residence/Facilitator for the Asian Art Museum, experimenting with how people can be more fully human in their working lives via the CultureLabX team, curation for The Culture Conference, and advising the EQ development of a mindful smartphone app, Siempo.
“One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you
their bad advice --
though the whole house began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do, though the wind pried with its stiff fingers at the very foundations, though their melancholy was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night, and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voice behind,
the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do
– determined to save
the only life that you could save.”
― Mary Oliver, The Journey