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Marisa Santoro    

Career Coach, Corporate Leadership Trainer, Author of "Own Your Authority", Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Marisa Santoro is a former Wall Street IT executive and the founder of the career learning platform In Our Shoes, is a career coach, corporate leadership trainer, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author of "Own Your Authority" (McGraw Hill).

Her expertise in leadership and professional development, as well as effective business communication, has been brought in to support business leaders across clients in diverse industries such as Merck, American Express, UBS, Anheuser-Busch, Allianz Global Investors, Sony Music, S&P Global, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), New York Council of Nonprofits, Women in Tech International (WITI), Aetna Healthcare, New York University (NYU), NYU Langone Medical Center, New York and New Jersey city governments and many more.

She is a TEDx speaker, and honoree of the Woman of Influence award from New York Business Journal and BizWomen.com for her years of mentoring and coaching midcareer leaders, executives, healthcare professionals, and sales leaders to achieve higher levels of influence.

She also writes a career column for American City Business Journals, covering their how-to career and business strategy sections, with articles published across 44 cities in the United States. Her TED talk, “Speaking Without Apology,” guides on how to detach from language that feeds into the “Sorry Syndrome” and make subtle tweaks in your speech to springboard you from diluting your value to spotlighting your assets immediately.

She guides professionals how to reclaim their confidence, tap into their instincts and embrace their inner dialogue using proven tactical tools, and strategies in proven step-by-step career leadership programs coaching on ways to authentically build trust as leaders and advance in their careers.

She delivers seminars, workshops, webinars, coaching, microlearning “just in time” modules, and self-paced multimedia courses to fit your organization’s training needs. Her work has been integrated to launch Women’s Leadership Initiatives, Leadership Academies, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, New Hire Programs and used in learning and development programs across government agencies, nonprofits, and organizations in the financial services, health care, real estate, education, and wine sectors.

Prior to any coaching or training program, she delivers a pre-assessment clarity questionnaire to every participant in order to assess where they are struggling in their career, what the pain points are and where they would like to be in their career, in 3, 6, 12 months’ time – their breakthrough career goals.

In the world of leadership development, there’s no shortage of advice on what to do to drive career success—but very little is said about who to be and listening to your intuition. While leadership skills are important, self-trust is the foundation that great leadership is built upon—and developing it is a deeply personal process. In Own Your Authority, career leadership expert Santoro provides the knowledge, tools, and insights you need to understand and embrace your authentic personality and trust your intuition.

“This is the heart of increasing confidence in any area,” she writes, “taking on risk in small increments, stepping into new territory, facing fears, learning, failing, growing, and circling back to take on more risk that will stretch but not freeze you.”

Great leaders communicate clearly, speak up when it matters most, and thrive on taking on measured risks. Through self-awareness, they embrace acts of discomfort every day—all in the name of learning, growing, and achieving higher levels of influence and leadership

And it all comes with self-trust and confidence.

Speech Topics


Leadership Training Development

  • Find your voice: Speaking without Apology
  • Elevate your Leadership Edge in Management
  • Own your Authority as a Thought Leader with Influence
  • Pay it Forward. Develop your High-Potential Leaders
  • From Staff to Supervisor: Own your Authority During Transition
  • Self-Promote with Ease and Authenticity
  • Negotiate What You Need in your Career
  • Fearlessly Network: Grow your Professional Pipeline
  • Course Correct with Conflict Management
  • Leadership Academy
  • New Hire Training

Job and Career Development

  • Presentation Skills that Speak Purpose and Impact
  • How to Secure Buy-In Every Time
  • Embrace your Raving Fans, to Influence Change
  • Write a Winning Resume that Promotes your Expertise
  • Navigate the Interview from Strategic Start to Smooth Finish
  • Breakthrough as a Female Leader in Technology
  • Foundations for Career Success

Mindset and Personal Development

  • Increase your Emotional Intelligence
  • Protect your Energy: Fierce Time Management
  • Breakthrough from Fear to Action
  • Own your Power in Difficult, Troubling Situations
  • The Art of Listening and Being Fully Present

Sales Leadership

  • Unleash as an Emerging Entrepreneur
  • How to Get from Where you are to Where You Want to Be

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Foundations of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Strategic Roundtable to plan your DEI Agenda
  • Make it Real. Building Inclusive Environments
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Inclusive Communication
  • Allyship

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