Marlena Fiol, PhD, is a globally recognized author, scholar and speaker. She is a spiritual seeker whose work explores the depths of who we are and what’s possible in our lives. Her significant body of publications on the topic, coupled with her own raw identity-changing experiences, makes her uniquely qualified to write about personal transformational change. She is also a certified tai chi instructor and freelance writer whose most recent work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and newsletters.
Before launching into the world of literary nonfiction, she enjoyed an active career of professional and academic teaching, consulting and training. She has served as a senior editor of two international journals; she is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, a 20,000-member international professional association of scholars and organizations established in 1936, and was co-founder of one of its major divisions. Marlena was also a partner in a national consulting/speaking organization. She holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Illinois and has taught on the faculties of New York University and the University of Colorado.
Marlena has steadfastly devoted herself to supporting her students and clients in identifying and removing the barriers to realizing their dreams. She considers every blog, essay, book or workshop an opportunity to share her insights with others, as well as learn more about her own transformational journey. She finds great joy in the outpouring of others’ similar life stories. Her firm belief is that we all want to be heard and understood.
Marlena feels blessed to walk this journey with her husband and soulmate, Ed O’Connor, and together they find both light playfulness and intense joy in their relationships with their two young grandsons. They live in lush, green Eugene, Oregon, in the summer and in the fierce desert of Arizona in the winter.