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About Me

In addition to being a coach I am also the COO of Leadership Training Initiative and a mom, sister, daughter, spouse... I wear a lot of hats. 

My pronouns are she/her and you pronounce my name "mah-reee-koh" 


My Values


Share power, share leadership, seek consensus and solidarity.


We are not all-knowing or perfect beings. Feedback is necessary. Empathetic feedback is grace.


Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.


We are each responsible for our own learning and the impact of our actions.

My Bio

I am:

  • Excited about empowering coaching clients to embody their values and be the leaders they want to be in a world that needs great leadership.

  • Exceptionally skilled at guiding complex dialogues on topics ranging from anti-racism and systems of oppression to team dynamics and intercultural communication.

  • Constantly managing complex multifaceted projects from ideation to completion while deconstructing exploitative workplace practices and reclaiming holistic human centered approaches to getting things done.

  • Experienced working with multi-racial, multigenerational and multicultural groups in nonprofits and faith-based organizations.

  • Relational, empathetic, and collaborative in the work and the people I work with. 

  • An Enneagram 9, INFJ, Strengths: Connectedness, Empathy, Individualization, Input, Relator

I envision a world where people work together to leverage their collective wisdom and harness their collective power to overcome seemingly intractable problems. As a biracial Japanese White cis-het able bodied immigrant from Canada I bring a nuanced, both/and lens to all I do.

And if you're wondering, I have a BA in History from the University of British Columbia and a MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute. I've worked for international nonprofits and in the educational sector for most of my career. I dislike social media and going to events where I don't know anyone. I love my family, traveling, the beach and mystery novels. 


  • Certified Unconscious Bias Trainer through the Cultural Intelligence Center

  • Trauma Informed Coach through the Moving the Human Spirit (estimated completion date May 2024)

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