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Marston Consulting was founded by Ama Marston, an international strategy & leadership expert as well as a recognized thought leader focused on Transformative Resilience, women’s & values-driven leadership, responsible & inclusive business. Ama is the coauthor of Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World (Public Affairs/ Hachette Book Group, 2018)

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She has worked on five continents with global leaders like Mary Robinson, first female President of Ireland and Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate economist, FTSE Index and Fortune 500 companies, the United Nations, Oxford University, and international foundations and NGOs. Ama has contributed to and been featured in the Guardian, New York Times, CNN Money, 800-CEO Read, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Slate, Elle UK and on ABC News, Cheddar, Nasdaq, among numerous others.

She is a frequent keynote and guest speaker. This includes forums like SXSW, which hosted Melinda Gates and Elon Musk, Silicon Valley’s Watermark Conference, Georgetown’s McDonough Business School, UC Berkely's Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Tech, Seattle Town Hall and the LA World Affairs Council.

Ama has received multiple awards, including a Women World Leaders Fellowship. She holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. She also received a Bachelors Degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

What People Are Saying

"Ama is an invaluable thought partner with an impressive range of expertise and skills. She has unique insight into ‘big picture’ systemic change and applies that analysis to detailed strategy development and people-centred approaches."

Heather Grady, Former Vice President, Rockefeller Foundation

"Ama's great [Transformative Resilience] workshop is both modern and positive. It was a winning combination of research and storytelling while being highly interactive. And I love the fresh idea of "springing forward", versus just "bouncing back."

Susan Avarde, Former Head of Global Brand, Citigroup

"Ama's presentation really helped me rethink stress at the personal and professional levels and my response to it. I liked her focus on its positive transformational potential. And her real world examples really brought the topic to life."

Randi Benavente, Senior Director, Research Partnerships, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth & Financial Inclusion

"Ama has a huge amount of experience in researching and writing about women's leadership and her insight was invaluable in our efforts to explain and amplify the results [of our women in business research]."

Dominic King, Global Research Manager, Grant Thornton Int.

"Ama is a leader, creative thinker and a risk taker in a world that needs new approaches to complex global challenges focused on social justice, rights and responsible business. She has a rare passion for and ability to move between worlds and build the capacity of others to enact change."

Chris Jocknick, Director, Oxfam Private Sector Engagement

"I have been priviledged to work with Ama on multiple projects. [She] is extremely sophisticated in her analysis of global policy issues as well as organizational development...and has outstanding problem solving, communications, research and advocacy skills."

Mila Rosenthal, Director of Communications, UNDP

Email: info@amamarston.com

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