Marlene Ogawa | Strategic Partner​

Marlene Ogawa Strategic Partner

Marlene is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she works with cross- and multi-sectoral leaders on the Bridging Leadership project, building collaborative and purpose-driven servant leadership principles. Her work centers on relational leadership and social connectedness, emphasizing personal change, common purpose, and collaborative action.

Marlene partners with clients to design and facilitate processes around compassionate leadership and foster effective intercultural diversity, equity, and inclusion (ICDEI) environments. She designs strategic development processes, leads courses, and consults on and facilitates various ICDEI and organizational development initiatives around themes like race, gender, and social transformation. Marlene’s approach encourages impactful dialogue spaces and focuses on building the capacity of leaders to hold space, lead teams, and model the institution’s vision. She is the author of several publications, including the book, Thriving Women, Thriving World: An Invitation to Dialogue, Healing and Inspired Actions.

Marlene has a degree from the University of Johannesburg and various certificates in project management and ICT. Her experience working with decision makers across diverse sectors, including philanthropy, children/youth services, academia, local governance, and the broader business and development sector, has enriched her work, equipping her with tools from cutting-edge methodologies, including World Café, Open Space Technology, and Appreciative Inquiry.

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