The Impact of Successful Culture on Companies Committed to Growth
Scott Koval and I hired Marissa to come on board to coach us with the development of our partnership for JS Realty. She has not only successfully assisted us in the development and launch of JS Realty, she has pushed us past our comfort levels and assisted us in accomplishing so much more than we dreamed of. She is truly an expert in her field, willingly gives her time, resources and advice. She leaves you with no doubt that she is really there to support your goals and beyond. Marissa is a true visionary, quick to respond, truly cares about her clients and their mission. Looking to hire the best of the best? Look no further. Marissa Levin delivers results!
— Sarah K. Taylor, Co-Realty, LLC
As a current client and business owner, I have been able to see first hand the skills and talents Marissa possesses when it comes to helping to add precision and guidance to Vector. Marissa has an uncanny talent for spotting holes and then filling them quickly in my firm. Her ability to strategically align Vector on its mission to become the best in our field is simply amazing. What she has done with Successful Culture has made her number one in her industry for very good reason.
— Marc Berman, President & CEO, Vector Technical Resources; World Class Technical Staffing and Recruiting
As an entrepreneur, I have ambitious goals to grow my small business into a mighty business. In order to do so, I have needed to address my two my biggest challenges. First, staying focused and second, being accountable. Marissa has been the catalyst that I needed to do both things. She has been able to help me create focused and strategic goals and help me reign in (but not suppress) my entrepreneurial ADD. Her tools have helped me manage, leverage and maximize my time to achieve those goals. I have a clear idea of what step 1, 2, 3 and 100 look like as my business grows.
Marissa also holds me accountable at a very high level. She is not resistant to telling you exactly what she thinks in an honest and loving way. She does not allow me to make excuses. As a business owner, I have always been accountable to my clients and my employees but I am not accountable to the business. Marissa has changed that.
When I have faced the usual array of business set-backs, Marissa has been great in being that coach who helps me pick myself up, dust off and keep trudging. Having the support and knowing that I can always pick up the phone to brainstorm through an issue has been key for me when I have been in a business triage mode.
Marissa surrounds herself with incredible people. The introductions and connections she has made have been very beneficial to my business. I consider having Marissa as my coach and on my side as a wonderful asset.
–Ati Williams, Founder & CEO, DC HomeBuzz
I hired Marissa Levin from Successful Culture as my executive coach for two months now. Our weekly sessions are nothing short of amazing and inspiring and I always finish the sessions with full clarity. I love Marissa’s holistic approach to coaching, her willingness to share her knowledge and her ability to connect to her clients. Marissa has a great laser focus, able to cut through the clutter and honed in on exactly what needs to be done. In such a short period of time, the coaching has transformed my life and the business in enormous ways.
I would highly recommend Marissa Levin’s executive coaching to anyone who is looking to take their business to the next level or to achieve any goal in their business.
— Sue Davey, Founder & CEO, BrainyChild
Marissa Levin is an absolutely excellent coach. She is supportive, provides great tools and processes and motivates you to push beyond pre-conceived limitations. She is also a great connector and enjoys helping organizations forge relationships that are mutually beneficial. She has been extremely valuable to me personally and my organization,
— Maimah Karmo, CEO Tigerlily Foundation
Working with Marissa over the last three years has been life changing and transformative to my small business. I didn’t know what I didn’t know three years ago! And with what I learned from Marissa, my business has changed in fundamental ways, and is becoming “built to scale”. Every quarter my revenue increases, and I attribute that in large part to being coached to work more “on” my business, and to her expert mentoring and experience sharing. She has a “no excuses” approach to goal setting and strict accountability combined with a wise compassion, which is exactly what I need to succeed. She’s taught me how to be a better leader, through systems, and how to better support my team. If you are looking for a coach who knows what you need to do because she has already done it, then Marissa is who you should work with.
— Heather Cox, Tiny Little Web Shop owner and founder
Marissa has been one of my business mentors over the last several years and I have likened her to the Giving Tree in Shel Silverstein’s time honored tale. She has freely shared of her free time despite the huge demands on it, and freely shared her experience, hard-won knowledge and connections contacts so that others might gain some benefit with no direct return to her — except perhaps the rewarding feeling of knowing that she has, in turn, created a legion of budding entrepreneurs who share-it-forward. The effects for us who are mentored include stronger businesses with a meaningful and winning culture, as well as a network of some of the best minds and personalities a business owner could ask for. There is one important distinction between Marissa and the Giving Tree — Marissa knows how to not just GIVE, but to teach and hold you accountable as well. This very important part of Marissa’s mentoring technique has had a profound difference on the development of entrepreneurial integrity — those she mentors become true-to-their-word doers, not just smarter business owners.
— Jim Rafferty, Partner, Stageshift IT Consulting
When I started my business two years ago, I sought Marissa out as a mentor because of her track record leading and growing a successful organization. As a coach, Marissa’s business building experience provides a uniquely tuned perspective, and she is always willing to share her lessons learned. Marissa wholeheartedly supports my business and proactively introduces tools and resources that facilitate growth. She is a great listener, she sees all sides of a situation, and she practices what she preaches. I remember one time I was working with Marissa on a communication challenge with a client. She prompted me to discover the solution through a simple series of questions, and I was able to successfully navigate a complex and sensitive interaction with grace.
Some of Marissa’s major tenets are summed up in these powerful sentences: “Your own best thinking can only get you so far.” & “You can’t delegate leadership.” Marissa is willing and eager to work as hard for you as you are willing to work for yourself.
— Amanda Fischer, Founder & CEO, Grade A Marketing
I have known Marissa for some time now and can honestly say that she is truly passionate about helping others. With others, I mean specially other entrepreneurs and small business owners. I think because she has been in our shoes at some point in her journey and she has the ability to not just look forward but reach back; she is an amazing mentor and role model for anyone wanting to grow their business. Marissa is one of those few entrepreneurs that is willing to “tell all” if it’s going to help you learn from her experience. I have huge respect for someone like that! There is no better way to learn than from someone’s experience, if they are willing to share it with you.
— Francisca Alonso, Helping homeowners save money by delivering true design-build | Architect – Builders
I have known Marissa Levin for a few years now and I can say without reservation that she is, hands down, one of the most business knowledgeable and freely giving people I know. She has a deep insight into what it takes to become and grow as a successful business as owner and C.E.O. Hiring Mrs. Levin as a coach and mentor has been the best business decision I’ve made. Having access to her one on one expert business perspectives and analysis has helped me to avoid possible career ending blunders and focus my attention on real opportunities that have assisted in my growth as a person and business owner. It’s with the utmost privilege and gratitude that I thank Marissa Levin for successfully helping me and countless others through her unparalleled business coaching program. I highly recommend that anyone desiring to start or grow their business, utilize her powerful effective coaching program. I can be contacted at anytime for a reference. Thank you
— Kenny Gills, Owner, The Gilliard Group
Marissa has the unique experience of having built and led a company from the ground up. She knows first-hand the challenges business owners face and uses her insights and lessons learned to help her Successful Culture clients overcome their obstacles and develop their companies for greatness.
Marissa has an unwavering focus on: 1) putting the needs of others — employees, clients, partners — first; 2) developing people so that they can perform at their peak potential; 3) keeping herself and her clients accountable for achieving goals; and 4) continually learning new ways of doing things. She works side-by-side with CEOs and their management teams to help them break-through barriers, establish an effective culture, and set-up organizational strategies to achieve their goals.
Successful leaders know that they need to surround themselves with trusted advisors and, without a doubt, Marissa should be one of these advisors!
—Jennifer Brown, MBA, SPHR, HR Consultant | Advisor | Trainer & Speaker
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Marissa, I recently had the pleasure of hearing you speak at a great conference in Jacksonville. Of the five keynote speakers we heard, which included three very big names in the speaking business, I thought you were the best speaker of the day. Your program was the most content rich, and you delivered the content with a very genuine passion for what you were talking about – building a winning culture and scaling it. I was so motivated by your speech that I practically ran to meet you outside the conference room when you finished.
— Matthew Tenney, Keynote Speaker and Trainer
I have had the great pleasure of hearing Marissa Levin speak on several occasions about a variety of topics including entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, resilience, organizational culture & employee engagement, and scaling a business. She is one of the most effective speakers I have ever heard. She’s an incredible communicator…. prepared, professional, engaged, passionate, and inspiring. Marissa speaks from her own experiences of successful leadership, but backs up her personal knowledge with research and relevance. She brings that rare combination of style and substance to her presentations,and it works! She is an asset to any organization or event looking to provide an incredible experience and top value to participants and attendees. She’s one of the very best.
— S. Tien Wong, CEO Lore Systems, Inc.
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to you for keynoting CrisisLink’s most important, annual event, and fundraiser; the 2012 LinkUp & Live Gala. Since the gala I have received many thoughtful comments about your discussion on the “power of community”. One guest shared how he was touched by this topic because of certain events in his own life. Subsequently, this gentlemen was one of the evening’s largest contributors. While all of this is good news, none of it surprising. You were a captivating speaker, and impactful speaker; just as I knew you would be.
— Marc Kantor, CrisisLink, Board of Directors
Your words yesterday were life changing, especially about asking for help. I am starting over after foreclosure, cancer and divorce, with no $$ but a fierce desire for a life that honors those experiences… I so needed to hear what you said. I have ideas, a vision, but no support so I am getting nowhere. So I now know where to shift my focus. Thank you so much for the clarity…I’m reaching out and trusting life to find its way through people.
— Conference Keynote Attendee
Marissa served as a keynote speaker for NFTE and also CrisisLink – she goes above and beyond to make sure her speech will reach the audience its intended for and speaks with passion and compassion inspiring all who listen to her. Every time I hear Marissa speak I leave with at least five ‘gems of wisdom’ that I share with others.
— Julie Silard Kantor, Executive Director DC Region, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
Marissa did a presentation on Advisory Boards for several clients of ours, which also tied to her book, “Built to Scale”. The presentation was great and very relevant in these changing times. The amount of follow up questions and dialogue were tremendous which further supports the value of what Marissa communicated.
— James Fennel, Partner at Aronson LLC