As a member of Aileron’s Board of Trustees, Marie brings a breadth of experiences building online learning, development, growth, and leadership communities. In her role as CEO of Akimbo, Marie focuses on designing global learning experiences that celebrate our shared humanity and collectively strengthen our ability to change the systems that shape our world. That experience — coupled with her design-mindedness, creativity, and penchant for innovation — bolster her aim of helping Aileron create online content and experiences that can scale across America.
Marie is a naturally curious learner, and is energized by exploring what is unknown. Her unique approach to leadership emphasizes adventure: “Most things at work and in life are a journey, they take endurance, and there will be times of discomfort — practicing a mindset of curiosity and flexibility will support each step of the way,” she says. And her focus on building relationships and pulling the right people into the right conversations creates a collaborative dynamic that produces impactful work while all parties enjoy the process.
Marie lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband, Will, and their hound dog, Spot. The couple share a deep appreciation for small business as well as food — particularly Stanbury, the Raleigh-based restaurant Will owns that prioritizes sourcing local ingredients and supporting other small businesses. On the weekends, you can find Marie spending time outdoors or using her skills to support like-minded community organizations.
What’s something you’re constantly striving to get better at?
“I am always in pursuit of a deeper understanding of who I am so I can leverage that insight to communicate from a place of self-knowing — using tone, language, and energy that is connective and supports the relationships and communities I care about. When I see people using their self-awareness for the sake of connecting to others, I see how much impact they’re making in their communities.”
What are the values that drive you?
“Curiosity, adventure, collaboration, love, service, creativity, community, change, humility, and kindness.”
“I really believe in Aileron’s mission, and know when small business owners are supported, it directly impacts the communities they’re in. I’m also energized about using what I’ve learned about building online experiences to support Aileron’s mission as they scale across America. Plus, I have a particular interest in governance, and am excited to learn more about and support a well-governed organization.”