About Marlene

Hey there! I’m Marlene - a Midwestern farm kid turned leadership coach and consultant.

In my late twenties, I found myself feeling pretty directionless. I had no particular reason to be, or so I thought. I had grown up on a farm. I had enjoyed my college experience. I had been active in leadership opportunities throughout youth and college. I had completed good internships. I had earned a Master's degree at a great university with even better people. I had a job at my alma mater that most people would envy.

So why did I feel so bleh about it all? I suppose the detailed answers are a story for another time, but here's the short version: I wasn't clear about who I was and what I wanted in my work.

It was a painful period while I tried figuring out what I should be doing while also worrying about what others would think. Once I got past the idea of pursuing everyone else's definition of "success", it was pretty clear where I was going.

But that doesn't mean it's always been pretty.

And all the time I see leaders feeling the same way - unclear about their direction, unsure of their next steps, or lacking that confidence to do the next right thing.

We can choose to keep playing the same way every day or we can choose to step up, do the hard work to grow into the next level, and serve those around us.

I believe in coaching and training because it can transform the way we think about ourselves today and change the actions we take tomorrow.


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Expanded bio

Marlene Eick is a Midwestern farm kid turned leadership coach and consultant.

She grew up on her family's swine and grain farm in Ohio and after earning a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, she completed a graduate program at the University of Florida, specializing in Leadership Development.

Marlene has worked with students and companies from Alaska to Florida. She has served on conference staff for the National FFA Organization and presented workshops for FarmHer, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Farm Bureau, AmericanHort, Weaver Leather, Purdue University Extension, Ohio Corn & Wheat, National Association of Wheat Growers, and Ohio State, as well as several events for women in agriculture.

She is active in the agricultural industry, having served in volunteer leadership roles with the Ohio FFA Foundation, Ohio Pork Council, and her county Farm Bureau. In 2016, she was a top ten finalist for American Farm Bureau's Excellence in Agriculture award.

Marlene and her husband B.J. live outside Wooster, Ohio, on a family farm.