Marissa Afton

Marissa Afton is a Partner and Head of Global Accounts at Potential Project.  She is a driving force behind leadership development and change initiatives at global companies. She helps leaders and organizations unlock their potential to create cultural excellence and superior performance, resilience, and innovation.

Marissa is co-author of Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way (Harvard Business Review, 2022). She is also a contributing author for The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results (Harvard Business Review, 2018).  She is an energetic and highly engaging speaker who shares a joyful, pragmatic, and inspiring presentation style with a variety of audiences who have spanned the globe. In addition, she is also a regular contributor to publications like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, TD Magazine, and Fast Company.

A mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, Marissa is recognized for her breadth of knowledge and deep experience in transforming organizations by transforming the mind. She has worked across industries with top companies including Apple, Bloomberg, Cisco, Eli Lilly, Google, and Amgen to amplify employee engagement, organizational commitment, resilient performance, and innovative growth on the individual, team and organizational levels.  

Select Speaking Engagements

SHRM 2021 Annual Conference & Exposition

Turn Off Worry, Turn On Resilience

Sep 2021
ADT International Conference & Exposition

Develop Mental Agility to Survive and Thrive in Turbulent Times

Aug 2021
Cisco Employee Health & Fitness Days

Discover the Mental Strategy of Balance

May 2021

Unlocking Leadership

May 2021
Bloomberg Transformational Leadership Program

Mindful Leadership

Apr 2021

Cultivating Wellbeing in Challenging Times

Mar 2021
White & Case Global Wellbeing Event

From Coping to Thriving

Nov 2020
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