A proven track record of unlocking the biggest and best ideas that will strengthen your bottom line. Find out why.

Braving The Way

The pandemic has shifted us into a place of upheaval and uncertainty. This state of ‘not knowing’ can feel quite uncomfortable. That’s why so few can recognize its tremendous power. 

‘Not knowing’ is the only state of being in which we’re truly open to deep learning, meaningful growth, and genuine recalibration. BUT! 

So few of us are equipped with the tools to capitalize on the massive opportunity of this moment. Now more than ever, accessing these tools requires collaboration, emotional intelligence, and bravery. Ultimately if the power of this state is maximized,  a renaissance of growth and innovation is achieved that will pay off for years to come. 

This brand new and highly interactive program provides the tools you’ll need to harness this​​ power of ‘not knowing’ and turn it into tangible pathways that lead to the results you need to brave the way forward.

Tapping into the full power of our strengths is crucial – now more than ever – at a time when substantial progress is merely the baseline for success. 

Now is the time to go back to the drawing board, re-evaluate priorities, and align them with the big picture. Now is the time to rethink how you go to market authentically, inclusively, and safely. Now is the time to embrace the diverse perspectives and voices of ALL members of our teams or risk losing them. 

Understanding the thoughts, feelings, goals, challenges, and values of our people is the first key to unlocking all the tools at our disposal. 

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Get in touch to discuss this fully customized programming- offered virtually.

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Bigstorming®/CreativeProblem Solving is a highly interactive methodology guaranteed to kick-start the creative process. It approaches ideation in a fresh, fun, organized and results-driven way that unlocks innovative solutions.

Bigstorming®/Creative Problem Solving offers a framework for creative thinking that enables participants to access uniquely original ideas on the most impactful level. It approaches ideation through scientifically proven techniques that are fun and engaging. Through specific creative exercises, unique tools, and interactive engagement, your teams will build big, breakthrough ideas while learning new skills they’ll have forever.

Designed for everyone in your organization, Bigstorming®/Creative Problem Solving is a team building exercise that uses a highly specific process to unlock new ideas and unearth unique solutions. The more new and diverse faces in the session, the better! A respectful and safe environment makes it comfortable for all participants.

"Marilyn provided my team—already a very creative group of people—with great tools and techniques…we've already been able to sell through strategic, creative public relations recommendations to two clients as a result."

— Lisa Kimmel, Chair & CEO, Canada and Chair, Latin America and Global Women's Equality Network (GWEN) at Edelman
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Marilyn’s keynotes deliver contagious energy and exemplify how and why her approach to creative problem solving consistently works . Her experience and credentials ensure her keynote delivery will align with your goals and exceed expectations.

Great leaders practice what they preach. As an experienced business leader with expertise in creative problem solving, Marilyn gets it! 

Marilyn delivers keynotes globally that are specifically designed to spark innovation and creative ideation within your organization. Through Marilyn’s “tell it like it is” approach, her compelling stories keep the audience engaged in a hands-on, high energy way that exemplifies the power of her expertise as a professional creative problem solver. 

Marilyn’s acclaimed keynote presentations will inspire your organization with the power of human connection and show them the impact of innovation and heartfelt connection, first hand.

“I was first introduced to Marilyn two years ago at a brainstorming off-site with the Integrated Marketing Teams. Marilyn was leading the session and I was truly impressed with her ability to connect and lead a group of over 125 people. I still use takeaways from that off-site in my work today.

"Marilyn has an uncanny ability to adjust her style in order to connect with a variety of professionals as well as continue to engage them in her teachings. I would not hesitate to use her again.”

— Amy Wigler, PBS, VP Multiplatform Marketing & Content
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Keynote Training

Marilyn’s keynote training will enhance your presentation skills. Designed to elevate performance skills in a myriad of ways, Marilyn will help you craft the most compelling and engaging delivery of a keynote presentation, talk, or speech you need to deliver.

This session is designed to assist you in the creation of a new keynote or further develop an existing one to ensure you are confidently able to deliver the most engaging and compelling iteration of your message.

"We had Marilyn develop the agenda and then host not one but two sessions for the Viacom Media Networks' Music and Entertainment group…the feedback was phenomenal from our team and better yet, the actual results of their learnings turned into much better, well-thought out work."

— Dario Spina, CMO, Viacom Velocity at Viacom
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Lego® Serious Play®

Marilyn is one of a handful of individuals certified to facilitate Lego® Serious Play® sessions. They are an extremely effective tool for creative problem solving. Insights, imagination, and creative solutions emerge effortlessly through this unusual methodology.

Lego® Serious Play® is great for groups that consist of stakeholders from all departments and levels of your corporation. This unique, strategic process is proven to promote equality and collaboration, while providing creative solutions to highly complex situations.

"I can see a tremendous difference in the quality of our ideas and we’ve been impressing our clients ever since. You’ve brought a new breath of life to our everyday business. We thank you!"

— Emma Fachini, Director, National Sales at Corus Entertainment
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Interested in more information about Marilyn's Storytelling Sessions?


Emotion is the fast lane to the brain! Since 90% of our decisions are influenced by emotion, it is critical to engage audiences on an emotional level. Stories build human connection. Human connection builds trust.

“A story is the greatest vehicle ever invented for an idea”
—Aaron Sorkin

Learn engaging ways to add emotion and authenticity to your brand, product, service or presentation by crafting a compelling story. Turn tradition on its head, and train your brain to engage with others in a more effective and memorable way.

Meant for anyone who wants to increase engagement and elevate their brand story, presentation, product, or service. You’ll learn how to transform an “explanation” into a compelling story and how to deliver it with passion and authenticity.

"I have worked with Marilyn Barefoot on several training sessions at Viacom. She is lovely to work with and really is passionate about what she does. We never had a concern about her ability to deliver a powerful workshop or keep the audience’s attention.
She is engaging and entertaining. Her agency background has provided her with great experience for us and her stories (anecdotes) help bring concepts to life.

"We have received positive feedback from our IM team members on all the off-sites she has led and we would most definitely recommend her internally as well as externally."

— Samantha Newman, SVP, Marketing Strategy & Operations at Viacom Velocity
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Innovative strategy and flawless implementation belong to those who take strategic planning to the next level in courageous ways. An innovative combination of divergent and convergent thinking tools elevate strategic sessions. 

Our Strategic Planning sessions expertly take your team on a journey that leads to actionable results. Using hands-on collaborative activities, stakeholders envision the future including core values, goal setting, timelines, and responsibilities.

These sessions are excellent for strategic teams, leadership teams, creative teams and client-facing teams; all have benefited in multiple organizations. You already have great people; now give them the opportunity to share their ideas and shape the future. 

“Marilyn Barefoot has a unique ability to see the big picture and help connect the dots…which helped deliver breakthrough results.”

— Kevin Matier, Vice President & General Manager, North America at Campbell Soup Company
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