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Marni Johnson

Trainer, Coach and Mediator

Expertise

  • Workplace harassment and violence prevention
  • Mitigating unconscious bias
  • Diversity and inclusion training
  • Taming the Beast – Dealing with Difficult People
  • One-on-one coaching for employees with inappropriate behavior
  • Mediation for employees who are experiencing conflict
  • Public speaking

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PhilosophyIn a word: People

Marni helps people address workplace issues by communicating more effectively and working together more harmoniously. In some cases that may mean ensuring that everyone in the organization understands their legal obligations regarding respectful and psychologically safe workplaces. In other cases, it may involve helping people recognize how their brains can be triggered to make poor decisions at work.

Marni’s passion for neuroscience can be seen in the examples she uses during her training sessions. Her workshops are always engaging and both informative and fun. She’s attended too many “death by PowerPoint” training sessions, so she ensures that her programs are always interactive and thought-provoking.

Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts): Western University, Bachelor of Education – Toronto, Certificate in Diversity Training: The American Institute for Managing Diversity, Certificate in Cross Cultural Communication – Harvard Executive Program: Harvard University

Accomplishments

During her career Marni has written several articles which have been published in a variety of sector-specific business magazines.

Marni was a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge Massachusetts. Her topics were “Gender Diversity in the North American Workplace” and “The Impact of Culture on Communication in the North America”. She has also spoken at numerous conferences in Canada, the United States and Europe.

Backstory

Marni believes in the importance of ensuring mental health in the workplace. Her first career as a special education teacher helped her advocate for students with special needs. She is also the mother of an adult child with Asperger’s Syndrome, which helps her to truly understand the unique demands of navigating a workplace when there are mental health challenges.

An interesting tidbit

Marni had her first job at age 12. At 17, she was the youngest manager of concessions in Parks and Recreation at The City of Thunder Bay. She managed a staff of 22, did all of the ordering of supplies, employee scheduling, payroll, bank deposits and inventory. It was a great learning experience.

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