"I started working with Marianna to support my team through what has been an incredibly tough year both emotionally and psychologically for the hospitality industry. Her engagement with us was warm and empathetic and left my team feeling able to cope with the changes to come. She not only coached us but used her vast experience in hospitality to mentor and provide brilliant advise to a wide array of challenges leaving me and my management team ready to take on the new world. I cannot recommend Marianna highly enough as one of the most professional and effective people I have ever had the pleasure to work with.”
James Dawson, Founder of Humble Grape
"Having the opportunity to have series of coaching sessions with Marianna has not only been inspiring but it has benefited me on many levels. She helps clearing away all the noise and clutter and focus on the things that matter, questioning belief systems installed in us that are not doing any good. Spending time with her helps materialise my objectives and my personal and professional growth. I highly recommend her to any hospitality professional. "
Nicola Trevisan, On-Trade and Private Wine Specialist
"I started working with Marianna at a very crucial moment: facing the challenges of embracing a new role whilst dealing with a post-pandemic reality. Marianna's mentoring was very empathetic and helped me work out practical, simple solutions for the many challenges our industry is facing; her coaching helped me challenge myself and realign my goals and values, both personally and professionally."
Carlos Santos, Operations Manager of Humble Grape
''I work in the events industry, so when the pandemic came along it paralysed the industry and forced companies to downsize. As the company had not ran a single event in 6 months, the company downsized and I was furloughed, then 4 months later I was made redundant. This was at a time when so many were being made redundant and competition for jobs was at an all time high. After several months of job searching I was starting to feel very low. I worried I could not support my wife and stepdaughter, I couldn’t sleep and was starting to have panic attacks thinking I wouldn’t be able to find a job.
I was then introduced to Marianna. I was skeptical of coaching and spending anytime other than job hunting. However, Marianna explained the benefits to me with her infectious enthusiasm for life won me over and I said I would try it out. My mind, was only focused on the near future, specifically my next pay check, but Marianna’s approach was 3 fold. Firstly, to get my perception from catastrophising, to understanding my reality in a way I could deal with. Then to build plans and goals everyday to effectively look for immediate work including sharing her contacts with me. Lastly she also did an in-depth analysis of my personality and desires so that I could understand what I wanted to do for work, and also highlight the skills and experience I had to achieve this.
It is obvious that Marianna has had a very successful career, her knowledge of how business’ think and how to develop individuals is abundantly clear. This, linked with her education as a coach and incredible positive energy helped me to turn a corner. 3 months after working with her I had found a job more senior than my previous one for the largest event organiser in the world. A role where I was up against over 270 other candidates. If it wasn’t for the help from Marianna I would not have been in a position get the job and to understand how I can progress further in my career.''
Tom Hill, Event Director of Informa Markets
''Working with Marianna has been amazing. She is so optimistic and always finds a way to ask me questions that I’ve never thought of before. I sought after her assistance and know-how because I was at a fork in my career and was second guessing my abilities. Her patience and creative “out of the box” methods truly help guide me into landing the job in HR, I knew I was always meant to do, however I lacked the confidence to prove my skills worthy. Thank you for taking the time to walk this part of my journey with me!''
Mackie Paulos, People Manager - Thread Studio, Atlanta
"I finally created and allocated much needed time to reflect on my decisions and revise my value system so I could prioritise better in my personal and work life..."
Anna Christina Wilde, Global VP of Project Management
"I was able to recognise my strengths and became fully aware of my wide range of possibilities, that turned into a responsibility, which helped me to create a vision for myself as a leader and set up a plan to improve the current company culture..."
Matteo Remini, Director of Operations
"I literally learned to manage myself and structure my days as a business owner working from home via effective and to the point sessions with Marianna. Her style and creative questioning helped me to address all my procrastination, my limitations and excuses that were affecting my productivity..."
Richard Culligan, Executive Chef & Catering Company Owner
"After just a few sessions I was able to challenge myself to achieve numerous goals. My restaurant became the highest performing within the group with highest employee retention in the company and I was entered into the bonus scheme as manager..."
Marek Godlewski, General Manager
"We came up with solutions for the company that we would not normally have been able to see as a team; solutions hidden in plain sight that we now recognised and more importantly, seized, by means of realistic priority-based and time-dependent milestones, yet always with our sight set squarely on the end goal of reaching the full potential of directors and managers..."
Declan Erie, Executive Board Member