Loden Associates, Inc.

Napa, CA • mail@loden.com

Diversity Consulting • KEYNOTE SPEAKING • Diversity Management coaching & Training • diversity program assessment



    Marilyn Loden is a leading authority on managing change to support and leverage diversity in the global workplace. For over 30 years, she has consulted to corporations, government agencies, universities, and professional firms conducting research and implementing programs to maximize the contributions of diverse employees. Her clients have included many of America’s most successful organizations from Charles Schwab, Chevron Phillips, Citigroup, ConocoPhillips, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Genentech and Neiman Marcus Group to NASA, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Phillips 66, Procter & Gamble, Rohm and Haas Texas, Shell Oil, the University of California, US Government Accountability Office and the United States Treasury Department.

    Marilyn is also the originator of the term "glass ceiling" which she first used in a presentation at the Women's Action Alliance Conference in New York City in 1978 to describe the invisible barriers to advancement that some women managers still face.

    Today, as an author and organization change consultant, Ms. Loden works with senior executives and their teams to enhance competitive advantage through the effective management of workforce diversity.

    Ms. Loden is the author of three books about employee diversity. Her initial book, Feminine Leadership or How to Succeed in Business Without Being One of the Boys (Times Books, 1985) was the first business book to define the unique management style of many women and the glass ceiling issues they face moving up the career ladder into visible leadership roles.  Selected as one of the 50 best business books of the year by The Library Journal, Feminine Leadership has been published in six languages. Ms. Loden was also the lead author of Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity As A Vital Resource (Irwin Publishing, 1991), the first comprehensive text about diversity management written for executives and human resources specialists. Her third book, Implementing Diversity (McGraw-Hill Publishing, 1996), outlines practical steps for leading a culture change to increase and leverage global diversity, and discusses how to avoid the classic missteps made in many organizations as they embark on this effort.

    From 2003-2008, Ms. Loden served on the US Navy’s Diversity Senior Advisory Council – sponsored and chaired by the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. In 2008, she was appointed to the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel (CEP) – a civilian advisory board that provides thought leadership and independent advice to the Chief of Naval Operations on matters pertaining to operational readiness. In this role, Marilyn chaired studies and devised strategies to help the Navy better manage diversity and create a more welcoming culture and command climate free of discrimination for all sailors.  Her efforts lead to policy changes increasing leader accountability for sexual harassment and assault prevention and the lifting of the ban prohibiting women sailors from joining the submarine enterprise.  In April, 2016, she was awarded the civilian Superior Service Medal by the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations for her “insightful leadership in refining policy and strategy to support an absolute commitment to nondiscrimination and uncompromising standards of performance related to matters of diversity and gender equity.”

    In addition to writing and consulting, Ms. Loden is sought after as a speaker at business, academic and professional conferences on the topics of managing workforce diversity, shattering the glass ceiling and gender differences in leadership style.  Her work and writings have been featured in national news media such as the New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, and on The Today Show.  In 2017, she was honored by the BBC for her work as a gender equity advocate and named to the “100 Women Making a Difference” list published annually by the news service.

    Marilyn is a graduate of Syracuse University.  From 1979-2015, she was a fellow of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and has served as an adjunct member of the graduate faculty in the School of Public Administration at American University in Washington, D.C.  In 1993, she was named Joyce Barnes Farmer Distinguished Guest Professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for her work and research on gender equity, leadership and diversity.

    Marilyn is married to D. John Loden, a writer and retired advertising executive.  She and her spouse live in California’s beautiful Napa Valley.