Marina Jankovic is a Master Certified Coach (MCC ICF) and an expert on women’s leadership. She has 17 years of international experience in Business Management, Talent Development and Executive Education. She has managed a Global Diversity & Inclusion Program for a company operating in 180 markets and contributed to building a more diverse talent pipeline and inclusive culture.
Marina is the author of the bestselling book Your Time To Shine, a pearl of practical wisdom for women – and men – to create the lives they want; by embracing challenges, leading with courage, and creating a better world for the generations to come.
Marina’s journey brought her a deep understanding of the leadership experience of women. She has empowered and inspired hundreds of clients by bringing psychological depth and a multi-system perspective, providing them with authentic strategies to live and lead at higher levels. As a coach and leadership development expert, Marina has collaborated with numerous private and public sector organisations, including NGOs supporting people to build their way out of poverty.
She holds a PgD in Organisational Psychology and HR Management from the University of London, Birkbeck and is a Certified Workplace Mediator and Nutritional Therapist. In addition, Marina mentors aspiring coaches on their journey to becoming International Coaching Federation (ICF) credentialed coaches.
She grew up in Belgrade, and has lived and worked in Baku, London, Dubai, Sydney and now resides in London with her husband and two daughters.
I was born as the third and youngest girl in a loving family in Belgrade, where I spent my formative years trying to achieve the all-around status of “one of the best students”.
The turning point came when I decided to discover my calling that would help me make a more meaningful contribution. I began the journey of letting go of what I was ‘supposed to do’ and started following what I desired to do. Although I already had five years of marketing career, I decided to continue my post-graduate studies in Human Resources and Organisational Psychology. The same year I gave birth to my second daughter, after having my first just 13 months earlier, and I finally shifted to a talent development role within the same big company. I stumbled upon a profession called coaching!
Coaching used my strengths, and it was a tool to help others in their self-discovery. It shook me to my core and left me more courageous of who I wanted to become. So I kept exploring.
I committed myself to self-growth and personal development throughout my career change process, challenging my inner beliefs. As a result, I discovered myself in ways I never knew possible by opening to the unknown. In other words, I began to trust my intuition and take actions aligned with my values, strengths, and desire to find my voice and have a broader impact.
My journey and coaching work led me to a deep understanding of women’s leadership and how coaching can support women in bringing their highest vision to life. Eventually, I left the corporate world and started my full-time coaching job in Executive Education at London Business School.
Finally, I decided to set up a leadership coaching practice and write the book Your Time to Shine – to give women and men inspiration and tools to awaken their greatness and shape the world.
Pro bono projects are an important part of my work. I collaborate with NGOs through fundraising, coaching, and mentoring to support women to work their way out of poverty.
In addition, I mentor aspiring and established coaches to empower their clients to engage in environmental and social issues. Thus, I continuously learn about the new opportunities to share the power of coaching with the world and positively impact society.
We can achieve more through meaningful collaborations. I regularly contribute to external taught leadership platforms to inspire purposeful action.
Here are the links to some of my recent articles and interviews:
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