Marcia Bench is a #1 best selling author, professional speaker, and business coach, with more than 30 years of experience working with coaches and other entrepreneurs. She is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in career coaching, entrepreneurship and numerology, as well as incorporating spirituality into business.
A former attorney, Marcia has authored 25 books including Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide (now in its Third Edition), the Amazon #1 best seller Become an Inspirational Thought Leader and The Tao of Entrepreneurship.
In 2001, she founded the first career coach training organization in the world, Career Coach Institute, and has grown it to a worldwide community with students in 42 countries.
Marcia realized in her teens that she had an important life’s purpose to fulfill, and began a quest to discover it. Throughout her years in high school, college and law school she pursued personal and spiritual growth. It was finally when she became a part-time entrepreneur in 1986 that she knew she was honing in on her purpose.
Her first business was a consulting, speaking and consulting firm helping individuals with business start-up, marketing and business development. She also got involved with state entrepreneurial politics and was visible in the Portland, Oregon area entrepreneur community.
She then formed her own law firm and, after just 2 years, wrote her first book, When 9 to 5 Isn’t Enough, later published by Hay House, and embarked on a national book/seminar tour. She sold her home, law practice and possessions to buy an RV and travel the country for 10 months, helping people do what they love for a living. She shared the stage with Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and other notable speakers.
Marcia discovered coaching in 2000 after a stint as an Executive Vice President in a career management firm, working personally with more than 500 executives in designing their own professional success and navigating job transitions. She absolutely loved the power of coaching to help clients uncover the answers they sought for themselves. Shortly after graduating from coaching school she founded Career Coach Institute and quickly grew it to an international coach training company in the new niche of career coaching.
She has been active throughout her 30-plus year career in supporting entrepreneurship through her writing, speaking, and volunteering. She was on the Oregon Governor’s Committee for Minority and Women Business Participation, and was selected as a facilitator at the White House Conference on Small Business.
She is a member of Ewomen Network. Marcia is a frequent speaker and media guest and lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.