Mariana Ortega

Mariana is described as a trustworthy and credible partner who empowers her clients to reflect deeply, collaborate on solutions, and experiment with integrating effective behaviors that leverage their business and leadership insights.

Mariana is an academically informed, culture-minded creative who possesses deep values of relationship building, inclusion, and human-centered leadership to develop dynamic solutions which elevate the diverse talents of all employees. Her coaching style is warm and intentional, leveraging tenets of Mezirow’s Transformative Learning Theory to inspire introspection, meaning-making, and productive dialogue. She brings 20+ years’ experience leading learning and development, coaching and upskilling leaders and teams across various industries including edtech, media/entertainment, consulting, food & beverage, and luxury goods. Mariana holds an MA in Adult Learning and is certified in over ten methodologies, including Leadership Potential Assessment (Korn Ferry) and Strength Deployment Inventory (Core Strengths), which she’s used continuously throughout her career to help leaders affect change in both start-up and global organizations. Since 2019, Mariana has applied her skills as a Certified Professional Diversity Coach demonstrating multifaceted abilities to motivate change and establish a culture of belonging in corporate environments.

Mariana actively lead and championed DEI initiatives for Sony Music Entertainment, where she served as Vice President of SOMOS (ERG for Latinx employees). She designed, developed, and facilitated workshops on a variety of DEI topics and partnered closely with their Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to create org-wide education opportunities for all employees. At Amplify, she steered their fledgling ERGs by coaching ERG leads  and leveraging her network of top-tier DEI professionals to enhance ERG programming for the company. She coaches first-generation professionals navigating complex career environments through her own boutique coaching practice.

Coaching Highlights

Mariana has coached leaders at every level from start-ups, non-profits, and Fortune 100 companies. She developed her insights from helping independent, mid-size, and large global organizations strategize their employee development and secure a robust succession pipeline. 

Work Experience

Certified Professional Diversity Coach from Coach Diversity Institute

Founding Partner, CPDC, Cultural Compass Coaching & Consulting

Vice President of Talent Development (1,500 employees), Amplify Education

Director, Learning and Organizational Development, North America (2800 employees), Sony Music Entertainment

Global Director of Learning and Development (4000 employees), Godiva Chocolatier

Director, Corporate Learning and Development (5000 employees), Ralph Lauren 

Certifications and Education

Certified Professional Diversity Coach from Coach Diversity Institute

Certified Practitioner, Leadership Potential Assessment (Korn Ferry)

Certified facilitator, Building Trust (Ken Blanchard Companies)

Certified facilitator, Crucial Conversations (Vital Smarts)

Consulting Skills Certification (ATD)

Trainer for 4 Stages of Psychological Safety from LeaderFactor

Master of Arts in Adult Learning from SUNY Empire State University

Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies from SUNY Empire State University