Don Maruska

As a founder and CEO of three Silicon Valley companies, venture investor, and recipient of the National Innovators Award, Don writes, speaks, and coaches from a broad base of experience.

Don wrote "How Great Decisions Get Made: 10 Easy Steps for Reaching Agreement on Even the Toughest Issues" with a foreword by Margaret J. Wheatley (AMACOM, 2004). This book, reprinted in Asia and Africa, has helped businesses, governments, and communities around the world to enjoy major breakthroughs and enduring results.

His new book is "Take Charge of Your Talent: Three Keys to Thriving in Your Career, Organization, and Life" with co-author Jay Perry and a foreword by Jim Kouzes (Berrett-Koehler, 2013). It embodies over a decade of pioneering work to help people make the most of their talent and enjoy doing it.

Don’s own story is one of learning how to take charge of his talent. He was the first in his family’s history to attend college, and he earned a BA magna cum laude from Harvard University. He subsequently earned an MBA and JD from Stanford University.

Following nearly two decades in Silicon Valley, Don became a Master Certified Coach, helping leaders and teams cultivate success in their organizations. Don’s clients include large firms such as Accenture, Blue Shield, Duke Energy, Intel, Microsoft, and Wells Fargo, as well as growing mid sized businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs. He delivers keynote speeches and appears on radio and TV across the U.S.


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