Marion Parrish

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Operations leader for mid-stage start-ups, Marion Parrish, in brief.

Marion Parrish

Home: San Francisco Bay Area.  Birthplace: The same.  Profession: Technology.  Organization: Consultant.  Title: Consultant/COO.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: San Diego State University.

Current project: Operations consultant for early-stage start-ups; nonprofit board member. Recent recognition: Delivered $1B digital media implementation for the MTA in NYC; doubling company stock value.  Recent professional development: Seeking a certification in DEI.  Latest contribution to others: Board member for nonprofits working with high school aged students focused on equity in education and careers with an emphasis on mental health.  Recent travel or adventure: A week-long trip to NYC, including broadway shows, museums, scenic walks and a Stephen Colbert show.  Last book read: All Adults Here, by Emma Straub.

Personality profile: Funny, caring, effective, curious.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Funny.  Moral compass: Put myself in others’ shoes.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Someone who is always supportive, shares my values and is adventurous. What is your greatest joy? My daughter, her growth and her accomplishments.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? People working in social impact roles, making a difference with their daily work.  What is at the top of your bucket list? African safari.  What is your go-to workout? Swimming.

What was your first paying job? As a tutor.  What was your favorite college course? Creative Writing; Women’s Studies.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Photographs from travels.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? Gloria Steinem and Carol Burnett.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Don’t give advice unless someone asks for it.  What is your favorite app? Slack.  What is your go-to source of news and information? The New York Times; various podcasts.  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Adding an element of activism into my work life.  

What change would you like to see in the world? Gender equity.  What widely held belief do you reject? That money buys happiness.  What mega-trend most excites you? People looking for purpose in their work.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The division of ideals in the U.S.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Who Knew?  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A comedian.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Photographs and videos.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Driving along the California coast, stopping at some of my favorite places and hiking the beaches.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t worry so much.  Everything will turn out better than you hoped.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? The day I adopted my daughter.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? My twenties.  I’d try to enjoy them more and worry less about the future.  

Personal mission: Making up for lost time by focusing on social equity and giving back.  Personal motto: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made” (Ruth Bader Ginsburg). Favorite quote: “It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself” (Eleanor Roosevelt).

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