Dr. Gauthier founded Four Site Leadership® in 2012 by drawing on several paradigms of four in the natural and human worlds, to create a holistic approach to leadership development. In addition to her PhD, Marni is certified in and has trained multiple teams in the following internationally renown courses:
- Crucial Conversations
- Influencer: The Power to Change Anything
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team*
- Establishing Collaborative Partnerships
- Effective Communication
- Relationship Management
Together with delivering these many trainings, Marni has also design-delivered:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Personal Mastery
- Four Site Leadership: How to Approach the Four Leader Archetypes to Better Your Leadership
Prior to Four Site, Marni was a tenured SUNY professor, wherein she identified cultural systems that shape art, politics, individual and world views. Her first book identified a new literary movement—beyond postmodernism—as a distinct phenomenon of recent global and national history.
Her maturation in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, from junior to senior faculty, chair of several committees, and cultural studies scholar-teacher gave her an expertise and keen insight into organizational culture. As exceptional systems-thinker, Marni sees rationally, intuitively, and relationally, to quickly apprehend workplace dynamics.
Marni’s 20+ years of leadership experience began with her nomination to Lead Graduate Teacher at University of Colorado, Boulder. She implemented interdisciplinary training that included program development, teaching consultation, learning styles, assessment and evaluation procedures.
Marni earned her BA from Boston University, MA from SUNY Buffalo, and PhD from the University of Colorado. As a SUNY professor from 2002 – 2012, she helped create a five-year strategic plan, led a comprehensive program revision, and managed successful faculty searches that integrated three distinct department tracks. She addressed conflict, created a climate of trust and respect, and mentored new faculty. She was granted tenure by unanimous vote in 2009.
In 2010, the CEO of a global consulting firm invited and sponsored Marni in their signature nine-month leadership intensive. She joined a cadre of Fortune 500 high potentials on three continents, and, in 2011, was certified at the highest level, “Mastery.” From there, she went on to train executive teams how to hold Crucial Conversations and establish collaborative partnerships, become a certified professional coach, and continued mentorship with top leadership consultants.
Based on a holistic leadership paradigm and approaching life and work as a creative force, Marni founded Four Site Leadership in 2012. She customizes solutions to pain points and goals, and helps build organizational health and long-term sustainability.
In addition to her consultant role in several leadership and organizational development initiatives, Marni taught “Business Applications of Social Responsibility” at the CU Leeds School of Business, and “Becoming a Leader” for the CU Leadership Studies Minor, in 2015-2016.
As a Transformation Advisor at CA Technologies, Marni advised the CTO and executive leadership as to the cultural transformation of CA. She identified systemic patterns, conducted root cause analysis, built key relationships, and fostered cross-team collaboration. Her 2017 LinkedIn article, “Agile for the Rest of Us: Transformational Leadership and the Road to Agility,” describes this experience and conveys her strategic-relational approach.