With over two decades as a leading educator, Marilyn brings a passionate focus to inspiring transformational, experiential, inclusive, and student-centred leadership and learning. As Centennial’s Vice President Academic and Chief Learning Officer, she has championed student success through teaching and learning excellence, academic quality, and reflective leadership practice. She has an academic cross appointment with the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She has published widely on evidence-based practice approaches, including motivation and positive behaviour change. Marilyn leads with her values: inclusion, compassion, integrity and joy.
Embracing our full potential and making the most of life’s opportunities can feel insurmountable when self-doubt creeps in. Am I smart enough? Do I have what it takes? How do I know that I’m doing this right? When life feels uncertain and complicated, there is clarity (and comfort) to be found in deep simplicity. Whether you’re a college student or a seasoned professional, cultivating three fundamental practices, analogous to a wooden stool balanced on three legs, will come pretty close to guaranteeing your very own personal best. Based on the science of motivation and behaviour change, as well as two decades of teaching in higher education, this talk boils it down to the basics: banish self-doubt with three essential practices.