Marilyn Orr, MA, CEC, PCC

Marilyn Orr is a Leadership and Mentor Coach with Capacity Building Coaching, and Training Partner on EQ-i 2.0 with with Multi-Health Systems.

She provides professional coaching for executives and business leaders, mentor coaching for coaches, and leadership development support in the form of coaching skills training, soft-skills development, facilitation of key discussions and team coaching. 

With a professional counseling background and a passion for seeing people free to be their best, Marilyn became convinced that the philosophy and tools of coaching were the best fit for her core values. In addition to a Masters’ degree in Counseling, Marilyn obtained a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University in 2005. Most recently she completed an advanced coaching graduate course in Mentor Coaching. 

For the past twelve years Marilyn has supported the growth and transformation of thousands of individuals and a large number of organizations across the United States and Canada. Marilyn has a strategic partnership with Vision Coaching Inc. giving Capacity Building Coaching clients access to a large network of professional coaches and industry experts.

Shortly after beginning her coaching career, Marilyn's need to build community led her to found a local International Coaching Federation chapter where she was living at the time in Eastern Canada. This new space provided coaches with mutual and beneficial support that had been absent. This chapter has gone on to become the dynamic community that it is today, spanning four Canadian provinces. In addition, Marilyn recently completed a 2-year presidency of the International Coach Federation of Austin, Texas.

Learning and facilitating learning are life-long passions for her. An expression of her gained wisdom comes in the form of her book “How Absorbent Are Your Shocks?”, an everyday resiliency workbook. 

Marilyn is a contributor to the Coaching World Blog, and also publishes on her own blog entitled "Marilyn's Musings" monthly. Subscribe to her growing blog community.


Marilyn is an energetic and engaging speaker. Although Marilyn is yet to follow in her son’s steps and get on stage as a stand-up comic, audiences do enjoy her humor and ability to incorporate fun and laughter! She recently led morning workshops on "Developing Personal Resiliency" at The Cedars Ranch's inaugural wellness event, "Fierce Self-Compassion", with keynote Dr. Kristin Neff, and is guest speaker at the BEAA Fall Retreat in New Brunswick Canada. See In The Media for more details.

Marilyn's commitment to building capacity through coaching has been very personal. With the support of coaching she has transformed her own life, business and future. At her core, Marilyn Orr believes in the power of coaching. She has her own coach. She hires specific coaches for her own personal and professional growth needs. 

Drawing from all of her experiences, Marilyn is enjoying pursuing her current inspirational vision with the same dedication that has been recognized by her peers as her signature approach. Engaging her strong entrepreneurial spirit and ability to think big, Marilyn and partner Bill are pursuing their shared dream with new venture The Cedars Ranch; developing an eco-conscious wedding venue and wellness retreat in the Texas Hill Country. To compliment their work with engaged and newlywed couples, Marilyn has developed sister coaching company Luv Life Coaching, with a mission to equip couples with tools for lasting intimacy.

As a highly intuitive extrovert Marilyn brings a lightness and freedom to the work she does with clients - be that one-on-one coaching, facilitating learning, training or team capacity building. When you work with Marilyn, she will be fully present during your session, emotionally and cognitively. You will feel both supported and challenged. Marilyn loves life and loves to laugh. She is a life-long learner and will partner with you in your commitment to excellence in personal development. Marilyn is committed to work with clients on their own unique path to success.

Are you interested in working with Marilyn? Reach out to Marilyn today 

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Dave Veale, CEC, PCC
Founder & CEO of Vision Coaching Inc. 

I've had the pleasure of working with Marilyn Orr for the last 15 plus years and have watched her develop as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) over the last decade. As a colleague, I've learned so much from how Marilyn both advocates and pushes her clients in a caring, no nonsense manner. She raises the bar for her fellow coaches and helps her clients recognize - and ultimately leverage - the latent potential they hold within themselves. I would highly encourage you to jump at the chance to work with Marilyn.

Amy Ruppert MCC, Master Certified Coach
Chief Learning Officer – Coaching Out of the Box

As a coach educator for the past 15 years I have worked with many co-facilitators. Marilyn Orr stands out as one of the best I’ve worked with. The list is long of Marilyn’s attributes as a trainer, but her key strengths are her ability to effectively teach multiple levels of understanding, make the materials come alive through powerful storytelling and her ability to be flexible and meet any group where they are at and address their learning needs.

It is Marilyn’s nature to position herself as a learning partner with groups and that very thing invites exploration and inquisitiveness. She brings levity and a special brand of lightness to the learning atmosphere which catalyses participation and encourages learning in a creative and successful way. Any group would be lucky to have her!

Pamela Becker, ACC, ICF Certified Coach

I want to acknowledge Marilyn Orr as a great Mentor Coach. What I thought was insurmountable, became possible in a very short period of time. She is very easy to work with and manages group coaching extremely well. Working with Marilyn has reminded me of the privilege and integrity of the work and renewed my passion for coaching.

Paul Roy, Paul Roy Consulting

I have been a client of Marilyn's for several years. Her insights on being a top performer as a business owner are amazing. She certainly helped get the best out of me.

Susan Corbin, ICF Certified Coach

I was in a mentor coaching group with Marilyn Orr and two other coaches who needed 10 hours of mentor coaching for ICF credentials. It was a wonderful experience. Marilyn was always gracious and on point with her feedback in areas of success and improvement. After the 10 hours of mentor coaching, I had learned a lot about my coaching style and coaching in general. An added bonus was that I felt more confident in my own coaching. I would highly recommend her mentor coaching.

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