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Marya Stark

Marya Stark is a women’s leadership expert and entrepreneur who has founded highly successful coaching, training, and networking platforms, including Emerge America and Trajectory Women. These platforms are changing the face of leadership in the US. Emerge America is the premier political leadership training organization for women in the US, with 30 statewide programs and over 4,500 alumnae. Over 1,000 Emerge alumnae currently serve in public office, including the first Native American women to serve in the US Cabinet, Secretary Deb Haaland, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. As Founding President and subsequently its Board Chair, Marya led Emerge for its first eight years. She started her career in investment banking in New York, which became a clarion call for much-needed change.

Marya received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Applied Statistics from Georgetown University. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of Emerge America and previously served on the board of the UC Berkeley Alumni Association and is an Advisor to Wellville, a 10-year initiative to improve health equity in five small communities

Trajectory Women

Marya brings her vision, passion and intentionality to changing the face of leadership in the business world with Trajectory Women. Trajectory programs combine a peer group coaching model paired with outstanding executive coaches who provide leadership development in every session.

We all need insight, reflection and accountability to be our best selves and Trajectory’s expert coaching and intentional design delivers. It curates groups to include women from the most influential sectors: tech, media, finance, entertainment, health care and political consulting. This intentional networking approach, which cross-pollinates women across industries and generations, brings exponential growth to its members. Members also have the opportunity to meet with Advisory Board members in intimate settings, including Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, writer and activist Soraya Chemaly, physician activist, Dr. Dara Kass, Executive Coach Leigh Kearney and a growing array of powerful women who are equally passionate about advancing women’s leadership.