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MJ Cabanel



  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), Thunderbird School of Global Management

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Art History/Economics Barnard College, Columbia University in the City of New York

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), CTI

  • Certified Practioner Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)

  • Organizational and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC), CRR Global

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation (ICF)

  • Institute of Coaching, Mclean Hospital, Harvard University

  • International Association of Facilitators

  • Geneva Consultants Network

  • Vaud Chamber of Commerce

  • Lean-In Geneva (Co-founder)

  • Psychometrics: MBTI, MDI Insights, Hogan SDS, The Leadership Circle, Team Diagnostics, Leadership Versatility Index, Lencioni's 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Firo-B, 360 Profilor, Leadership Development Framework


MJ is a seasoned leadership facilitator and executive coach living in Geneva, Switzerland. She designs, delivers and manages leadership and coaching programs for executives and teams in multinational corporations and international organizations. Examples of MJ's recent design and delivery work include Living the Values, an 18-month leadership program for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She managed and delivered the first ever, coaching program for the World Health Organization. Components of this program included individual, team and group coaching, and the creation of a peer-coaching program. MJ regularly serves as a leadership facilitator and coach for Executive MBA Programs for such universities as Thunderbird School of Global Management, University of Lausanne and IE University. In Barcelona. She also serves as senior corporate faculty for the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).

MJ specialises in board level leadership, particularly strategic career management and navigating the political seas of organizational life. She does this by combining simulations and games with key leadership and coaching models to literally and figuratively move executives from limiting beliefs to widened perspectives and behavioural change. Individual clients are C-suite and Managing Director level executives as well as high potential leaders. MJ loves working across cultures and has coached more than 650 executives with over 100 nationalities.

Prior to her current career, MJ was a sales and marketing executive for over 20 years. MJ began her professional life on Wall Street with Bear Stearns & Co., and following her MBA moved to Paris to serve as an international marketing director for a Clinical Research Organization. On a personal note, MJ is an avid mindfulness practioner, and loves hiking and travel. She is married with two children and a dog.

One Fact About Me

Won Best Camper award at the age of 15. This formed basis of leadership philosophy: "Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve" - Wilfred Peterson


Lea_ping team dysfunction in a single bound. X-ray vision into unique talent of every human. Also dog whisperer.

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