East Side Institute “Each year I bring together a dozen educators, scholars and activists from about that many countries in a program training them in the practice of a psychology of becoming. They simultaneously build their learning ensemble and learn the basics of performance and development. They couldn’t do this without Marian Rich, our resident performance and improvisation teacher and coach. Marian is magic! With her, people do the impossible!”

— Dr. Lois Holzman, Director East Side Institute; Author, Performing Psychology

Christopher Newport University“Marian Rich offers strategies on how to have meaningful and memorable conversations, whether the conversations are in the context of a networking event or an interview. Her facilitated activities build confidence and empower participants to perform at their highest potential. Her sessions are effective whether participants consider themselves to be extreme introverts or those who are known extroverts. She trains participants to listen and respond to what is being communicated at that moment. Her expertise and programming for students was an invaluable contribution to our programming line up and excellent professional development for our staff.”

— Libby Westley, Director, Center for Career Planning, Christopher Newport University


NYU Stern“Marian is a unique talent with her combination of executive recruiting, career coaching, and improv skills. Her improv workshops have been a valuable addition to our career programming to help arm our MBA students with critical skills for networking, interviewing…and life! In addition to her professional capability, she is also a delight to work with – a true partner.”

— Becky Inglis, Associate Director, Office of Career Development, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

“By leading me to be more in the world and less in my head, Marian helped me achieve a breakthrough in interview preparation. Shortly after just two sessions with Marian, I interviewed for and was offered an MBA summer internship at a business consulting firm. While others talk in a heavy way about ‘having’ high EQ and ‘knowing’ your interviewer, Marian coached me towards a lighter, and yet more effective, approach to communication.”

— Aaron Slowey, Data Science Director, AIG; MBA, NYU Stern School of Business >

Google Play“Marian is one of the absolute best executive recruiters that I have interfaced with. Her professionalism, diligence and follow-through were quite remarkable. She clearly “gets” the big picture around career narrative and looks to place candidates in roles that are not just a functional fit, but truly a comprehensive fit (cultural dynamics, leadership fit, etc.) I highly recommend her!l”

— Mike Zeman, Global Head of Digital Marketing, Google Play


Performance of a Lifetime“Career Play is a valued partner and we continue to look to Marian for her smarts, expertise and sense of humor, which makes her a pleasure to work with.”

— Maureen Kelly, Managing Director, Performance of a Lifetime

“Marian is the rare example of a thoughtful relationship-oriented recruiter. In an industry where most are transaction-oriented and do not seem to care about long-term results, Marian really stands out. Anyone is lucky if they get a chance to work with Marian.”

— Phil Terry, CEO, Collaborative Gain; Co-author, Customers Included

ACG - Auriemma Consulting Group“We brought Marian on board as our Interim Recruiter to fill five open roles following our HR Manager moving to another opportunity. Marian helped make an impossible hurdle manageable. She is a wonderful and intuitive recruiter. She learned our corporate culture quickly, managed the recruiting process from soup to nuts, sourced and screened candidates from her extensive network in financial services and made successful placements.

During her four-month assignment, she upgraded our entire recruiting function and helped train our new HR Manager. Marian is a delightful partner; we are pleased to have her as a resource for our ongoing human resource and recruiting needs.

— Kathy Kull, former CAO, Auriemma Consulting Group

“Marian is one of those rare people with vision that crosses personal, professional, and cultural lines; she sees things that will work – wherever they may be on the spectrum between data-driven and intuitive extremes…. and proceeds to make them work.  I also wish that even 10% of us approached Marian’s level of contribution to the society at large.”

— Chris Gerding, Risk Management Executive

“Marian has been a fantastic networker and has helped colleagues and friends move into new career paths. Marian’s blog posts have been sensational in stimulating reflection on not just the jobs we have, but the way we work, and in helping to drive ideas on how to make both more rewarding.”

— Janice Horan, Financial Services Executive