Coaching mindful leaders to create collaborative teams and thriving organizations!

Coaching mindful leaders to create collaborative teams and thriving organizations!

Coaching mindful leaders to create collaborative teams and thriving organizations!

Are you a senior executive or CEO who wants to inspire and influence your peers and employees?

Are you a middle to VP level leader who wants to move from managing people to making strategy and culture change at higher levels?

You have come to the right place!

Ascend Consulting provides executive coaching for CEOs, senior executives, and mid-managers and teams to upgrade executive presence, emotional intelligence, and communication to expand success throughout the entire company.

We’ve been delivering professional executive coaching services since 2002 in middle to large organizations across sectors and industries. Ascend Consulting has experience in pharmaceutical executive coachinghealthcare executive coaching, as well as leadership coaching in financial services and property management, to name a few. Our clients appreciate our authenticity, warmth, confidentiality, and practical approach that we bring to the coaching relationships.

Executives typically excel at strategizing and setting the vision. At times, however, their listening and collaboration are incomplete, so leadership teams lack direction and empowerment. Executive coaching provides a safe space to think, inquire, self-reflect, and receive feedback. Time to discuss critical professional issues with a trusted advisor expands the executive’s self-awareness, so they try out new strategies to listen, inspire, collaborate, and empower. Real-time leadership coaching and shadowing enable executives to recognize blind spots and take immediate action to hone new strategies that greatly improve their effectiveness.

Coaching also helps leaders and business owners be more productive. As they gain strategies to focus, prioritize, and delegate, their time management improves as does their overall effectiveness.

As personal effectiveness and communication improve and trust increases, organizational culture is transformed, innovation thrives, and companies see results!

Our Founder

Ascend Consulting was founded by Marjorie Johnson in 1990. As the Founder and President of Ascend Consulting, she has been dedicated to providing executive and Systemic Team Coaching, career coaching, training and development, and personal consultation. Marjorie’s experience in problem solving and relationship management makes her a powerful consultant. An experienced coach and clinician and an expert in human behavior, Marjorie empowers individuals and organizations to improve leadership, communication, and work-life balance. Marjorie partners with clients to make their personal and professional goals a reality through applied emotional intelligence, decision making, and action strategies to achieve their maximum potential.

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Through perceptive assessment and customized design of training and development programs, Marjorie boosts companies’ bottom-line through inspired leadership. She is a highly sought-after motivational speaker and trainer on a range of topics that include leadership development for managers and employees and work-life balance.

Marjorie is a certified coach and Past President of the Philadelphia chapter of the International Coach Federation. She has coached for Villanova University’s Executive MBA program and is an affiliate executive coach for CCI Consulting. Marjorie is a member of the Philadelphia Society for People and Strategy (PSPS) and the Chester County Human Resources Association.  She served for four years as facilitator and trainer for the Non-Profit Academy of the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce. Marjorie is a certified Team Coach Practitioner, certified Coach of The 4 Stages of Psychological SafetyTM and Dare to LeadTM trained.

What does a typical executive coaching engagement entail?

Ascend Consulting’s clients benefit from our comprehensive “GEOSS” process from assessment through debriefing:

G. Clarify the Goal: define the core challenge
E.  Education through 360º feedback and assessments
O. Create Opportunities and work around Obstacles
S.  Strategize new ways of communicating, influencing, and leading
S.  Utilize ongoing Support

What results do clients see?

Our clients fine-tune essential skills:

  • Mindful decision making
  • Communication strategies based on neuroscience to build connection and trust
  • Influence and inspiration
  • Delegating and empowering others to succeed
  • Positive culture building
  • Creating high trust, collaborative teams
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Resilience
  • Innovation
  • Productivity and time management

What our clients are saying


" me to the next level!"

“I cannot say enough about Marjorie. Bottom line: she was instrumental in honing my communication and leadership skills and got me to the next level!”

Lisa Ann Cooney
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary
Day & Zimmermann


“The communication strategies Marjorie shared were so helpful”

“Marjorie is a truly gifted listener. She easily connected with my team, a team whose work is extremely demanding and emotionally difficult. Her coaching helped me to improve managing my stress as well as supporting my team. With her guidance, interdepartmental collaboration improved as I gave intentional and compassionate feedback. The communication strategies Marjorie shared were so helpful that we extended her work to include three months coaching for my team. As a result of Marjorie’s coaching and facilitation, we work in a more integrated, collaborative way.”

Debra Esernio-Jenssen, MD Director

Section of Child Protection Medicine, Reilly Children’s Hospital


“…her perspective, feedback, recommendations and techniques for me to use with my project teams, …have been very impactful…”

" Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 39 years, I have been able to enroll in many interpersonal skills seminars over these years. I worked with Marjorie for about 10 years and her perspective, feedback, recommendations and techniques for me to use with my project teams, comprised of physicians, scientists and regulatory authorities, have been very impactful during my career. My tenure was truly improved based on her coaching."

Marie B., Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs

Janssen Pharmaceuticals


“Her coaching and training style is both direct and warm and her strategies practical”

“Marjorie’s professionalism, engaging personality and authenticity quickly established trust within our organization. Her coaching and training style is both direct and warm and her strategies practical. I recommend her without reservation.”

Anthony Barsanti, CEO



“The interactive presentations and coaching were insightful, practical and empowered us”

“Marjorie co-designed and facilitated a superior multi-session leadership development program for TCCH’s entire management and Senior Management team. The interactive presentations and coaching were insightful, practical and empowered us to continue delivering award-winning care to our community.”

Michael D. Barber, Chief Operating Office

Chester County Hospital


“The recommendations and tools she provided are now a part of my repertoire"

"I had the opportunity to work with Marjorie as my executive coach during my first year as an Executive Director and it was exactly what I needed to get through this major transition. Our monthly meetings, phone calls and exercises provided me with an outlet and someone I can reflect with about the day to day trials and tribulations of running a nonprofit. The recommendations and tools she provided are now a part of my repertoire as I deal with some of my most difficult decisions. Marjorie is a complete pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her agency."

Adonis Banegas, Executive Director

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“Using thought-provoking exercises leaving our staff with valuable insight for personal and professional growth”

"The Malvern School has collaborated with Marjorie on several occasions throughout the years utilizing her expertise for one-on-one Leadership Development Trainings and Team Building exercises. Marjorie is a dynamic coach, speaker and trainer. She guided Malvern by using thought-¬provoking exercises leaving our staff with valuable insight for personal and professional growth."

The Executive Team at The Malvern School
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“…has led the design and development of workshops in topics such as Mindful Meditation and Conversational Intelligence…”

" Ascend Consulting has worked with West Monroe Partners’ New York office since 2015. Ascend’s Marjorie Johnson has led the design and development of workshops in topics such as Mindful Meditation and Conversational Intelligence, working with groups of consultants to expand their thinking in areas of client and colleague interaction in order to develop listening skills and understanding. Marjorie is a true professional and does her homework prior to engaging, making sure she is addressing the specific needs of her audience."

John Vance, Director

West Monroe Partners

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Headquartered in West Chester, Pennsylvania, we provide professional coaching, training, and speaking for senior executives, CEOs, and middle to VP level leaders in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington DC, and New York.

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If you are serious about your leadership and willing to participate fully in executive coaching, you will become more mindful, resilient, and create highly productive teams.

Set up your complimentary consultation now!

Contact me at 610-696-4443 or send me a message.

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