Marissa Orr

Marissa Orr

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

New Jersey, USA

Gender Equity Advocate | Women's Leadership | Workplace Equality | Diversity Specialist

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Let's fix the system: Marissa Orr
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Finding Brave 74: Lean Out: The Real Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace, with Marissa Orr

MARISSA ORR BIOGRAPHY

Marissa Orr, a former mid-level executive at Google and Facebook, has emerged as a leading voice challenging conventional norms in corporate diversity, gender dynamics, and leadership. Her insights, forged through firsthand experience within Silicon Valley’s tech giants, offer a refreshing perspective on navigating the corporate landscape.

Marissa Orr’s career trajectory includes pivotal roles at both Google and Facebook, where she significantly contributed to sales operations and strategy. Notably, she was a founding member of Google’s sales operation team and later assumed the role of Head of Market Intelligence and Strategy after the acquisition of YouTube. At Facebook, Orr gained further insights into organizational dynamics, advocating for reevaluating traditional workplace structures.

Educationally grounded, Marissa Orr holds degrees that underpin her professional acumen. Her academic background complements her career path, providing a solid foundation for her strategic insights and thought leadership in corporate environments.

Marissa Orr brings a unique blend of skills to her presentations and writings, combining deep research with personal anecdotes to deliver impactful messages on corporate diversity, gender equity, and leadership development. Her ability to synthesize complex concepts into accessible narratives empowers audiences to reconsider prevailing norms in organizational behaviour.

Recognized for her contributions, Orr received Google’s highest honour, the Founder’s Award, for her pioneering work within the company’s sales and strategy team. This accolade underscores her reputation as a forward-thinking strategist capable of driving meaningful change within large-scale organizations.

Beyond her professional achievements, Marissa Orr is passionate about reshaping corporate culture to foster greater inclusivity and fairness. Her advocacy extends beyond the boardroom, emphasizing the importance of work-life balance and supportive workplace environments.

Marissa Orr’s journey from Silicon Valley insider to influential speaker and author exemplifies her commitment to challenging established norms and advocating for transformative change in corporate settings. Through her platform, she continues to inspire audiences worldwide, encouraging them to rethink conventional approaches to gender equality and leadership.

Books

Lean Out
Lean Out
Girl gangs reigning terror at Facebook, narcissistic overlords at Google . . . this is the backdrop of Lean Out, which takes readers on the journey of Marissa Orr, a single mom of three trying to find success in her fifteen-year career at the world’s top tech giants. Orr delivers an ambitious...

Articles & Media

Know what game you’re playing” in becoming a great author, an interview with authors Sara Connell & Marissa Orr

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share a story about what brought you to this particular career path? During my time working at Google, there were a spate of thought leadership and training programs aimed at helping their female employees succeed. I’ve always been passionate about helping women, so naturally I got very involved in these efforts and attended everything they offered. But after a while, I became disenchanted. The discussions never seemed to be truly real or honest, and they lacked any sort of practical application to our daily lives. I decided to write my own perspective on the topic, which grew from one presentation into a series of lectures that I presented at...
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The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace: An Interview With Bestselling Author Marissa Orr

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Marissa Orr is a former Google & Facebook executive, a leadership speaker, and the bestselling author of Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace. With 15 years of experience working at today’s top tech giants, as well as having conducted talks for thousands of people in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, at companies and universities such as Google, Twitter, Pace University, New School, American Express, and more—Marissa is one of the leading voices in the public conversation about women at work. In our interview below, Marissa details how her experiences at Google and Facebook led to Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace, how her definition of...
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Ex Google Exec. Gives Insight Into Why Corporate Equality Initiatives Fail, In Eye-Opening New Book.

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Silicon Valley tech giants like Google and Facebook are known for, and tout publicly, a certain progressive ethos of doing business that’s supposedly the opposite of how corporations are known to operate. Now, for the first time, Facebook and Google veteran Marissa Orr provides a first hand, insider look at how employee scores and promotions are really decided in her upcoming book, “Lean Out: The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace” (releasing June 11 via HarperCollins). More than half a century since the equal pay act, the wage gap still hovers at 80%. Half a billion dollars are spent annually on corporate diversity programs, yet only 5% of CEOs in the Fortune 500 are...
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A Myth About the Gender Gap

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Most diversity training programs are based on the theory that the gender gap is largely due to the damaging nature of stereotypes. For example, research shows that when women violate the female stereotype by acting aggressive, commanding or self-assured, others like them less, but when men exhibit such behavior, they are liked more. Because of this likability penalty, we’re told, women are promoted less often and grow less interested in senior roles over time. To combat these forces, many of the country’s largest companies now offer unconscious bias training, where employees learn about stereotypes and how reduce their influence over decision-making. Despite the popularity of these...
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Marissa Orr Topic Presentations

The Truth About Diversity & the Workplace

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  • Former Google and Facebook executive, Marissa Orr, offers a compelling answer to the question few dare to ask: What have we’ve gotten wrong about women at work? Based on in-depth research and personal experiences, Orr shares her journey as a single mom of three trying to find success in her 15-year career at the world’s top tech giants. She gives an insider’s look at the systemic dysfunction inside today’s most progressive organizations, providing a revolutionary new perspective on why there are so few female leaders in corporate America. She doesn’t simply present a counterargument to modern feminist rhetoric but offers a revolutionary path forward to change the trajectory of the lives of women and men in the corporate world and beyond.

Innovation, Creativity & Culture

The Future of Work: Employee Brainpower

Testimonials

Everyone at Twitter is still talking about your women’s leadership presentation. It was one of the most engaging we’ve ever had.

SVP Global Sales Operations & Marketing, Twitter

You crushed it and your energy was contagious. A great ending to our conference!

Business Lead, Women@Google New York

With humor and grace, she challenged us to look at things from a wholly new and useful perspective; one which we’d not heard before, and one we’ve been talking about ever since.

FACEP, Chief Innovation Officer, Sheridan Health

She was amazing. This was by far the best session at the conference.

Direct Quote From Conference Attendee Gartner Catalyst Conference, 2019

Our attendees LOVED your session — the ratings were fabulous! I cannot thank you enough.

Managing Vice President, Gartner Group

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Are you looking to hire Marissa Orr for your event? Marissa Orr New Jersey, USA is a dynamic and engaging speaker that offers audiences researched content paired with expertise and a dynamic speaking ability. Marissa Orr is also a Canadian corporate consultant and coach and facilitates workshops and training sessions for a corporate audience. Marissa Orr is an expert keynote presenter and speaks on wide variety of topics. Hiring a great speaker for your event is important and working with a thought leader like Marissa Orr from Speakers Canada's roster will engage audiences into the content of the presentation to bring awareness and a fresh perspective for their approach to their work and their lives. Book Marissa Orr to educate, motivate and activate the audience through an interactive and entertaining presentation at corporate meetings and gatherings.

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Please contact Speakers Bureau of Canada and provide us with your event details so that we can contact Marissa Orr to check availability or confirm the pricing and associated costs to hire a great speaker like Marissa Orr for your event. As Marissa Orr's agent and as a Canadian top speaker bureau and talent agency for speakers, we are able to propose each event opportunity from each host organization's behalf to try to help you get in touch with Marissa Orr and confirm them for your in person or online meeting/event. We can also provide and advise on the booking process and potentially negotiate their fee. Speakers Canada is a client focused speaker agency, and we work for you in finding good speakers for your team meetings and booking processes.

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Speakers Bureau Canada assists companies and event planning teams seeking to hire talent like Marissa Orr for speaking engagements, virtual meetings, conference appearances, training sessions and workshops facilitations. Our Canadian speakers bureau does not claim to exclusively represent Marissa Orr, however they are represented by Speakers Canada, and we work with them closely for their Canadian speaking opportunities and bookings. As Canada's top speaker bureau, we represent Canadian motivational keynote speakers and professional guest speakers that will be available on your upcoming events date and location that are withing the budget. Our talented bureau speaker booking agency can help find business speakers or celebrity speakers that aligns with each organization, audience, event theme and the topic themes you hope for the speaker to address in their presentation. 

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