What People Are Saying…


Working with Marsha is purpose personified.  She patiently guides you through strategic planning and goal-setting exercises that will help you map out a plan to reach your objectives.  Not only does she challenge your thinking, but she also encourages you to stay the course, even when the going gets tough.  Step into your purpose by working with StepWise Associates.

– M. Banks, Entrepreneur

I truly enjoy working with Marsha. Not only is she the epitome of professionalism, she is also very caring and genuine. Marsha’s career coaching skills and expertise helped me better organize and focus on my business. Before working with Marsha, I felt like a hamster on a spinning wheel.  The wheel has definitely stopped spinning now. Working with Marsha is definitely a rewarding experience.

– E. Rivera, Small Business Owner

Marsha Haygood has created the absolute perfect medium to assist individuals preparing for the next step in their career.  In addition to exploring tangible opportunities, I was afforded a comfortable environment that promoted unique exercises whereby I did self-strategizing and self-exploration to garner new revelations about my overall goals and objectives in my career and life.

StepWise Associates promotes self evolution to actualize your absolute best in your career and personal sector.  At a time when I was transitioning in my career and taking on greater responsibilities, Marsha guided me towards building reasonable self-metrics as well as helping me redefine success on my terms.  As a result, my career continues to flourish and I continue to employ the skill set and learnings obtained during my development work with StepWise.

I am more confident and poised in my choices because of the work I did with Marsha.  I am able to observe and appreciate the present with greater confidence, granting me more assurance regarding the future.  No longer consumed in my older nonsense and fears about risks, my metamorphosis has brought me to new heights in my life.

S.M.Russell, Account Executive

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There is more art than science in executive coaching. Successful coaches are able to assess an individual client’s needs and hone in on strategies that help them soar. That’s what Marsha Haygood does! She has had great success coaching in my organization and we see the result daily. She has also worked with us on career development sessions for large groups where she received rave reviews from our employees. Marsha is at the top of her game and is my first choice for executive coaching or professional development sessions.

– W. Jackson National Urban League


I have attended several workshops that Marsha has facilitated.  They have all been informative and upbeat.  She keeps everyone involved and entertained while she shares valuable information.

– Cathy B.

Passion, Potential and Goal Fulfillment are terms Marsha Haygood uses to describe the essence of her vision and work. In truth, she profoundly exhibits all three in her life and actions.
As the Director of CAUSE-NY  the Intergroup and Community Building Division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY,  I have  witnessed the energy, insight and power of motivation that Marsha brings to her work as a Board member of YouthBridge-NY, a teen Leadership in diversity program we manage, and to the trainings she has done for my staff. She inspires others to take bold steps in creating new vistas for themselves and those they are entrusted to serve.

Rabbi Bob Kaplan
Director, Cause-NY

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Marsha Haygood has a timely and worthwhile message of hope and new possibilities to remind us all that we can survive and persevere despite unexpected and profound loss and/or changes in life. Marsha’s homegrown wisdom and world-wise perspective gives her a unique ability to connect with everyone in the room. I have seen her at work and she has the talent and insight to engage and inspire her audiences across all demographics. She is a natural!

C. Quintero, Human Resources Executive

On behalf of the Girls’ Leadership class and NSA, I would like to say thank you for speaking to our group.  The girls found the presentation engaging, fun and thought provoking.  We truly appreciate you helping us change the lives of adolescent girls in the community. Thanks again for giving us an opportunity to put a smiling face to the idea of philanthropy and service.  We hope to work with you again in the future.

T. S. McField, Executive Director – Non-profit organization

Dear Marsha,
Everyone’s talking about it….the interaction, the feedback, and that fact that you totally engaged the audience, and don’t forget the book signing, made your presentation a huge success!
You exuded confidence, a warm conversational style, you quickly connected with the audience, clearly because of your extensive experience within human resources. And best of all, you provided practical takeaways on leadership, change, perception and consequences for the choices you make.
You Rock!

– S. Cannistraci, AVP, Marketing Strategies & Local Branding
New York Life

An engaging and inspirational speaker, Marsha combines home-grown wisdom with concrete action steps.  She is perfect for Leadership, Diversity, and Business Development forums.  Her speeches are based on real-life executive experience and a commitment to sharing best practices.

– E. Womble, Diversity Works Internationally

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Marsha Haygood was a welcomed addition to our team. During a time of rapid and stressful changes, Marsha was the professional, level headed and innovative consultant we could always count on. She is a pleasure to work with!

A. Goldberg
Publishing, EVP Marketing

I have known and worked with Marsha Haygood since she was the EVP of Human Resources for New Line Cinema and I was the SVP of Talent Development at Time Warner. Marsha and I interacted at Time Warner on a number of strategic HR initiatives, including leadership development; succession management/planning; and diversity training for our most senior executives. We also collaborated on executive coaching and the handling of difficult human resources issues. Through those experiences with Marsha, I developed a deep respect for Marsha’s knowledge, effectiveness and her straight forward, transparent and decisive leadership style.

Since that time, I have worked with Marsha in a number of different capacities. Marsha has a thriving business as a motivational speaker and coach. She has spoken for an organization that I am associated with on several occasions and the participants found the information of great benefit and most importantly, they were motivated to try new approaches. Marsha is also an effective coach; able to provide feedback and methods for individuals to gain personal insight into their leadership styles and/or their effectiveness in their work, leading to beneficial changes in behavior.
Marsha is the co- author of the book “Little Black Book of Success” which provides anyone in the workforce with a practical tool kit on how to be successful in the workplace. I highly recommend Marsha as a coach; a motivational speaker; facilitator; or HR consultant.

C. Augustine
SVP Human Resources