Audio interview with Ama Marston

Transforming challenges: From Patti Smith to the global arena.

In this age of anxiety that we’re living in, it’s arguably more important than ever that all of us learn to meet uncertainty head-on. As my next guest, Ama Marston, would say, “It’s imperative that we learn to deal with challenges not as a passing state, but as a condition of life.” Ama is a strategy and leadership consultant who’s worked with many Fortune 500 companies and the United Nations. She recently published a book called Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World that introduces an innovative new framework. Ama argues that while much of the world still believes that Type A people are our best leaders and innovators, the future actually lies with what she calls “Type Rs” —people, businesses, families, and even entire communities that turn challenges into opportunities in times of upheaval, crisis, and change.

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Ama Marston

Ama Marston is the award-winning co-author of Type-R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World. She is an entrepreneur and internationally recognized transformative resilience, leadership, and purpose-led business expert. Marston has worked with some of the world’s poorest people as well as the most powerful. This includes work on five continents with international leaders like Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland, the United Nations, FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, Oxford University, and numerous international NGOs and community organizations. 

Marston has long been hailed an original thinker and innovator and has received multiple awards and fellowships, including an Axiom Business Book Award Gold Medal and a Council of Women World Leaders Fellowship. Ama and her work have been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, the Guardian, ABC News, BBC, and numerous others. She received a Masters Degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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