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Marissa Levin | Founder & CEO Successful Culture

Entrepreneur • Advisor Washington D.C. Metro Area, US

20yr Entrepreneur | Inc. Magazine Columnist | Growth strategist guiding leaders to their next levels of growth & greatest potential

20yr Entrepreneur | Inc. Magazine Columnist | Growth strategist guiding leaders to their next levels of growth & greatest potential

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Growth
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Successful Culture
Information Experts, Inc.
Information Experts
Information Experts


Entrepreneurs Organization


Chapter Chair, Northern Virginia Region Women Presidents Organization July 2016 - present
Forbes Coaches Council Member Forbes June 2016 - present
Founder | CEO | Strategy Expert | Leadership Expert | Mindset Expert | Board Expert | Change Agent Successful Culture July 2011 - present
Founder & CEO Information Experts, Inc. October 1995 - June 2012
Columnist - Leadership Mindset Expert Inc. Magazine January 2016 - present
Syndicated Columnist SmartCEO January 2013 - present
Guest Lecturer Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland January 2008 - present
Founder & Chairman Information Experts June 2012 - present
Small Business Correspondent WJLA-TV: Washington Business Report January 2012 - August 2015
Founder & CEO Information Experts October 1995 - June 2012


University of Maryland College Park English 1985 - 1989
Marymount University Human Resources Development and Organizational Development 1990 - 1993

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Operations
Advisor With
  • • Content licenseing
  • • Franchising
Markets of Interest
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Social Impact

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Advisory boards • Business Strategy • Company Culture • Executive mentoring • Founder team dynamics • Strategy • Team Building • Vision • Writing

Key Accomplishments

A 20-year entrepreneur & globally recognized business leader, Marissa coaches and advises other executives and leaders on how to move from their current state to desired state, and how to create a mindset of achievement, intention, and growth for themselves and for their organizations. Her engagements center around high personal accountability and proven goal-setting strategies, which are essential components for clients to realize organizational potential, personal potential, and life potential.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development & Organizational Development, is a credentialed coach certified by International Coach Federation (ICF), is certified in Instructional Systems Design, and is a Certified Mastermind Facilitator.

Marissa is the Leadership Mindset columnist for Inc. Magazine, and is an instructor & strategy coach for Inc’s online entrepreneurship education program, Inc.Edu which leads start-up entrepreneurs through an intensive business growth curriculum.

She is the author of “My Company ROCKS!” Eight Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture That Keeps Employees Happy & Engaged," which provides specific strategies on how to build a culture that fosters employee loyalty, engagement, and excitement.

She is also the author of the #1 best-selling book on advisory boards, “Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards”. The book leads businesses owners through her SCALE™ Model to strategically select, compensate, associate, & leverage advisory boards for breakthrough growth. Marissa is also SmartCEO Magazine’s syndicated columnist, penning a column entitled “Get on Board” which advises business owners how to strategically build advisory boards to fuel organizational growth.

Marissa’s 20-year entrepreneurial journey started in 1995 when she founded Information Experts, a global strategic communications and education firm, in 1995 that has served more than 15 federal agencies. She launched her firm with no outside funding after working for a man that capped her worth at $34,000. Marissa has led her firm through the implosion of the telecom and internet industries, 9/11 terrorist attacks, three recessions, three government shut-downs, the collapse of the auto, finance, & housing markets, and two cancer scares, while raising two sons as a hands-on mom.

Under her leadership through 2011, Information Experts won more than 90 awards for creativity & leadership, was named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2009, 2010, &
2011, and won the 2010 SmartCEO GovStar Industry Star Award.

Marissa’s passion of mentoring other leaders motivated her to launch Successful Culture in June 2011. Through Successful Culture she applies her 20 years of experience to help leaders achieve their highest potential through leader-to-leader coaching, build exceptional organizations to engage & inspire employees, and keep top-level talent.

She was named as a 2009, 2010, and 2011 SmartCEO Smart 100 participant by SmartCEO Magazine, which recognizes the top 100 CEOs in the region, and was named as a 2008 BRAVO Award winner, which honors the region’s 25 most influential women CEOs. In 2011, she was one of the first honorees to be inducted into the SmartCEO Hall of Fame for outstanding and exemplary women’s leadership.

She was named as one of Washington’s Top 100 Technology Titans for 2009 by Washingtonian Magazine and was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Marissa was also named as one of greater Washington’s “Women Who Mean Business” by the Washington Business Journal, which honors the region’s “most influential and powerful” women executives.

Marissa and her husband Adam are the parents to two teenage “boys,” ages 15 & 18, and Lexie, a 5-year old Golden Doodle. They live in Ashburn, VA. At 5’9, Marissa is the shortest member of her family, of which she is reminded daily.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Potentially as an outside strategic partner,

As an Advisor

I am the author of "Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards" so I can help businesses build great boards.

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Christopher Helmrath
They're my advisor  •  President - SC&H Capital, SC&H Capital.
Marissa is a true professional who always puts her clients interests above her own and brings sophisticated insight into her relationships.
Amy Bevilacqua
They're my friends  •  President, National Education Initiative.
Marissa is an extremely savvy, well-informed, experienced executive who is particularly knowledgeable on issues of leadership and culture. ... She is a student of this area, a prolific writer, and an energetic connector of people and ideas.
Fred Diamond
They're my friends  •  Executive Director and Co-Founder, Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES). Emory grad.
She's very engaging. Super smart. Amazingly creative. Very intuitive and committed to who she works with and for.
Cynthia de Lorenzi
We worked together  •  Board of Directors, TiE-DC. George Mason grad.
There are innumerable areas where Marissa could be an invaluable adviser to any team or individual no matter where they are on their career ... journey. Start-up, CEO, inspiration or simply needing to pivot or shift, Marissa can help. She is one of my "go-to" resources whenever I am eager to explore new ideas!
Jennifer Brown, MBA, SPHR
We worked together  •  Owner and HR Consultant, PeopleTactics.
Marissa is an extremely skilled advisor. Her experience building two businesses and working with countless CEOs, entrepreneurs and leaders t ... o help them develop their business strategies and meet their objectives uniquely positions as an advisor. Given her breadth of advising experience, it was incredibly difficult to choose just 3 items in which she'd be helpful. She has a wonderful ability to see the true issues at play in a situation and then to offer on-point solutions that get to the heart of the issue. Marissa also has a knack for connecting people who can benefit from knowing one another. In addition, she wrote THE book on how to establish advisory boards and is a sought after speaker and writer on this topic as well as others. Above all, she truly cares about the people to whom she advises and is solely focused on helping them and their business achieve their greatest potential!

Jason Weisenthal
They're my friends  •  CEO,
As a 20+ year entrepreneur that advises other CEOs on leadership development, strategy, and organizational culture, I know the characteristi ... cs that successful entrepreneurs embody, and Jason has them all. He's a visionary. He's driven. He's passionate. He's super-smart. He's committed to living life to the fullest potential. He's a connector, and craves connection. He just has everything one needs to fuel the entrepreneurial fire.