About Marcia Bench
Marcia Bench is a #1 best selling author, professional speaker, and business coach, with more than 30 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and running her own businesses. She is committed to helping both individuals and organizations clarify and communicate their most powerful vision and message, refine it into an easy-to-follow signature system, and monetize it in leveraged programs through multiple media.
A former attorney, Marcia has authored 25 books and is a master at both creating her own products and mentoring others in creating theirs. Her latest are Become an Inspirational Thought Leader; Career Coaching: An Insider’s Guide (Third Edition) and and The Tao of Entrepreneurship. Her newest book, Success by the Numbers: Discover Your Keys to Wealth and Fulfillment Through Business Numerology, was published in 2013.
In 2001, she founded the first career coach training organization in the world, Career Coach Institute (now Inspired Business Institute), and has grown it to a worldwide community with students in 42 countries. She literally invented the industry of career coaching and continues to actively teach and mentor career coaches.
Marcia realized in her teens that she had an important life’s purpose to fulfill, and began a quest to discover it. Throughout her years in high school, college and law school she pursued personal and spiritual growth. It was finally when she became a part-time entrepreneur in 1986 that she knew she was honing in on her purpose.
Marcia began speaking in 1986 when she was awakened in the middle of the night with the idea for a class she would teach and the book she would write for the class. That was the beginning of her career as a writer, speaker, author, trainer, and coach/consultant.
Her first business was a consulting, speaking and consulting firm helping individuals with business start-up, marketing and business development. She also got involved with state entrepreneurial politics and was visible in the Portland, Oregon area entrepreneur community.
She then formed her own law firm and, after just 2 years, wrote her first book, When 9 to 5 Isn’t Enough, later published by Hay House, and embarked on a national book/seminar tour. She sold her home, law practice and possessions to buy an RV and travel the country for 10 months, helping people do what they love for a living. She shared the stage with Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr. Deepak Chopra, and other notable speakers.
Marcia discovered coaching in 2000 after a stint as an Executive Vice President in a career management firm. She absolutely loved the power of coaching to help clients uncover the answers they sought for themselves. Shortly after graduating from coaching school she founded Career Coach Institute and quickly grew it to a mid-6-figure earning, international coach training company in the new niche of career coaching.
She has been active throughout her 20-plus year career in supporting entrepreneurship through her writing, speaking, and volunteering. She was on the Oregon Governor’s Committee for Minority and Women Business Participation, and was selected as a facilitator at the White House Conference on Small Business.
In 2008, Marcia once again felt the calling to step into her purpose in a bigger way, so she founded Purposeful Entrepreneur Institute to help entrepreneurs and business leaders brand their offerings to reach their clients or customers more effectively.
In 2014, Marcia elevated both her three primary coach training programs and her company’s mentoring to a new level by founding Inspired Business Institute, which offers career, retirement and inspired business success coach training and mentoring to professionals in transition as well as existing coaches and business owners.
She is a member of Ewomen Network. Marcia is a frequent speaker and media guest and lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.