About Marcia Xenitelis

Meet Marcia

Marcia is a highly sought after international professional speaker, author and consultant and coach. Her experience in helping organisations overcome resistance to change amongst their employees and leaders has saved many projects from being abandoned.


What stands Marcia apart of from others in this field is her track record working on projects that are stalled and where the relationship between IT and the Business has broken down.  Working with senior executives Marcia has rescued multi million dollar projects by identifying the cause of resistance on projects and designing engagement strategies to get the project to successful implementation in a short amount of time.  This results not only in saved costs but enables the organisation to move ahead with its business strategy with all employees and their leaders onboard.

Marcia is the author of several manuals which have been sold in more than 20 countries and Fortune 500 companies. The focus of her online blog is making a difference by ensuring that employees get the message. What you want is for employees to say “Aha” now I get it, and to understand their role in the change process and the business reasons for the changes.

Marcia has delivered the keynote address at conferences in China, Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Her topics of Employee Engagement – The Secrets of Success and Change Management – Strategies that Inspire Employees are focused on high impact low cost approaches to employee engagement. She also conducts workshops and masterclasses for project managers. Her programs on overcoming resistance on projects in conjunction with the Project Management Institute have been oversubscribed.

What Others Are Saying

See my latest client testimonials 

The session was really useful – my main takeaways were to set up and hold a Method Adoption Workshop and how to frame conversations differently to get better outcomes for me and the project. A really useful session.

Courtney Walker

Project Manager Minter Ellison

Today I learnt some techniques that I can take away and implement immediately. I found this workshop really useful and valued the knowledge and perspective Marcia shared.

Julie Beaufill

Senior Advisor Special Projects – Waikato Regional Council

Marcia’s presentation style and case studies were exceptionally useful on understanding project success and overcoming resistance both interally and externally. I look forward to implementing these new skills at work.

Katrina Aro

Conference Manager – The Conference Company

We focus on the framework and theory of projects. This workshop gives a window into real world conversations, how to frame them and what works on projects.

Tania Parker

Senior Lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology

I got some good practical ideas on overcoming resistance in projects.  It was great to get real life examples and specifics on how to manage resistance and run meetings, rather than just theory. Marcia has very interesting experience and is a good presenter. Thank you.

Therese Dench

Project Manager – BECA

Marcia’s half day workshop was a very effective and information filled time, from a practioner who know’s her stuff. Sound guidance, tips and advice for use in the real world.

David Herrick

Environmental Compliance Specialist – Meridian Energy

My team leader suggested our team should do this together. I hoped I would feel re-motivated to deal with project resistance. I do feel motivated following this session.

Deb Murfin

Senior Project Co-ordinator - CEC

The minute we read her profile, the first word that came was “interesting”… and in a good way of course! Marcia worked with me on an Employee Engagement training Course in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. From the initial contact, right through to the end of the Course, Marcia was a professional; straight-forward and transparent in her approach and communication with me. Her Courses were rated “Excellent” by my participants and its easy to see why – Marcia has in-depth, working knowledge of the Corporate world and her sessions were deeply engaging. She often forces one to think “outside the box”, which was exactly what the participants needed. Her plethora of examples taken from her own experience gave her an edge over many other consultants.

Norazlina Manap

Senior Manager (Training), Euromoney ABF

Marcia provides some excellent insights into what it takes to make your project / program a success. Well worth your time.

Brendan McMillan

IT project manager – Hydro Tasmania