Marie Jones

Facilitation Fellow, Fall 2019

Country of origin: USA

Date started with Soliya: 2014

Education and field of work: For my bachelor's degree I studied Arabic, history of the Middle East, and biology. Since graduating five years ago, I worked at Google in People Operations in a variety of roles. I had the opportunity to work on initiatives for diversity, equity, and inclusion across the company. I facilitated and developed trainings, recruited new hires, helped managers with employee performance management, and worked with leaders on their strategy, planning, and communications. In 2020, I will be starting graduate school in clinical social work. I hope to use my training to support immigrants and refugees in the US.

One accomplishment you're proud of: I started and led a project team at Google to address bias in the organization. The project team was able to make a measurable impact by helping people identify and address bias, as well as build more inclusive teams. 

What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? So many things! There is an urgent need for critical thinking skills and building connections across cultures — Soliya is able to successfully develop these skills and build meaningful relationships. As a facilitator, I've had the opportunity to see first hand when a participant has a breakthrough in their thinking and is able to see an alternate perspective (on a given topic) for the first time. As a coach of facilitators, I've seen how Soliya develops their facilitators and provides them with a skill set that makes them highly effective not only on the Soliya platform, but in many situations beyond. 

What can you be found doing when not working/facilitating/training? Spending time with friends and family and laughing a lot! I enjoy cooking and hosting dinner parties and have one almost every week. I'm very lucky to live in a place with many extraordinary mountains, beaches, and forests, so I try to explore these as much as possible.  

Favorite food: Mangoes