Our Life Coach


Meet Our Life Coach Marlene

Marlene Carpena is a Certified Life Coach specializing in Transitional Coaching methods. Marlene takes an individualized approach in helping people tap into and reach their potential, so as to find fulfillment personally, professionally, and in their relationships. Marlene helps them to develop an action plan and strategy toward reaching their goals.

The work that Marlene finds most gratifying is her work with women in transition, specifically those going through changes in their relationships, including separation, divorce, family dynamics, work balance as well as aging parents. Currently she is on retainer with one of the largest registered investment advisory firms in the Metropolitan area, where she coaches the advisors, helping them discover the mental obstacles holding them back from reaching their goals. She has an extensive background in helping individuals and professionals explore their passions, values, strengths, and core beliefs. In addition, she has been the leader of a monthly Meetup Group in Montclair, New Jersey, where she offers complimentary services to members of the community. Here, she has given freely of her time to assist people from all walks of life that are feeling lost, stuck or uncertain. She is also a volunteer at Good Grief in Morristown, New Jersey, where she helps families that have lost a loved one.

Prior to launching her coaching career, Marlene spent 30 years within the medical field, working with patients dealing with major life changes as well as physicians struggling to find a work/life balance. As a patient care coordinator, she’s able to enhance the patient and physician experience, by engaging the patient in a caring, positive, safe environment, which in turn allows the physician to spend quality time with them.

As a leader in her field, Marlene was asked to help produce a training video for the nursing staff at JFK Hospital in Edison, NJ. The exercise was created to enhance patient care, communication, and customer service in the local Emergency Room. While practitioners are trained in objectively viewing and treating medical complaints, Marlene helped them understand the importance of proper communication and education to improve patient compliance and outcomes.
Marlene’s passion for fitness also led to her becoming a fitness coach. Within this role, she helped people overcome their mental hurdles to reach their maximum physical potential. Through encouragement and education, Marlene has helped countless people become their best versions of themselves.
Marlene’s coaching certification came through iPEC, which is an accredited program of the coaching industry’s overseer, International Coach Federation (ICF).

Marlene resides in Montclair, NJ. She has two grown sons, enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and staying fit. Her friends and clients know her best for her positive attitude, sense of humor, and her ability to make those around her feel as optimistic and enthusiastic as she is. Marlene helps people to identify what they really want and to find the confidence they need to achieve their dreams.

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