Marlene Chism

Marlene Chism


About Marlene Chism

Marlene Chism is a leading authority on stopping workplace drama. She works with senior leaders and their teams to build drama-free cultures that drive growth and reduce costly mistakes. Marlene is known for helping managers address “the elephant in the room” and initiate conversations that gets results.

Marlene is a recognized expert on the Linked In / Lynda global learning platform, producing educational videos on Anger Management, and Having Difficult Conversations.

She is the author of three commercially published books: Stop Workplace Drama (Wiley 2011), No-Drama Leadership (Bibliomotion 2015), and Stop Drama in Your Healthcare Practice (Greenbranch 2018), with a fourth book to be published in 2022 entitled From Conflict to Courage: How to Stop Avoiding and Start Leading (Berrett-Koehler, 2022)

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership Development
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Performance conversations


BA, Communications
Drury University

MA, Human Resources Development
Webster University


Enhanced Practitioner Narrative Coaching

WBECS (World Business Executive Coach Summit)