Marva Bailer

Marva Bailer is an American storyteller, connector, and positive motivator. She is the author of Be Unexpected (2022), a guide to energizing routine and mundane office meetings.

Marva Bailer holds degrees from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. She is a board member of the non-profit organization Women in Technology and an advisory board member of tech startup Strike Ready. The Technology Association of Georgia recognized her as Leader of the Year for Large Enterprise.

As a breast cancer survivor, mom, and tech executive, Marva Bailer uses her personal and career experiences to motivate and educate others.

Marva Bailer is a purpose-driven executive with two decades of experience leading teams for global businesses. She is a model of servant leadership and a growth mindset through mentorship and the intersection of purpose and passion.

In her debut book, Be Unexpected: Resetting Routines to Revolutionize the Future Of Work, Bailer urges leaders to cultivate curiosity, courage, confidence, and a collaborative spirit to create a positive work environment that fosters mutual trust, engagement, innovation, and meaningful relationships.

As a curious and inclusive leader, Marva presents a creative collection of real-world-tested strategies for effective communication in the workplace, tailored to seasoned leaders and developing managers.

Drawing from her extensive career as a sales, solution engineering, enablement, and marketing leader for companies ranging from startups to blue chip brands like IBM, Amazon, Splunk, and Twilio, Marva infuses her work with optimistic energy and a current, real-world perspective. She takes pride in developing talent and leading high-growth, diverse, multigenerational teams to become trusted advisors, innovators, and "inspirators."

"I am a fearless female tech leader who is never afraid to disrupt the status quo," she says.

Marva is the mother of two adult children. She resides in Charleston, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, with Don, her husband of 30 years.

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