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Marilyn Edmunds Bowser

Vice President

People Operations


Marilyn is an innovative People Operations leader with a decade of experience in the non-profit sector. She currently serves as the Vice President of People Ops for Vital Voices an NGO investing in women taking on the world’s greatest challenges to achieve gender equity globally. Her experience is in Recruitment, Change Management, Employee Engagement, Performance Management, JDE&I, and Employee Relations. Marilyn’s passion lies in designing and implementing people-centric policies to support equity and wellbeing in the workplace.

As a Passionate educator she has a strong desire to help students and adult learners recognize the connection between learning and experience. Strong communicator who can clearly and confidently lecture audiences in corporate, classroom and social impact environments. Energetic, and motivating personality to encourage diverse groups to engage in meaningful  discussions about topics ranging from HR Analytics, DEI to ethical leadership to help them learn the value of communication and collaboration. Skilled at using technology to facilitate and enhance learning and able to quickly learn the operation of new HRIS software systems. Team leader who committed to contributing to organizational objectives to create an optimal experience for everyone.

As a Recruiter, Teacher, and Compassionate Change Agent she has recognized the importance of transforming systems and broader society through the power of institutional change and connection. Over the course of her career, Marilyn’s passion for equity ignited her focus on recruiting Women, Black, Indigenous, and LGBTQIA+ communities to open access to opportunity.