Marion Brooks has 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, of which 20 have been with Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Throughout his career, Marion has taken on roles of increasing responsibility and has diversified his experience in roles that include head of marketing and head of sales.
He is currently the vice president and US country head of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for Novartis, where he leads the development and implementation of the diversity and inclusion strategy for Novartis’ 15,000 US employees. In his role, Marion has implemented innovative approaches to attract, retain and develop talent, including the development of new hiring guidelines that require gender and racial diversity in candidate slates and on interviewing panels.
Throughout his career, Marion has demonstrated outstanding performance winning numerous awards. In 2020 he was recognized as one of the Top 100 Human Resource Professionals in the World at the 2020 ONCON Icon Awards. His business awards include; Director of the Year, Business Leader of the Year, Training Excellence Award, World-Wide Franchise Award, and numerous Business Excellence Awards.
In addition to his work at Novartis, Marion is an internationally certified executive coach and the author of the #1 Best Seller; What You Don’t Know Is Hurting You: 4 Keys to a Phenomenal Career. The book won three awards at the New York City Big Book Awards (Best Career, Best Self-Help, and Best African American Non-Fiction).
Raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Marion has remained committed to people and their development. He stays true to this passion through his volunteer work in the community and numerous mentoring relationships. He was a founder of and currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Sunshine’s Open Door Foundation, an organization focused on supporting foster children, and a member of the advisory board for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA).
Marion is a proud father to Morgan, 22, who recently received her BA in Management and he also raised his three nieces, Christarian, Montrese, and Henette.