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Candace Taylor

Dream Doula, Revolutionary Mentor

Marie is one of the smartest people I know, and she’s also one of the sharpest and impactfully critical. Her observations and insight have contributed to tremendous growth in my professional and personal life. She has helped me to identify and fully commit to my dreams as well as the goals and objectives it takes to manifest them. Marie goes beyond her service offerings and acts as a mentor and cheerleader for anyone in need. I truly cannot recommend working with her enough. I signed up for her Side Hustle Intensive during a huge life transition phase and set up the building blocks and pathway to fulfilling my life purpose. I would have been totally satisfied with the resources and learnings and confidence I gained from that experience; however, in the process, she’s also become lifelong co-conspirator helping me manifest my vision every step of the way.


Deana Jean

Coach, Strategist, Keynote Speaker

Before working with Marie there was no business. Now there is one, and a successful one! This year has been all about really digging in and understanding my worth and value as a Consultant and Coach. Trusting that and seeing it modeled by Marie is what really gave me the confidence to launch my business full time! Before working with Marie there was no business. Now there is one, and it’s a successful one, like this is my livelihood, and contributes significantly to how we provide for our family. Sometimes you work with people and they keep all of their jewels and processes close to the chest, maybe from fear of competition. But with Marie, she is always transparent about sharing her processes, network and resources.


Charlene Brown

Web/Brand Identity Developer

Working with Marie is a monumental milestone that I think every business owner should do especially if you are a solopreneur because it will force you to really take stock in what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, how you’re doing it, and focus on better ways to improve. Marie really supported me in staying grounded in reality. You hear people say ‘oh, I’m in business to help others’ and that’s great but at the end of the day you need to eat. I can’t do $5 websites. If I’m doing that, I’m just going from one slave owner to another. This is about being a real business owner, and that’s my ultimate goal.


Betty Chan

Authenticity Coach

The pre-event communication was stellar. We got just enough reminders and Cassandra’s tips were a pleasant and helpful surprise. I never experienced a space where we got loving guidance on how to take rest!


Kerry Ann Elliott

Values Alignment Coach

I can’t find the words to express how much I learned this past weekend. I learned a wealth of ways of being and strategies that will help me to improve my skills as a facilitator.


Sharon Drapeau

Coach, Writer, VA

This experience was fulfilling
if you are looking to learn or expand your skills as a facilitator. If you are a BIPOC woman looking for like-minded business women to learn from and with, this is a great and safe place for you.


Akua Nyame-Mensah

Leadership & Culture Advisor

I am just so grateful that you opened this opportunity to me and I just had honestly the most incredible day with you. I cannot believe that was almost 7 hours. Yeah, you’re magical, you and your team, absolutely magical so just thank you so much. I think I’m just really unlearning a lot of things just being in this session about what’s possible with virtual work and it’s actually making me excited about potentially doing longer trainings because you know for the five years I’ve been doing this work I very much have stayed away from that, but I see what’s possible with this and I’m just so excited and I’m just like I’m ready.


Lyncy Yang

DEIB Consultant, Educator, Facilitator, ICF-Certified Trauma Informed Coach

This is a supportive and intensive workshop for people who facilitate via Zoom can find this beneficial to hone their practice in leveraging tools like AI, apps, somatics, and community knowledge.


Heather K. Symone

Leadership Coach and Educator, Certified Life Coach

This was an incredible gift of an experience you gave me. It has impacted me so greatly and I’m truly grateful. I just need to say in advance – I’m still basking in the learning from last weekend. I’m better now and will grow more in my craft because of you. I would describe it as a good strength training weekend for one’s facilitation muscles. This program is different because it integrates space for self-care and practices that support facilitation in a holistic way. It’s also experiential so you can put things into practice and get supportive feedback. Tremendously grateful. I really feel I can put so much into practice starting tomorrow. Looking forward to digesting and integrating. I’ve grown this weekend.


Loretta Hickman

Education Consultant, Leader & Teacher Coach, Curriculum Implementation Advisor

It helps me to feel rooted in a tangible plan vs before when I was like, “I hope I can start a business.” It is ok to move away from full time work but not ok to jump without a plan. One of the things I’m taking away from here is a plan financially, to save up and move away from full time work, but also a plan to build up my business. Who are my other clients? Where are the other spaces I want to work in? How am I starting to plant seeds there, so in the fall I have certain things lined up, moving fully into business with clients that are part time or consulting. That is a tangible thing I look at multiple times a week.


Merlyne Jean-Louis

Business and Entertainment Lawyer

I appreciated the calming effect that Marie’s coaching program had on me, helping me to deal with the stress of running a business. I also learned the importance of working smarter, not harder, and trusting my gut more when dealing with business matters. Marie’s coaching has also helped me make significant changes in my business, such as building new marketing processes and sales systems, which have made running my business easier. I’m also learning to see marketing as a friend, rather than an adversary!


Ariel Hunsberger

Leadership Development & Organizational Effectiveness Leader

Marie is pushing me to acknowledge what’s there – not just the dynamics on the surface but the underlying motivations and beliefs that I need to recognize in order to really understand everything that shapes how I show up and move through the world.


Darnisa Amante-Jackson

Disruptive Equity Education Project

I’m not stressed about money anymore. Marie, you’re a life-saver. Seriously, I feel inspired and in control about saving. like I have an emerging P&L and it makes sense


Arielle Ortiz

Life Space Coach and Organizer

I feel like by the end of the Side Hustle class everything feels integrated – it all came together really seamlessly, really beautifully for me I actually didn’t expect how super-aligned I feel. I’m really proud of myself and of where I am as a whole person. I don’t know if that could have happened without this class. It has been amazing!


Christa Pratt


The Side Hustle Intensive is a really beautiful gathering of Black women supporting each other as they build their businesses into their wildest dreams. It has a sense of community of women still in different places in their journeys with their businesses, but still able to come to a common space of being really committed to their businesses and understanding not only that we want to make them happen as our full time jobs, but that it’s personal for all of us too.


Lara Zakaria

Nutritionist, Pharmacist, Health Professional

From the moment I had my first session with Marie – it was on! I organized my goals, wrapped my mind around what resources I had and which ones I needed to acquire, started leveraging my network more effectively, and within a few months, I had booked myself solid with paid engagements. Marie was there at every step, preparing for the presentations, giving me feedback, and most importantly helping me make the mindset shift I needed to get out of my own way. Could I have done this without her? Maybe, but there’s something special about spending time with Maire. Working together completely exceeded my expectations in terms of exposure, revenue, and client response. Working with Marie has been a game-changer!


Sarah Quartey

Product Specialist, Facebook

Marie picked up on my strengths immediately, well before we started getting into the speech itself. This made me feel even more confident in her advice, because she clearly knows how to identify the strengths and areas of opportunity for a speaker pretty much on sight. I wanted to feel confident presenting a story that had a strict outline. Usually when I present a speech, I have the bad habit (but helpful habit!) of doing it on the fly. I specifically wanted Marie to help me feel comfortable and confident working from an outline with a time limit, but still embracing my natural strengths as funny and engaging. Marie is just real and fun. I was telling a difficult story for a type of event I’d absolutely never had to prepare for before, and yet I felt immediately comfortable telling her my concerns, fears, and story


Judy Jackson

Global Head of Culture, WPP

Marie is a master coach and knows how to bring out the absolute best in others. I have worked with Marie over the last 3 years, initially thru Own The Room where she helped me learn to be my authentic self in public speaking engagements. Since then, I have engaged Marie to help team members and colleagues remove their fear of public speaking – and she worked her magic. She has even helped job candidates I have referred, with their interviewing techniques and helping them to seal that job offer! I can’t say enough about the magic Marie brings to any communications challenge. And her skills and talents go beyond communications – To helping people practice resilience and bounce back from adversity to embracing uncharted waters. I am honored to have had the opportunity to learn from the best = Marie Deveaux!


Brencia Berry

Director of Coalition, & Community Engagement

I would highly suggest coaching with Marie for anybody, especially Black women who want to start their own business. I didn’t know anything like it existed! Side Hustle Intensive helped me break down all of the most important aspects that need to be handled for successfully running a business. It also helped provide community and accountability which is really important to me. I would highly suggest coaching with Marie for anybody, especially Black women who want to start their own business. I didn’t know anything like it existed. Side Hustle Intensive It’s a fabulous place to be in community and also learn some hard operational skills. I would say it is an opportunity for not just like business growth and building but like personal growth and building.


Theon Freeman

Driving Community in Social Impact Spaces

I enjoyed my coaching sessions with, Marie! She has a great way of making you feel comfortable and “heard” very quickly. Having worked with multiple coaches from varying backgrounds and skillsets, I noticed the importance to have someone in your corner that not only coached but held you accountable at all costs. I can’t speak for all but for me, growth is tied to strong accountability especially when you have a 9-5 and trying to bring your “side hustle” dreams to fruition! Ultimately, Marie dared to ask the “right” questions and brought out ideas, feelings and emotions that I needed to (and still do) deal with head on. Success isn’t made over night but the journey is that much more palpable, with guidance from an experienced life coach like, Marie Deveaux!


Jenna S

Marketing Lead at Facebook

Marie truly loves what she does – and is great at it! Marie has been an amazing speaking coach to me. She challenges me while explaining why certain speaking techniques are effective. She takes time to prepare for all of our sessions while being prompt and responsive to communications. She’s successfully worked with me remotely too as I’m not based in the NYC area. Marie truly loves what she does– and is great at it. I highly recommend Marie if you are looking to improve your speaking – whether that is internal or external – in person or remote — Marie covers it all!


Regina Hubbard

Motivational Healer LICSW

I was working 65 hours a week while trying to take care of my children, and I knew it wasn’t working. I signed up for the Side Hustle Intensive and did leave my full-time job, and started a private practice. And I only work when my children are napping! The shifting of the mindset opened the doors up for so many things, not just my business, but for my husband and children. I am able to make empowering business decisions like moving my practice towards private pay clients, only due to me developing the skills to be unapologetic about my ideal client, and charging for therapy. The program ignited the fire under me, of asking myself what is the thing I want to achieve? And then, after that, honing right in!


Luz Schreiber

Writing with Light Authorship Coach

This class is not all about money or budgeting. It has been a series of empowering and healing conversations around self worth self love and self transformation. I have a lot of clarity about who I want to work with as a client. I’ve had my first live online class, and 24 people signed up and showed up! I’m actually in business now! I just want to tell anybody who’s struggling, “Oh my G-d! you need to get on this class.” THANK YOU MARIE!


Shenell Evans

Resilience and Growth Oracle

With the Side Hustle Intensive, I feel like I have grown. It’s been 12 weeks, and I’ve gained a lot that I can’t even quantify. I’m so happy and excited about how life has been unfolding, I’m pleased to see progress within myself, and you’re part of that, so thank you!


Rachel G

Executive Coach, Master Facilitator, Speaker

Marie was a pleasure to work with as she is committed to excellence and dedicated to creating the best work environment providing effective feedback both verbally and in writing to encourage positive change. Marie encourages excellence in her colleagues and seeks it for herself, showing only professionalism, support and enthusiasm in doing so.


Tracey Y

Associate Professor at Duke University

Marie’s coaching made a big difference for me and the way I delivered my research information to the audience. It’s not just practicing a lot, it’s using multimedia, stories, and analogies to engage the audience. It felt really good, and I felt secure and owned it. I realize my presentation wasn’t just spewing out information, and for the first time, I see it’s just like art. You know when you’ve got it, and I get that buzz now.


Erik Hicks

Chief Development Officer at Metrocaring

Since I started working with Marie, I’ve definitely started speaking up and out more around things that impact me and the people who look like me, people of color and community. I bring more of who I truly am, just being and embracing myself a lot more in professional spaces. I feel more grounded as an individual. I like the fact that I have been able to utilize a lot of the techniques that Marie taught me to help my team. I really enjoyed the fact that Marie pushes me in different ways, and helps me think in different perspectives that I hadn’t. It helps me push myself, but also helps me push my teams as well.



Public School Leader, 1:1 Coaching

I am new to a role and it is going to take time to adjust. Kerry [High Tides Coach] was incredibly supportive and affirming. She helped me see how to become a better leader while providing me coping strategies to fill my own bucket. I flow more seamlessly through the day. Bad news impacts me less. Staff have said I am less “wound up”. Kerry is amazing! I am looking forward to adding more sessions with her in the near future.


Tamara Burkett

Marketing-Sales Alignment

[The Side Hustle Intensive] allowed me to really sit with where I was in my business and have the space to explore what my business is when it comes to rebranding my business and services. Just that thought was stressful because for five years I have been working and building the business. And this was a 360 in the midst of climbing a mountain. This was finding the joy in that possibility and embracing that and having more control and having grounded in who I am moving forward. I really enjoyed that; being in that space “yep, this is where I am, where I want to go, what that could look like” and get excited about that. This was truly hitting the reset button for me.


Fanike-Kiara Young

Corporate Wellness Program Designer

Since I started working with Marie, I’ve definitely started speaking up and out more around things that impact me and the people who look like me, people of color and community. I bring more of who I truly am, just being and embracing myself a lot more in professional spaces. I feel more grounded as an individual. I like the fact that I have been able to utilize a lot of the techniques that Marie taught me to help my team. I really enjoyed the fact that Marie pushes me in different ways, and helps me think in different perspectives that I hadn’t. It helps me push myself, but also helps me push my teams as well.


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