Marina Theodotou Bio

Marina Theodotou, EdD

Marina is a results-driven, strategic systems thinker, communicator, and implementer who combines practical industry experience with academic expertise, and together with diverse teams, leads, collaborates and implements agile solutions to address unmet customer learning needs. Marina Theodotou is a Learning Support Faculty in the Operations and Analysis Center, Workflow Learning Directorate at the Defense Acquisition University.  Her responsibilities include communications and operations to ultimately enhance the learning journeys of acquisition professionals.

During the last 25 years, Marina built her business acumen through broad and diverse global experience in 3 industries (Learning & Development, management consulting and banking & financial services), 3 sectors (government, private and non-profit) and 3 geographies (Americas, EU, MENA & Gulf). Previous roles include Director of Professional Development at the Computer Science Teachers Association, where she led the professional development strategy and technology platform adaptation of Degreed to enhance 25K K-12 teachers’ professional development. As Learning Portfolio Manager at the American Management Association, she was responsible for the development, currency and modalities of the $3.4M Finance learning content portfolio, including 40 faculty at the American Management Association. Earlier in her career, Ms. Theodotou was the Country Director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps based in Amman, Jordan under the Middle East Partnership Initiative, a US Dept. of State funded program, providing financial sector technical assistance to the government and banking sector of Jordan. Marina Theodotou began her career in banking and financial services at Bank of America with successive roles, over a decade, leading to Vice President of Strategic Benchmarking.

In 2018, she earned a Doctorate in Education focusing on Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education. Her research interest centers on organizational change and the leadership needs to align learning to performance results. Her dissertation “Knowledge, Motivation, and Organizational Influences to aligning learning to business performance results: A promising practice study of the Defense Acquisition University” was nominated for Dissertation of the Year 2018. She holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) in Economics from the University of Southern California. In 1992 she was awarded the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award in Economics by the University of South Carolina. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Bank of America), a Competent Toastmaster (Toastmasters International), and holds a Benchmarking Certification from the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC).

Marina contributes to the Learning and Development industry with articles and talks. Her articles and blogs have been published by CLO Magazine, TD magazine, Training Industry among others. In 2016-2017, she was an invited learning and development speaker at the ATD Annual Conference, Degreed LENS conference, and Docebo Inspire.

Marina is active in her community through vocational service. Currently, she serves of the Board of Directors of the USC Alumni Club of Washington DC. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Hudson Mohawk Chapter, responsible for Membership Development. Previously, she served on the Association of Talent Development (ATD), New York City Chapter as Vice President of Programs and Professional Development. She is the founder and curator of TEDxNicosia. She is a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation scholarship winner and Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow for outstanding volunteering service and commitment to the community.