Planet Venus Women: Marion Renoux

Meet Marion Renoux.

After years of experience in the tech and digital industries, she has recently started her own business and moved to Barcelona!

Check out her interview below and find out how her journey led her to help women especially with their careers.

Who are you?

I am Marion Renoux and I’m a strategy and operation advisor and coach. I help startups, businesses, and individuals develop a positioning and operational strategy to get to the next level in their career and their business.

On a personal level, I was born in the south of France, in Toulouse, not far from here. In my early 20s, I moved to London where I ended up spending 9 years. At the time I had a job opportunity that took me to Seattle, Washington. I spent 5 years in Seattle, met my husband, and about a year ago we decided to come back to get closer to my family. This is what drove us to the beautiful city of Barcelona, where we moved in early March of this year.

Before being an entrepreneur I worked in a variety of agencies, small companies, and much bigger companies such as Amazon. I’ve worked across market research, tech, e-commerce, product design, advertising.

My specialty has been on programme management and operations, with a focus on designing, implementing, and continuously improving operational strategies and mechanisms to help teams, people and companies deliver better results at scale and under a lot of pressure. It is also, what I do now as an entrepreneur.

Describe yourself with 3 words

Curious, driven and nerdy!

What do you do?

I am marrying this variety of backgrounds and experiences that I’ve gained in taking a design approach and operational centric focus to create a strategy that will deliver better results for individuals and companies.

I am at the very beginning of my own entrepreneurial journey – I started Fierce and Charming in January 2020. At this point I am working on an advisory and consulting engagement model with startups and businesses. I also have several one-on-one coaching programs for individuals that are looking to uplevel their career, for a new job, getting promoted or simply progressing in their career.

Something that I’ve personally experienced in my career is that doing a good job is not what’s going to take you to the next level. Especially for women, and that’s a specific focus of mine: Doing more of a good job and hoping for recognition is not what gets you promoted to most senior roles. There’s a shift in mindset and positioning and approach that needs to happen which will advance you. It took me years and a lot of tears in my corporate experience to understand that! That’s why today I’m helping individuals, both men, and women – professionals, to get to the next level.

Can you tell us more about your focus on women?

Yes, having worked in the tech industry, which is heavily dominated by men, I personally experienced the fact that the higher you look up the corporate ladder, the fewer women you see. Or you might see a few extremely fierce leaders; but unfortunately enough of them have to demonstrate more ‘masculine’ traits and aggression in their approach which makes it difficult for other women to climb up. It’s the phenomena of the female-manager-bully who fears for her own career which is why she keeps everyone below her. And this is not healthy for anyone.

It doesn’t yield the best results for the company when there’s so much toxicity. This has been my observation and I’ve also spent a lot of time researching it personally. I found that there were psychological patterns that hindered my progress, which made me feel that I am not where I wanted to be. That’s what I’m also coaching my one-on-one clients. I help understand how to work around these constraints and get to the next level.

I see an opportunity for me to work with companies to help them make their working environment more diverse and inclusive. A place where women can also thrive, develop and deliver at their highest potential.

What do you personally aspire to do?

Changing the corporate world is the big dream and making it fair, especially for future generations.

It is the era of #MeToo when women now are starting to speak up. While I personally don’t have such horrible stories to tell, I still have some pretty sketchy stories in my professional life and I just don’t think that’s fair. So, creating a world with a bit more fairness around gender drives me to do what I’m doing today.

Conversely: it’s in business owners’ interest to create a more gender-balanced workplace so that they can build products that speak to their entire audience, instead of limiting themselves to the audience that is reflected by their own employees. The world would benefit so much from a corporate world that foster everyone’s talent and potential

What’s your biggest struggle as an entrepreneur?

The shift from corporate life to an entrepreneurial one has been very interesting, which I have been reflecting on with a friend of mine who moved to a start-up. We realized that the pace of the rollercoaster has dramatically increased, meaning that the highs and lows in the corporate world would happen across a month; while as an entrepreneur, they happen across a day.

The other struggle and key change is that I am by myself, which is why I appreciate what Planet Venus is doing. Even more so during the global pandemic; I’m so grateful for the internet, Zoom and being able to connect with people!

How have you been coping with the pandemic?

It’s been very hard. Especially because of the added stress to the already stressful move that my husband and I were undertaking. The silver lining is that we were somewhat ready for the unstable discomfort inherent to this big move across the globe. Yet, it’s been hard not being able to go outside.

The recent de-escalation plan has been incredible for me, as it rekindled my emotional creativity. That’s been one of the hardest things – create and push content out there after several weeks of being stuck inside.

I am hopeful that things will look up soon!

How do you feel about the Planet Venus community?

I feel so fortunate to have met you, connected with the community and attended your workshop! To be able to have met people who are going through what I am is incredible.

The past months have been difficult, so it’s very easy to lose connection. That’s why I’m so grateful for the access to free content and conversations. I am excited to see how Planet Venus will continue to develop and learn from this experience we’re all going through: as an example, being able to get together on a Zoom call from different parts of the city and have those smaller breakout rooms has been great. What does the future hold for us now? It surely is exciting!

To get in touch with Marion: www.fierceandcharming.com

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