Marijo Franklin, Founded the California Leadership Center, Inc.

California Leadership Partner


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... throughout the 70s and 80s I managed teams of people producing outstanding business results - first at the U. S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., and later at the Michael Thomas Corporation. As Vice President, Program Development for this consulting firm, I designed trainings and re-engineered processes to improve results for our clients.

Part of our work was to meet with each client once a week to guide them through the process of being more effective. I met with hundreds of clients over eight years, with dramatic a long-lasting impact - on them and on me. Today that work would be called 'coaching'.

I help clients develop and integrate a model of effective leadership, management and interpersonal effectiveness. I may use 360 degree feedback as a way of zeroing in on growth opportunities. Often, I help design or facilitate meetings or difficult transactions, to increase the likelihood of success for my client.  Often I facilitate meetings to ‘work-out’ a strategy or tactical plan cross-functionally.

My commitment is to do whatever it takes to achieve desired results.


In 1989, Marijo Franklin founded the California Leadership Center, Inc., a team of consultants who use coaching as one way to produce change and growth - in individuals, their teams and their organizations.

Marijo created a personal and team development workshop called Leadership Practices© that has been received enthusiastically throughout Silicon Valley, and across the United States, Europe and Asia. From inception, Leadership Practices© participants were asked to pair up so they could coach one another in applying what they learned in Marijo's workshop.

In early 1989 a participant in the Leadership Practices© workshop asked Marijo to be his coach. So began the coaching career of one of Silicon Valley's first (and now legendary) coaches. Marijo has coached many of the Valley's luminaries, through careers that saw them become presidents, CEOs, founders of major Silicon Valley companies, and sometimes, venture capitalists.

"Success by itself is not worth the risk of failure.  I don’t think we become CEOs or entrepreneurs because we want to succeed. We do this because we want to know if the future we see can become real."

-Bryan Franklin


Business results, game-changing insights, out-of-the-box solutions, powerful models

Not only did he help me get the business results I desired, but he has also completely changed my life. Bryan does not simply provide advice or management tips. He develops his clients as transformational leaders. He is able to go deeper and has years of experience, working with startups and large companies, that he draws from.

Level 7 Testimonial Bryan Franklin - Mike Del Ponte

-Mike D., CEO

Level7 has amazing insights into people and business problems. My coach changed the way I saw my situation & absolutely changed my behavior. The harder the problem, the more vital Level7 is to being part of the solution.

Level 7 Testimonial Bryan Franklin - Richard

-Richard G., CEO

Bryan is an incredibly intelligent, talented, and creative executive coach with an uncanny ability to diagnose sticky issues and rapidly eradicate them. I regard Bryan as absolutely vital to my success.  Level 7 provides services ranging from program management, executive trainings, team building and executive coaching and in all areas the services were high quality and effective.”

Level 7 Testimonial Bryan Franklin - Kathryn Kranen

-Kathryn K., CEO

I have greatly appreciated Bryan's insights and ideas. He helped me to grow as an executive, to manage people more effectively, to guide my career and had valuable suggestions for many facets as I started my latest business. Bryan is creative, thoughtful, and is able to draw on a truly unique breadth of experience to advise on almost any complex business problem.

Level 7 Testimonial Bryan Franklin - Ron Bodkin

-Ron B., CEO

"A leader who chooses sides in a paradox will find that there are people who can not follow him or her because important underlying beliefs don't feel represented."

- Bryan Franklin


Coaching For First Time CEOs

Team Peak Performance Coaching

Strategic Offsite Facilitation And Design

Sales Acceleration

Raising Capital

Creating A Culture Of Excellence

Executive Team Alignment


Leadership Training

Coaching: First Time CEOs

Raising Capital

Consulting: Sales Acceleration

Strategic Offsite Facilitation

Coaching: Culture of Excellence

Coaching: Peak Team Performance

Leadership Training

Organizational Alignment

360 Feedback

Artwork by Android Jones, the artist that painted the tribute to the love between Bryan Franklin and Jennifer Russell in his famous piece, "Union".