Marilyn Thompson is a retired Human Resources Executive with more than thirty years of global human resources management experience at General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, and Johnson & Johnson.
For 23 years, Marilyn worked in the consumer and pharmaceutical businesses at Johnson & Johnson and has extensive experience in leadership development, talent management, culture change, coaching, and training. She has been recognized for her outstanding leadership in partnering with business leaders to build organizations that are strengthened and empowered by effective human resources management systems, policies, and practices. In her last position at Johnson & Johnson, she was global head of Diversity and Inclusion for pharmaceutical business at corporate headquarters. The company received numerous awards for best practices in driving business results and embedding diversity & inclusion into its workforce, workplace, marketplace, and external relations.
Since retiring to the area from New Jersey in 2012, Marilyn has been a volunteer at a number of impactful local organizations including the Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, YWCA Y Achievers, Take Stock in Children of Sarasota, and Community Foundation of Sarasota County (CFSC). In 2016, she joined the CSFC Board of Directors and is currently the chair of the board’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Marilyn is a member of the Bradenton/Sarasota (Fl) chapter of The Links Inc. and serves as the Services to Youth Facet Chair. In this role, she initiated the development of a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Jr. Chapter at Booker Middle School. She is a founding member and current President of Masala Giving Circle, a group of philanthropic women with a passion for giving back, helping others, and creating positive change in the African-American community of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Since it was created in 2014, the circle has awarded grants to 14 nonprofits and its membership has soared to over 60 women.