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Barbara Mark, Ph.D.

Barbara Mark, Ph.D.

CEO and Founder

Full Circle Institute

San Francisco, CA

Providing professional and personal development to women of all ages and at all stages of their careers through coaching, training, workshops and corporate programs.




"It's not about you making your living ..... It's about you living as a human being. That's what it's about... But also be mindful that the world that you want to live in and that you need to live in needs you to create it. It needs your input. The world needs to hear what you have to say. The last word has not been spoken." Beah Richards
I am happy to say that I have it and that I have had for my entire career.

Full Circle Institute

Founder and CEO

I love being an advocate for the advancement of women into leadership opportunities that challenge them and make their careers as meaningful and fulfilling as they are successful.

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Future Forward Leadership - a program of Full Circle Institute


Very few women, if any, have access to formal professional and leadership development when they are in the first few years of their careers. Future Forward Leadership provides this in the form of very small, high-touch, in-person coaching groups at a massively reduced cost. The programs are open to women who have between two and twelve years of experience in their careers. We work with women across all sectors and industries. Visit:


University of Massachusetts

BS in Behavioral Science, Psychology

It was a great time to be in school. A lot of people were doing cutting edge things in behavioral science and consciousness studies. Because of the program I was in at UMass, I was able to take classes at Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and Amherst College. One great class was "Values Clarification". Another was "Presence and Awareness". I use these foundational experiences in my work every day!

I was also the director of one of the campus women's centers, a teaching assistant in one of the graduate psychology departments, and was able to attend a graduate clinical supervision group because I was doing peer counseling in the woman's center. I was the first and only undergraduate to have this experience - and I got it because I asked for it and negotiated the terms. This was foundational in my future success.

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California Institute of Integral Studies

Masters, Humanistic Counseling Psychology with a focus in Developmental Psychology

With a great foundation in Western psychology, I was curious to learn more about how the rest of the world saw the human experience. I already had a practice in meditation and I was eclectic in my curiosity about the mind. A few friends had heard about this school in San Francisco and that it seemed like the perfect match for me. So, off I went across the country to attend CIIS. What a wonderful experience! I was able to learn about the mind and Buddhist psychology, to apprentice with a Hopi Indian Elder to experience the ways of approaching the world as many indigenous cultures do. I delved into adult development and rights of passage. It was a wonderful experience.


Rosebridge Graduate School of Psychology

Ph.D. , Clinical Psychology with a focus in Human Potential and Leadership

By now I was in private practice and one of the groups of clients I worked with was women in corporate environments who were looking to develop their careers in a setting that was clearly male dominated and not supportive of women and the contributions they were making. I leaned the corporate world from the inside out through the clients I had started working with in the early 80's

Rosebridge was a great environment to continue my education in. It was a new school with faculty like that of CIIS - but with new people or me to learn from. Just like at CIIS, I was able to learn about different cultures and approaches.

Also, just like at CIIS, I was the president of the student body and student liaison to the board of the school. It was a great environment to learn more about leadership and board functions. I learned about organizational politics and negotiation. This was a terrific opportunity to contribute to my understanding of the experiences of my group of business women clients.

The experiences I have had in each of the formal environments I was in instilled in me a love of life-long learning which I enjoy to this day.

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