Marion Groh Marquardt

CEO, Web Croissants

Marion works at the intersection of engineering and non-engineering teams, where she builds dynamic cross-disciplinary solutions.

She is the founder and CEO of a consulting agency, Web Croissants, which has built a name for itself in turning around large-scale failing digital projects. Marion also counts smaller art institutions among her clients, as well as Stanford University where she’s built an internal organization to manage and innovate for the web presences of the 100+ organizations of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Prior to Web Croissants, Marion was the Director of Digital Initiatives for Women’s Learning Partnership - an international women’s nonprofit organization focused on girls’ and women’s empowerment and leadership. During her tenure, the organization transitioned from traditional to digital communications and advocacy. She also co-authored a book on digital advocacy, which was published and translated into English, French and Arabic.

In her earlier years in the software industry, Marion was a lead program manager for Microsoft, working on Business Intelligence big data visualizations, as well as the convergence of content management systems across international markets. Prior to that, she worked at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence lab, focusing on embodied intelligent systems.

Marion has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees from MIT in Computer Science and Engineering, and a Technology Policy degree from Cambridge University's business school.

She speaks and writes on the broader context of technology and its impacts, and how to ensure it serves all humans – including the people and communities which are not traditionally at the core of that culture. She’s also an invited speaker on digital project and team management. Recently, Marion launched Tech Ethics, a series of discussions among Silicon Valley professionals on the social and ethical responsibilities of high-tech practitioners.

A French native, Marion is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Speaking Topics

Design thinking and failure resumes, Women and inclusion in tech, Civic tech

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