Simon and Marisa Cleveland: There is No Box



ON BIG BLEND RADIO: Authors Simon & Marisa Cleveland discuss their new book, “There is No Box: A Practical Guide for the Relatable Reader.” Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on PodBean.


In today’s global economy, effective leadership requires engaging in diverse interactions, meaning there is no singular, predefined way to lead. Instead, leaders today must be culturally agile, and they must live that awareness and adaptability every day.

“There Is No Box” (Nov. 8, 2022, BenBella Books) by Drs. Marisa and Simon Cleveland is a practical guide for leaders who recognize how critical it is to draw outside the lines of typical guidance to rethink leadership development and gain competencies that make them more inclusive, culturally aware and empowered to facilitate collaboration. The authors draw on their combined 40 years of experience in corporate, government and higher education leadership to answer a question they’ve been getting for over two decades: How do lauded leaders live? Through anecdotes and interviews paired with actionable takeaways, the book investigates where leaders start, how they become boxed in upon entering the workforce and, finally, how they can break through those boundaries to become a culturally agile leader and a meaningful contributor to our global society.

“There Is No Box” provides established and emerging leaders everywhere with comprehensive tools to prove that leading isn’t just something you do — it’s a lifestyle.

With more than two decades in the education and publishing industries, Dr. Marisa Cleveland is adamant about supporting efforts toward the betterment of the human condition. She is the executive director for The Seymour Agency, a Hodges University Board of Trustees member, and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. In 2021, she was honored with a Distinguished Online Teaching nomination for Southern New Hampshire University, where she is an adjunct professor. Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines honored Marisa with the Arts and Culture 2015 FACE Award, and in 2014, Gulfshore Business selected her as a “40 Under Forty” honoree. She holds an EdD in organizational leadership from Northeastern University, and an M.A. in educational administration and a B.S. in speech communication from George Mason University.

Dr. Simon Cleveland lectures at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. He has over 20 years of experience in the fields of corporate and government leadership, higher education administration, project management, information systems and technology management, having worked in various leadership roles for organizations such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Homeland Security, NASA, Accenture, America Online, Georgetown University and City University of Seattle. Dr. Cleveland holds a Ph.D. in information systems from Nova Southeastern University, an M.S. in project management from The George Washington University, an M.A. in leadership from City University of Seattle and a B.S. in management and marketing from George Mason University. He is certified as a project management professional, Six Sigma Black Belt expert and Certified ScrumMaster. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications, is a Tropaia Award recipient for Outstanding Faculty at Georgetown University and was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins University.






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