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About Marques

Growing up in a single parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marques Ogden learned how to define his values and set goals. Ogden attended Howard University from 1998-2002 where he played Division I football. He then followed his dream and his brother Jonathan's footsteps, eventually getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. Overall, he played for 5 years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens and Jaguars. Even during the off season, Ogden helped train football players in Europe, both physically and mentally.


Performance Driven Leadership Lessons for Success

  • Ogden’s Personal Leadership Development Process
  • New England Patriot’s Head Football Coach Bill Belichick’s Thoughts of A Good Leader and Keys to Success
  • Jack Del Rios – “how to be your own CEO”
  • 6 Core Competencies of a Real Leader
  • Character Ethics vs Personality Ethics
  • How to build trust as a leader
  • Creating a psychologically safe environment for your employees

The Art of How To Successfully Transition

  • The definition of Transition
  • Marques' Story of Life In and After The NFL
  • Marques' Transition into an annual 8 figure business owner he started from scratch
  • Marques' Transition After Going Bankrupt
  • Marques' Transition and Rebirth into Inspirational Keynote Speaker
  • 3 Step Transition Plan
  • 3 Things Must Possess to Successfully Transition

The Power of Perseverance and Resiliency

  • The definition of Resiliency
  • Marques' Life Lessons Learned In and After The NFL
  • Marques' Transition into an annual 8 figure business owner he started from scratch
  • Marques' Transition After Going Bankrupt
  • Marques' Life Changing Moment
  • 3 Things Must Possess to Successfully Persevere in any situation
  • Key Trait on How To Earn Your Spot In Life

Diversity & Inclusion (keynote and workshop)

  • Marques' Meaning of Diversity
  • Marques' Meaning of Inclusion
  • The Key to Maintaining an Inclusive Environment
  • Motivation Vs. Inspiration
  • How Great Leadership Sets a Culture of Excellence



"Your delivery and personal interaction with the Operation Teammate mission was spot on and drove home the aspect of giving back when possible."
- Timothy Montjoy
Operation Teammate
"Marques was a fantastic choice as a speaker for our STEM outreach event. He was extremely poised and articulate, and was clearly very well prepared"
- Carissa Lada
Business Operations Manager, Cisco
"I believe Marques made a powerful impact on the students at this conference. In many cases, they hear stories stories of success, but the do not hear much about the bumps in the road."
- Mark Roberto
Bryant University
"Over the past several months I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with Marques Ogden. During the time that we have spent together the key characteristics that have become apparent are compassion, humility, and sincerity."
- Howard Fisher, Hillard Heintz
"Mr. Ogden is extremely down to earth and easy to listen to. I would highly recommend Mr. Ogden as a speaker. His willingness to answer questions and speak to the attendees after the even showed that he has a true passion and drive to help people in business and life. He truly wants to share his story so others can learn from him without making the same mistakes."
-Shannon Flaherty
Apex Chamber of Commerce
"I definitely finished it (the book) a few weeks ago. It was a good read for sure!"
- Michael Strahan
NFL Alumni
Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee 2014
"By sharing your experiences and philosophy with the students, you have given them a prime example of strong character and determination."
- Glenn J. Benjamin, Principal
St. Jude Regional Catholic School

Media Gallery


Marques’s best-selling book, “Sleepless Nights — The NFL: A Business and Family” chronicles significant lessons he learned growing up in Washington, as an NFL athlete and a business owner. This autobiography follows him from his birth to his NFL career, rise and fall in corporate America and beyond.

Marques Ogden's story is a candid look into the life of an NFL athlete that turns into a successful business man then loses it all and has to overcome his demons of drinking and gambling to get his life back on track. This is a short and easy read that is good for all ages, races, genders, and economic status of people.

He unveils his Five Essential Business Keys for a successful business and other wise advice.

  • Know Your Business
  • Vet Your Partner
  • Run Background Checks on Your Employees
  • Always Be Properly Funded
  • Know When To Walk Away

This is a short and easy read that is good for all ages, races, genders, and economic status of people.

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Now offering:

Executive Coaching

Corporate Coaching

Brand Building

Transition Coaching

To book a free consultation or for more information please use the form below to contact us!


"Phenomenal! Just finished an executive coaching session with Marques Ogden. If you are looking to improve your public speaking or even get into public speaking, then you need to get him on your team. He will teach you how to create value for your brand (yourself) and give you the blueprints for success."
- Christopher Wiley
"Marques was a fantastic choice as a speak"I just wanted to thank you for our call today and for taking the time back in December to respond immediately to my email. It was then that I knew that in partnering with you it would lead to great things. In just a short time period, I am excited to be part of your coaching family as a client and have already learned that your leadership is going to unlock potential that I would not have with this opportunity."
- Rob Richardson
"I've been through think and thin with Marques Ogden. I am proud to say he was my customer when he owned Kayden Contracting. To our mutual benefit, we stayed in touch all these years. I've watched and admire his personal battle for survival, which he won! It was a grueling struggle against incredible odds but he never gave up. As a coach, he uses these experiences to guide his clients to overcome their obstacles and hurdles. for those seeking guidance on how to take their leadership skills to the next level, Marques is that guide."
- Eddie Tuvin
“Marques, thank you for all your guidance and mentorship as my coach.  I’m so excited to be working with you!  I’m sure I will have a great public speaking career!”
- Jason Gerald
Hey I just want to say thank you so much for the time you invested yesterday at our first session of the leadership and mentoring program. I can tell you that I was very impressed with all of the questions you raised and recommendations you made on moving our ventures for forward.   From the investment strategy recommendations to the vision we will be creating I’m very excited and believe we will be doing extraordinary things in 2018.
- James Donnellan
Marques is an incredible coach, friend and mentor. He really listens to you and creates an individualized plan to take you to the next level. I am grateful for his ability to not only inspire me, but to also empower and pour belief into myself that I CAN and I WILL achieve my goals!
- Lauren Erickson
Marques is a dynamic and creative leader. He has the ability to bring out the best in anyone. It is been a true honor to work with him and be under his tutelage. If you’re looking for a great coach and a great mentor Marques Ogden, is the one of the best in the game.
- Stonewall Napier III

Coaching Packages

Are you ready to take a "LEAP OF FAITH" to chase your dreams?
(For the individual willing to gift themselves a year of growth and accountability)

52-Weekly Coaching Calls

Call to action plan

Autographed copies of Marques' books

Access to Marques' Network of Connections

Are you ready to push yourself to the next level of success? Or maybe transition into something new?
(For the individual wanting to challenge themselves to a 6 month commitment)

26-Weekly Coaching Calls

Call to action plan

Autographed copy of Marques' book, "Sleepless Nights"

Marques' Blog

Identify your Life Changing Moment

Ogden Leadership Academy
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"The first thing I learned is that you have one chance to make a great first impression. Meaning if you’re just hired on a job, you better know everything there is to know about that position before you walk in. if you’re making mistakes and you’re new in the company you are going to be out the door."

Marques has been deemed a Subject Matter Expert, in the area of Leadership, by The United Service Organizations of North Carolina!

Marques is a natural motivator! He currently travels the United States as a keynote speaker for major Fortune 500, 100, 50 and 25 companies (Marques has spoke for JP Morgan Chase and Co. Ranked number 18 on the Fortune 500 list), universities and communities organizations. Check out our media gallery for a sample of Marques’s engaging and inspiring messages, then contact us to learn more about his schedule!