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As a motivator, trainer, and student affairs practitioner, Marcus Sanderlin strives to serve as an advocate for holistic professional development and strategic occupational elevation. With a passion for empowering students and professionals alike to pursue meaningful careers, he challenges individuals of all ages to explore the “why” behind their “what” as they build lives and careers centered around their sense of purpose. His work spans from coaching college students through career navigation and professional development to educating college leaders and community members on strategies for life design and career advancement.

Marcus Sanderlin acquired his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida, and his Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Career Education with the Market Readiness and Employment in the Wake Forest University School of Business. Within this role, Sanderlin provides 1-on-1 and group coaching to support students through the entirety of their search process, implementing professional development, personal branding support, and strategic mentorship, in aims of empowering and motivating his students to prepare for their next career opportunity.


  • Sanderlin, M. (2020). Driving Purpose. In P. Gardner & H. Maietta (Eds.), Advancing Talent Development: Steps Toward a T-Model Infused Undergraduate Education. Business Expert Press

Community Engagement

  • Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated
  • Mentors young men
  • Men’s Ministry Leader @ Galilee Missionary Baptist Church
  • Presents at local colleges/universities or community organizations, discussing career readiness and purpose navigation


  • BS, Elementary Education, University of Central Florida
  • MA, Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University – Max Raines Award Recipient – Outstanding Student Affairs Student


Quote- “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
TV Show (vs artist) – The Office
Book – Grit
Hobby (vs Zodiac) – Spartan Racing
Game – Madden
IG- Marcus_Motivates

Student Testimonials

“Professor Sanderlin brought an amazing energy to the course and really helped each of us students hone our skills in a succinct and successful manner. He was great at summarizing and helping each of us to clarify our goals and overall career visions.”

“I believe he [Marcus] is an unquantifiable and integral reason why I was able to have job options and attain the success I did in my job search this semester.”

“Marcus has been one of the most intentional, strategic and positive professors I’ve ever had. Especially in the work Marcus does he brings an extremely positive and productive energy that is very contagious to students. I am very happy that Marcus is part of Wake and exemplifies many of the qualities that makes Wake stand out as a very reputable institution. At the end of the class I felt extreme gratitude and I feel like he fueled us with an energy and made us all set very high standards for ourselves for our careers and livelihoods.”

“Marcus-Thank you for all of your help in my quick job search. It was very encouraging that I had someone in my corner every step of the way to figure out a plan. I appreciate your dedication. I’ve said the 40K is worth Marcus Sanderlin alone! Thanks for everything.”

“The sessions with Mr. Sanderlin was very inspiring as well as practical. The spoke to the kids at their level yet gave them ways to move forward.” – Parent

“Marcus is so upbeat and engaging, which made me very excited about the material we were learning. He led us through all steps to being successful in gaining our dream career. I loved that this class was so application based and will directly help me as I move into the next stage of my life.”

“I am in a much better position now than I was when I started this course. Personal Branding tools like LinkedIn and Handshake always seemed difficult for me, and like a daunting task. But the advice and guidance that I received helped me to really improve my personal branding materials and I feel much more confident in them.”

“Thank you so much for your speech. I can honestly say that was the most inspirational, interactive, and heartfelt speech I have ever heard and had the privilege of being present for.”