Marabeth Lum serves on the relationship and marriage faculty team. She is a coach, educator, mentor, and blogger who is passionate about the empowerment of singles as they navigate dating, courtship, and marriage to build strong relationships and families.
Teaching children and youth at various Bahá’í summer schools and spending a summer of service in Mali, West Africa, to open a free preschool inspired Marabeth to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree and Secondary Education Teacher’s Certification from Middle Tennessee State University. Her interdisciplinary education, travel throughout Europe performing with a Bahá’í choir, and a study abroad semester in Spain continued to foster a love of diverse cultures and led to completing coursework in Cultural Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology.
After graduating with honors, Marabeth relocated to Haifa, Israel, to serve at the Bahá’í World Centre in the Office of Public Information from 2000-2002. She was privileged to work in public relations and present information about the history of the Bahá’í Faith to visitors from all over the world. In addition, she facilitated arrangements for diplomats, ambassadors, and foreign ministers visiting the Bahá’í World Centre.
Marabeth’s professional and personal experience culminated in the pursuit of becoming an ontologically trained professional life coach. Coaching combined her love for education and psychology and added the element of facilitating personal empowerment. After earning her Associate Certified Coach credential, she went on to earn her Professional Certified Coach credential through the International Coach Federation. In addition, she created her coaching practice, Single to Smitten, through which she has coached and mentored singles as they navigate dating and relationships. She partners with them to optimize their mindset, creates individualized action plans, and provides effective tools and strategies to create tangible and sustainable results.
As a coach, Marabeth has created and led a workshop about personal empowerment at the Women’s Retreat at Louhelen Bahá’í School, co-presented a workshop about transformation at the Association of Bahá’í Studies conference, and authored over a dozen coaching blogs in her column titled “Inside Out” which was part of Soul Pancake and featured on Oprah.com. She has also coached and mentored coaches-in-training as part of a leadership program, and completed supplemental coaching coursework in the areas of Neurolinguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Techniques, and Positive Psychology.
Marabeth’s intention in serving as a member of the Wilmette Institute faculty for relationship and marriage courses is to facilitate the building of strong and healthy relationships and families as one of the most vital foundations of society. In addition, she values supporting this agency of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States as it continues to serve the community at large with its diverse course offerings.
Marabeth currently lives in Mountain View, California, with her husband, Ken Onn, and her daughter Luna. She enjoys working with clients, building community, spending time outdoors, and fostering quality time with friends and family.