Maria brings over 25 years of professional experience and expertise in organizational consulting and leadership development. She works extensively with executives and senior leaders on their key leadership, talent, and organizational issues. Maria has served clients across many industries including healthcare, professional services, and commercial products manufacturing.
Maria is an executive coach, trainer, and facilitator. She is an experienced instructional designer in creating leadership programs and IP for several fortune 1000 companies. Maria leverages a robust background in assessments and certifications to provide her clients with innovative and creative learning solutions. Her areas of expertise include team building, communication, emotional intelligence, and employee wellness.
Before starting her own coaching practice, Maria was responsible for managing and developing global client relationships at Dun & Bradstreet. She was one of the first web-based trainers to deliver virtual training across the company’s new product platform in 2007. Maria was also an instructor in Communication Studies at Kent State University while she pursued and completed her master’s degree.
Her career distinctions include growing leaders and businesses as a Vistage Chair, delivering executive coaching and team leadership development as a Senior Consultant with the telos institute, providing leadership classes as a certified John Maxwell Coach/Trainer, and developing customized strategic plans as a Certified StratOp Facilitator. Maria also holds additional certifications in Predictive Index, DiSC, and the full suite of leadership assessments by MRG. Maria partners with select strategic partners as a highly sought-after expert in her partnerships with the telos institute, Cloverleaf, and Titus Talent Strategies. She is the Chairperson of Membership for the Spano foundation; a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the lives of individuals and families in need based in Youngstown, Ohio. Maria received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Notable Client Achievements
Transportation Company: Enhanced the onboarding and transition process for a newly appointed VP. With greater self-awareness, the client was able to develop effective team-building strategies and quickly make a positive impact in his new role.
Inventory Warehouse Company: Delivered communication training to enhance relationships and increase collaboration and productivity within the heart of their operations: the production department.
Non-profit Social Services Organization: Facilitated leadership training to build morale and culture; enabling greater staff retention in an industry where employees are in high demand.
IT Services Company: Improved vital relationships cross-functionally resulting in improved teamwork, a stronger customer experience and increased sales growth.