Organizational Coach | Speaker

meet mary kay

Organizational Alignment Coach | Speaker

Organizational Alignment Coach | Speaker

I have only one rule when I work with organizations,

“Don’t let your first thought be your last.”

This simple, yet profound statement challenges perspectives and status quo. Both of which can hold organizations hostages of their own limited thinking. 

For 25 years, Mary Kay has been helping individuals and organizations navigate complex systems. Her experience, passion and ability to ask powerful questions help organizations unlock limiting beliefs so they can prosper and employees can live their best lives.

Mary Kay’s infectious energy and passion for leaving things better than she found them is obvious to all who work with her.  She uses humor, vulnerability and a little dose of reality to help others see things through a new lens.

My sweet spot—nonprofits, professional and trade associations, and small businesses

In fact, INspiring SIGHT was founded on the principle that honest conversations at the board and leadership level, create a culture of candor, trust, and clarity.

Working with organizations to solve these challenges is important to me because I have experienced first-hand the impact these issues have on an organizations’ ability to prosper and their employee’s ability to live their best lives.

Board work, coaching and strategy aren’t just my business, I am passionate about giving back and ensuring good governance is adhered to by serving on boards myself. I am an avid bicycler, sing the National Anthem at sporting events, love adventure, stream fishing, hockey and have two sons; Ben, 19, and Lucas, 17.





Masters of Liberal Studies, University of Minnesota; College of Professional Learning | Emphasis in leadership, psychology and spirituality

Certified Professional Coach, Learning Journeys Center for Coaching

B.S. in Social Work, University of North Dakota

MN State Board Certified Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

B.A. in Public Relations, University of North Dakota

Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leaders (MARL) Class IX, alumnus

University Leadership Academy, University of Minnesota Extension



Leadership Positions

  • Fridley Independent School District # 14; Board of Directors, 2018 Chair

  • Intermediate School District 916, Board of Directors

  • International Coaching Federation, MN Chapter, Board of Directors (Professional Development Chair)

  • Association of Metropolitan School Districts AMSD

  • Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation Board (MAITC)


During my 24-year tenure in higher education, I have served on both for-profit and nonprofit boards and many committees. The meeting Mary Kay organized and led was without a doubt the most efficient and productive meeting I have ever been a part of. Her dedication to preparation was evident throughout the meeting and we were able to accomplish more in 2 days than our board had in the last 18 months.
— Chuck Holloway | Sheridan College