Organizational Coach | Speaker
Meet Mary Kay
Mary Kay has only one rule when she works with organizations,
Don’t let your first thought be your last.
This simple, yet profound statement challenges perspectives and the status quo so organizations can avoid being hostages of their own thinking.
For 25 years, Mary Kay has been helping individuals and organizations navigate complex systems. Her experience spans social services, county and state government, higher education, K-12 education, nonprofits, associations, agriculture, and community engagement.
Organizations with the desire to evolve, grow & take risks, view me as an asset.
Whether during strategic planning, weekly team meetings, board meetings or other discussions, I noticed a pattern in the majority of organizations. The conversation was rarely honest and often shut down under the guise that we didn't have time. Leaders clung to surface and safety -- often shutting down discussions despite their people pushing for meaningful and open exchanges. As a natural activator and disruptor, I distinctly felt this because I was the one who was asking the hard questions. Every time I was shut down, I lost a little motivation and became a little less engaged in the process. Additionally, my colleagues frequently pulled me aside after meetings and thanked me for saying what everyone else was thinking. I noticed over time, the only way to preserve my self-respect, was to move on. These experiences affected my trust for leadership and made it difficult to invest my energy on an organization, I had no chance of positively impacting.
These experiences drive my passion for creating healthy workplace cultures so organizations can prosper, and employees can live their best lives
My sweet spot—nonprofits, associations, and small businesses
Mary Kay uses humor, vulnerability and a little dose of reality to help others see things through a new lens. She serves on several boards, is an avid bicycler, sings the National Anthem at sporting events, loves adventure, stream fishing, hockey and has two sons; Ben, 19, and Lucas, 17.