Mary Nelson

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Experience and Approach

Mary offers her clients a unique blend of management experience and insights into executive development and behavioral change.  She specializes in helping senior executives, high-potential managers and their teams create positive, sustainable change in performance.  With more than 20 years of experience in major corporations such as Kraft, Inc., and S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Mary has seen firsthand the profound impact of leadership on business success and employee engagement.  Her informed and pragmatic approach to coaching grows out of her work as a business leader.  Her line management experience as marketing director in the United States and Latin America helps her relate to the realities of her client’s day-to-day experiences.  Her history as an owner and operator of her family’s manufacturing company and experience as a board member bring depth to understanding the challenges of leading an organization. 

Mary’s commitment to this work comes from a belief that good leadership makes a positive difference in people’s lives and in bottom-line business results.  Mary engages in a dialogue with a client that creates insight about what makes them successful and articulates what gets in their way.  She then partners with a client to create a plan for sustainable change in their leadership; to more fully leverage abilities and develop new skills to increase effectiveness and fulfillment.  Mary has a way of inviting her clients into this work that deeply engages them and helps them maintain accountability to change. 

Education and Certifications

Mary has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.  She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.  Mary serves as a coach and leader in the Next Generation Leadership Institute at the Loyola Family Business Center, a coach for the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and a Hogan Assessment network coach.  She has delivered workshops and presentations on leadership to The Conference Board, The Society for Industrial Organizational Psychologists and numerous corporate audiences. 

Why Do I Do This Work?

“Growing up in a family business and working in corporations, my curiosity about how people master the versatility to provide leadership that delivers the requisite business skill and appropriate interpersonal impact for the situation has always been piqued.  Helping leaders be authentic and highly effective in both those areas has been a passion throughout my career.”