Accelerating Leadership, Creating Measurable Results
20+ years of operational leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies
Skilled at developing pragmatic solutions aligned to business capabilities and needs
Exceptional coach; accelerates leadership development to deliver results
Lives in the San Francisco Bay Area; happy to travel
Mary Walter is a renowned business change agent, talent developer, and leadership coach. With over 20 years experience in helping managers to become exceptional leaders, she has the secret to accelerating leader’s development and transforming results. Mary serves clients with a focus on measurable change, and solutions that align with the business model and customer priorities. Mary serves as a true change catalyst, creating alignment and commitment across functional groups and sustainable change throughout the organization.
Mary is particularly good at accelerating leadership effectiveness through targeted coaching, assessment and improvement of team dynamics and performance. In addition, she is skilled at business process improvement, leadership and strategy alignment, and leadership training. Mary is a dynamic speaker with experience motivating and shifting the thinking of small groups as well as several thousand attendees.
Mary has deep experience across the retail industry, having worked for Ross Stores, Amazon, Sephora, Gap Inc., Target, and Macy’s. Her experience doesn't end there; Mary has also held influential positions at Nike, PetSmart, Beall's Outlet, and Iconix Brand Group. Prior to launching her firm, Mary led the stores organization as GSVP for Ross, inspiring 50,000 associates to deliver unprecedented results in operating margin, customer service, and employee engagement.
Balancing the customer experience and efficiency, Mary develops solutions to move your business forward, with a focus on results and top-line sales. With experience in strategy, best practice and method improvement development, Mary will bring a nimble and strategic approach to your business to deliver results. Most importantly, Mary knows how to ensure that great strategy is executed exceptionally well, creating aligned, enthusiastic teams committed to new solutions.
Mary holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University.
Mary enjoys rowing, trying to keep up with her kid on skis, and is working toward the family goal of visiting all 50 states.
You can reach Mary via email, her website, her team effectiveness website, or on her LinkedIn page.
“Mary has an innate ability to listen, interpret, recommend, and follow up, combining strong business acumen with profound understanding of human motivation. Mary excels in the area of change leadership, and seamlessly navigates complex decisions.”
~ Glenn Phillips, Executive, Fortune 50 Retailer
Glenn Phillips - Executive/Fortune 50 Retailer
“Mary has been both a coach and mentor to me for over ten years. She has an innate ability to listen, interpret, recommend, and follow up, combining strong business acumen with profound understanding of human motivation. Mary excels in the area of change leadership, and seamlessly navigates complex decisions. In our ever changing world, she is my first “go to”, encouraging thought through data and reason, clarifying and prioritizing multi-layered processes, all while motivating one’s internal spirit and confidence. A true gem in my professional career.”
Roy Whitmore, PhD - W Consulting & Mentoring Group Inc.
"I have worked with many executives over my thirty-five year executive and education career, and I can confirm categorically that Mary is one of the most talented Fortune 500 executives period. Mary distinguished herself by her knowledge, sense of humor, genuineness, and commitment to her profession and dedication to excellence. Her passion for developing talent and achieving results contributed to the success of two Fortune 500 organizations. Mary is highly respected and liked by her supervisors, colleagues, and subordinates.
I know the kind of attention to detail, knowledge, and level of professionalism required to be successful as an executive coach and retail expert, and I believe with all confidence that Mary will prove to be an outstanding consultant for you and your organization.
In summary, she has my strongest recommendation.”
John Iacobellis - Regional VP, Party City
“I have had the opportunity to work with Mary on numerous occasions. Mary has a keen eye in defining opportunities in an organization while also building upon their strengths. Mary collaborates with leaders to create a strategic plan that addresses these opportunities. Mary has the insight to ask the right questions and build cohesive buy in to drive results. While driving change, Mary makes it fun! This creates an environment of excitement and engagement that builds a culture of winning. I am personally grateful for the many strategic learnings I absorbed while working with Mary.”