Executive Coach and Team Guru
20+ years of operational leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies
Coach and advisor supporting executives and teams to reach their peak performance and happiness
Mental fitness coach; combines insight with practice to create lasting change
Lives in the San Francisco Bay Area; happy to travel
Mary Walter is a renowned business change agent, leadership coach and team guru. 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, enabling leaders and teams to achieve their potential and deliver extraordinary results.
Mary is particularly good at accelerating leadership effectiveness through targeted coaching, assessment and improvement of team dynamics and performance. Mary takes a custom approach to team effectiveness, crafting an approach based on assessment of your team members both individually and collectively, and the business context. Teams say they are happier, significantly more cohesive, and more collaborative after working with Mary.
Mary has deep experience across the retail industry, having worked for Ross Stores, Gap Inc., Target, and Macy’s. Her experience doesn't end there; Mary’s clients include Salesforce, Amazon, allbirds, Ulta Beauty, Tableau, Sephora, Athleta, Crate&Barrel, 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.
Mary holds an MBA from Northeastern University, and a BA in Political Science from Humboldt State University.
You can reach Mary via email, her 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.”
President, Retail Foodservice Industry
“Mary was a terrific coach and advisor as I led the transformation of our business. She helped me believe that I could be successful in a challenging time and helped me turn my ideas into action. Mary provided invaluable advice on navigating C-Suite relationships and influencing effectively. She was also instrumental in improving the effectiveness of our leadership team – building trust, as well as, increasing effectiveness and accountability. I recommend Mary to anyone who is looking for a coach who is both supportive and challenging. She has been instrumental in improving my leadership performance.”