I’ve spent three decades showing up in the board rooms of business and the bedsides of the dying and everywhere in between to do one thing: bring the data, the stories, the tools, and the wisdom that enable any one of us to cultivate a grounded optimism, a clear sense of direction and a resilient inner strength in the moments of upheaval and opportunity.
I teach, train, keynote, coach, consult and encourage and am known for saying the thing that others hesitate to say with a generous tone and a kind gaze (mostly kind). I work in that liminal space between what has been true and what is possible and help to name the difficult and exhilarating side of striving for excellence in whatever we do.
My father went to school at night while working in a leather mill to get his college degree, with three young babies at home. I am his daughter.
My mother made sure I had every chance to read whatever I wanted to read and has never stopped learning. I am her daughter.
My work is intimate and universal. Positive and paradoxical. Efficient, elegant, direct, and elevating. It has yet, however, to change the temperament of my cat.
"Maria is one of the most gifted presenters I have met, both in small and large group settings. She is particularly adept at taking seemingly opposing ideas and, in real time, creating engaging content that leaves the audience both intrigued and wanting more."
"In clear, gentle, poetic, and unabashedly honest language, Maria guides us as we navigate the events in life that bring us to our knees. Even as the book empathetically reaches out to sit with you in the darkest of moments, it quietly points the way up and forward toward a happier and more meaningful life. As well as treasuring my own copy to read over and again in my own moments of grief, I have given this book to friends, family, and clients, placed it at the top of my bibliography list for the workshops I teach both for professionals and lay people in the field of death and dying, and consider it to be one of the finest works to accompany someone on their journey toward healing."
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