"Before working with Maria, I was unclear as to my leadership goals, career plans, and promotion trajectory. I was having difficulty understanding why my work was not translating into credit from coworkers, and I was doubting my ability to meet expectations.
Since working together, I have seen a clear difference in my confidence and ability to understand my work environment. Hearing feedback on ways to course correct my communication style, suggestions on readings to learn about poor habits I was continuing without realizing, and providing ideas as a young professional was exactly what I needed. Maria provided a clear and safe space for me to brainstorm ideas, guiding me with sage advice during a period where I was thrust into leadership.
I value Maria’s patience, kindness, and wisdom above all else. I know that she has my best interest in mind, operating as a third party to provide strategic feedback and advice. She was especially pivotal during my performance appraisal cycle, helping to guide feedback and strategic goals for the next calendar year."
Christine E. Thomas
Global Health & Monitoring and Evaluation Professional, USA, Washington DC
"I truly have to admit that I started our coaching sessions because someone had suggested that it would help me improve my leaderships skills, something that I knew I need if I want to advance into new leadership roles within my organization. I remember, I was kind of skeptical and nervous at the same time, because I thought it is hard to support and advice someone you don’t know and that having this opportunity not in my native language was going to be tough.
But then I met Maria… and my world rocked and my thoughts crashed and everything that I thought I knew was destroyed to be rebuild…
(not I am not in love with you nor personally or professionally… hehe)
But I totally admire you, because we were able to know my deepest feelings and thoughts, you made me laugh and cry, you made me feel angry and happy, you made me feel unprepared and ready...
Thank you for been a great professional to me, for opening my eyes and ears when I needed it.
I really wish now that more and more people can find their “own” Maria. I have learnt so much, this was really a shocking and breaking and rebuilding moment for my personal and professional life."
Paula Pastor Flores
Operations Director, JA Americas, Argentina
"I came to Maria with my request for coaching two years ago and have been working with her as my strategic thinking partner since then. From the very beginning, I was stunned with her ability to see straight to the core in each challenge. Her impressive background in law, project management, and M&A makes her brain strongly tuned to achieving practical and tangible goals. I admire her intuition, honesty, curiosity, and hunger for learning and always delivering top-notch ideas to me. Her ability to create a safe environment is amazing. When I launched my latest startup, I had literally no one to discuss it with because of the secrecy of the project and multiple conflicts of interests. I had a great supporter and thinking partner in Maria.
Maria’s style is unlike other coaches; she asks the kind of questions that unleash my own creativity. Her metaphors either make me laugh or keep silent, but they are always so powerful that I end up with deep insights every time. Even during pauses between our engagements, her coaching works – I use the results of work previously done with Maria as my anchors and come back to her insights and guidance to keep steady.
Recently, unexpected events happened in my personal life, and I felt lost with the unpredictability of the potential outcomes; Maria was the only person who I saw as my partner in resolving the situation. The one that I could trust. Again, she helped me to stay grounded and survive the storm. We have been through so many of my dilemmas, challenges, and problems together that I’m not sure that I know the right words to express my gratitude to her."
Founder, CEO, IT industry, Russia
"I always looked forward to my sessions with Maria. Her highly professional and warm approach helped me push myself to get the results I was looking for. During the short time we worked together, I've been able to take action steps to improve my career and perspective on life. Thank you, Maria!"
Recruiter | Healthcare | Career Strategist, USA
"Maria is a gifted coach who brings passion, empathy, and outcome to her clients. She helps broaden the client's perspective and leads the client towards accomplished goals. Maria's diverse experience and background uniquely positions her to partner with individuals on a variety of business topics as well as raise the client's cultural awareness when it comes to transition from one culture to another - be that a corporate culture of geographic one."
Global Talent Development and Inclusion Manager at Citi, USA
"Maria is a very talented and creative professional coach, specializing in executive and leadership clients. Her approach is based on adult learning theory. Her Project Management expertise is a plus for her clients - she has a capacity for taking in all of her clients' conversations while helping clients to identify and focus on what's most important to them. She has a warm and inviting style, combined with strong support for clients as they move forward - she helps them to stretch as they consider what's possible and help them to see more than they can see alone. I've had the honor of working with Maria over the past few years and highly recommend her as an executive coach. Her clients are lucky to have her as their coach!"
Executive Coach - Coach Educator - Coaching Supervisor, USA
"In a sea of coaches what sets Maria apart is her unique combination of first hand industry experience and the wonderful positive energy she brings to every session. Always curious and kind and a consummate professional, she has the skills to guide her clients in a wide range of situations. What impresses me personally is her continuous pursuit of knowledge. She is always expanding her education and skill set as a coach and is one of my top resources for the latest coaching conferences and seminars. This is a coach who knows how to grow and is not afraid to share that with her clients."
Life and Executive Coach, USA
"Maria, I want to extend my gratitude by saying thank you for the time you spent as my coach. Your commitment and willingness to address my concerns were always met in an utmost professional manner.
In my endeavors to pursue a career as an entrepreneur in business, your support encouraged me to have a greater appreciation for the small accomplishments, to value myself as the most important asset of my business, and take time to plan. These are just a few things we have covered during our sessions.
Not presented with such an opportunity to work with you, I do not think I would have known what a Kanban board was and how to make it work effectively for completing business goals.
I have a totally different mindset towards entrepreneurship now. I know the importance of using my resources; the people who can assist me in completing tasks, planning using the Kanban approach, and being accountable for the goals I have set.
Maria our sessions were successful because of the respect we have grown to have for each other. You were great at listening, sharing feedbacks and showing accountability. The little steps we took together made a great impact on my journey towards becoming a business woman. Thank you again for being an extraordinaire coach."
"Coming into 2019 and following some significant personal and professional changes I found myself looking for the guidance of a wise and experienced executive coach to help me find a way to achieve my historical level of performance while balancing new expectations at home and at work.
Having done my dissertation on executive coaching, been coached previously, being certified as a coach myself, and having recommended and overseen coaching with others, I made a point to ensure I was working with the right person for this particular engagement. After reconnecting with Maria and seeing her style in action briefly I knew she was a coach who could work effectively with me to meet my goals. Maria and I ultimately decided on a brief (4 months) engagement with an intense (twice a month for 90 minutes) cadence in our work together and this time together proved to be extraordinary valuable to my development. Over this period Maria and I honed our work on 6 specific themes that emerged from feedback I received: 1) slowing down, getting more input first, 2) building stronger relationships, 3) communicating more frequently, soliciting feedback more often & really listening to others, 4) showing more emotion/not hiding my emotions from others, 5) getting the basics right and effectively juggling better (responsiveness), and 6) empowering my team and others.
As a coach I found Maria to be incisive, challenging me in the best way to figure out what I wanted. Maria was not afraid to push me to really develop solutions for the challenges that I faced. Maria is honest and not afraid to ask tough questions – the kind that make you pause, really go deep inside, and get clarity to determine exactly what the barrier or the issue really is.
I also found my work with Maria to be intellectually demanding and stimulating. As someone who enjoys cycling and running (most of the time) I know what it feels like for my body to be physically exhausted from working hard. I would often leave my sessions with Maria feeling similar to the way I felt after a particularly intense workout, as if I’d really put my mind to work strenuously and always, always with many new thoughts and ideas for ways to solve my biggest challenges.
Lastly and perhaps most importantly I found working with Maria to be a true partnership. Maria showed genuine concern for my progress and wellbeing and Maria is a person for whom I felt very comfortable sharing the very intimate details of my biggest challenges with. I also had absolute confidence in Maria as a coach and complete faith in knowing that the details of our sessions stayed between us. In true partnership fashion Maria asked a lot of me and gave a lot back in return and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with her and would recommend her without reservation to anyone looking to do the very life changing work of coaching. "
Non-Profit HR Executive, USA
"Maria is an engaging and supportive coach with a warm, positive and professional personality and a structured client-focused coaching style. She kept me very focused on what I wanted to accomplish in each coaching session. She listened really well, reflected back what had been said and focused on the main issues to facilitate goal setting and action plans. Being coached by Maria helped me with balancing my various short-term goals against one another. I gained much more clarity, and was able to focus and prioritize and create several concrete action steps for the coming months.
I very much enjoyed our coaching. Thank you, Maria"
Career and Leadership Coach, UK
I've had the opportunity to work closely with Maria both as my executive coach as well as through a partnership with Family Services to provide management training to our employees on surviving and thriving through change.
As a speaker Maria is relatable, thought provoking, and an expert in her field. We would definitely have her back to speak with our managers again!
Maria is also a gifted executive coach and not afraid to dive deep to get at the heart of the issue. As someone who is trained as a coach myself I opted to work with Maria as I knew she would ask tough questions, encourage lots of self-reflection, and really push me outside of my comfort zone. I have left every session with greater clarity, with a clear path forward, and lots to consider as I look to continue to grow professionally. I would recommend Maria without reservation!
Non-Profit HR Executive, USA
"Maria's coaching style is very warm and empathetic which makes me feel safe and respected during sessions. Maria was congruent and genuine toward our relationship during our sessions which supported and encouraged me to look into my real desire and dream fully. Thanks to Maria, I discovered what I was truly looking for and how I could combine with other elements in my life plan during our sessions and have finally decided to come over to New York for developing my coaching business globally."
President of Coaching School, Japan
"In today's fast-paced world, it's sometimes quite difficult to respond to all its challenges without expending a great amount of time, money, physical and mental sources. Through our work with Maria, I've started achieving more complex goals in my professional and personal life with less effort. I do appreciate Maria's talent and look forward to our further partnering."
Top Legal Executive, Russia
"When we are working with Maria, we progressively move toward to my intended goals. To my surprise and delight I found myself gaining new insights and pushing the boundaries of what I had thought possible. I've created my own value system that has formed the foundation for everything in my life. We have been working with Maria for just three months and already accomplished so much. I've completed a draft of my doctoral dissertation having previously struggled with it for five years, received a number of attractive job offers and landed my dream one, and even given up smoking!"
Director of the Department of Otolaryngology, Russia
"Maria was the one who was able to gently show me my preconceived notions and wrong expectations about my choice of career path, and guide me in the right direction to apply my personal and professional skills to my satisfaction. Her intuition and strong understanding of human psychology and principles of coaching helped me to think outside the box and see the picture of my life globally, reset my mindset and focus on little steps that led me to the circumstances and connections that help me flourish and succeed."