Mary Schaefer

In her corporate career, Mary Schaefer started out as a computer programmer. Computers were so new at work in the 80’s. She really liked helping people feel confident as quickly as possible, when they were worried about looking stupid or breaking the equipment. Mary decided the best place to help people this way was to go into human resources.

Mary concluded her 20-year corporate career as an HR manager serving a constituency of over 550 employees. She keeps up with her former cohorts and her clients who help her keep her coaching and training grounded in the reality of the workplace. Mary focuses on making the most of what the human beings who happen to be employees can contribute to an organization through their energy and creativity, while at the same time meeting their specific needs for meaningful work.

As the principal of her own business, Mary is an expert in empowerment and manager/employee interactions. She coaches, trains and consults on talent development, performance management and change management.

Mary publishes on these topics and more at Reimagine Work, Lead Change Group, CIO Online, Forbes, and other sites. She is a co-author of the book, "The Character-Based Leader.” In 2014 Mary presented the talks, “GPS Your Career: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Go” at the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference and also “Putting the Human Back into Human Resources,” at a TEDx event.


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