Mary Verstraete, PCC

My focus and vision is assisting ambitious, successful business professionals in establishing incalculable leadership influence that creates a mark in the world, cultivating an unwavering legacy of lasting significance.

With more than 30 years’ experience in leadership development, training, and consulting, I’ve consistently seen the critical need and importance of quantifiably competent and influential leaders.

I love what I do because I’m passionate about leaders! Whether it’s sitting across the table from you, talking on the phone, or coaching and consulting, helping you as a  leader is the highlight and focus of my life's work.

In 2004, I created and developed a highly effective resource, the LifeMap for Focus Living Process©, which has been used by hundreds of leaders to bring personal and professional convergence to their lives. Today the process continues to be a valued for its life-changing results.

My career path led me to serve as Executive Pastor in the nonprofit sector—overseeing team and staff development—during a time of intense growth and organizational change at Eagle Brook Church, which currently serves an average of 20,000+ people each week across several Twin Cities campuses.

In 2007, I cofounded the Center for Coaching Excellence and continue to serve as its president. The center provides live online International Coach Federation-approved coach training and workshop venues throughout the United States. The approach to coach training is the result of research where I learned firsthand the effectiveness that skilled communication has in the hands of some of world’s most influential leaders. The neuroscience behavior and mind-set research added the science to masterful communication. I have taken that knowledge and broken it down into tangible communication processes that leaders can incorporate into their personal and professional lives.

I have had the privilege of expanding communication processes and skills by developing customized communication training used in companies such as ExxonMobil, Luse Companies, MJ Senior Housing, and Fairview Hospitals of Minnesota. Today, I continue to present and customize training for diverse industries in the United States.

I earned my degree in Organizational Administration from University of Northwestern – St. Paul and received my Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from ILCT, an International Coach Federation-accredited coach training school. I'm a certified Level 1 Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach, certified Myers-Briggs Administrator, certified Brand Alignment Trainer, Business Agility Coach, Certified ScrumMaster and Scrum Product Owner. In 2016, I received my certification as a Conversation Intelligence Coach with a concentration in the neuroscience of communication.

I reside in the beautiful Twin Cities area of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, on a hobby farm with my husband Bob of 40+ years. We are grateful to have the privilege of being parents and grandparents. 

I invite you to continue the conversation on leadership influence and legacy.