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Maria Garrett

Sr Dir, Global Learning & Leadership Development


Maria Garrett is founder and managing director of MG Leadership | Coaching & Consulting, a boutique executive coaching and leadership consulting practice based in Austin, Texas. An ICF Associate Certified Coach and a Forbes Council Coach, Maria delivers one-to-one coaching, small group interventions, and development program solutions to executives, rising leaders, intact leadership teams, and high potentials who desire to better understand and increase the impact they are having on organizational performance and results in their current leadership roles. She also facilitates data-informed development work with leaders who are preparing themselves for next-level leadership roles and challenges.

Clients of Maria say that they appreciate her style of being as straightforward and direct as she is personable and compassionate. She brings more than 30 years of corporate experience working across several industries and job types into her work, which allows her to relate quickly, establish rapport, and provide insights while also helping her clients self-discover, learn, and grow. She is a pragmatic educator and people development coach with a passion for bridging theory with practice in ways that make it easy for people to put our learning into play on the job each day. She is experienced working with C-level executives, VPs, directors, managers, and high potentials.

Maria has performed as both an internal and external leadership coach and consultant. She also has experience leading the learning function for a global, complex tech industry giant where she and her team were responsible for bringing relevant compliance-oriented, job-specific, professional skill, management & leadership development solutions to the workforce in cost-efficient yet effective ways. She has personally delivered on topics ranging from strategic leadership and organization performance to communications, emotional intelligence, prioritization strategies, decision-making methods, managing conflict, and managing through change.

Maria holds a master’s degree in organizational communication and leadership studies from Texas State University and undergraduate degrees in both business management and organizational communication and behavior studies. She serves on the board for the Breast Cancer Resource Center, a nationally recognized cancer support organization that provides no-cost services to cancer patients in Central Texas. She also serves as a volunteer mentor to MBA candidates and communication studies master’s candidates at her alma mater. She is certified to administer a broad range of competency and personality assessment instruments including: the Korn Ferry 360, DDI Lead, Stewart’s LEAD Now! Model, the Leadership Circle Profile, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the 9 Types of Leadership (using Enneagram).

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