Celebrating 50 years (1969-2019)
Mary Kay is a leadership coach and consultant, facilitator, teacher, and strategist with over 30 years of experience in management, leadership development, marketing, and business management and development.
A leadership consultant at LeaderWise, Mary Kay is committed to developing leadership excellence in faith communities. In addition to coaching, consulting with, and teaching individual leaders, she also develops teams toward achieving high performance and offers vision and strategy facilitation to leadership teams. In addition to this work, Mary Kay is on staff in the Southeastern MN synod of the Lutheran church, as Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership, Candidacy, and Faith Formation. She also teaches leadership at Wartburg Theological Seminary (online continuing education).
Combining business leadership expertise with her deep faith, in 2010, Mary Kay designed and developed a cohort-model leadership development program for high potential clergy. This program brings faith leaders together for a year-long exploration of leadership, with the vision to help them lead their communities through deep change effectively and enthusiastically into the 21st century. Since this time, the program has expanded into retreats and seminars in a variety of forms. The SHAPE of Leadership program currently is offered in the Midwest as well as on the East Coast.
Mary Kay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Business Coach Training from Coach U, and a Masters of Arts in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary. An expert in Adaptive Leadership, Mary Kay has studied under Ron Heifetz at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also certified to facilitate many assessments used in leadership development.
When not working or in the throes of life’s duties, Mary Kay loves to spend time with her husband, adult children and golden retriever; read; and commune with nature in the Twin Cities or at the family retreat near the North Shore of Lake Superior.