Mary Coughlin


StrengthsFinder Expert, Executive Coach & Trainer 

Specializes In:

  • StrengthsFinder Assessments
  • Executive Leadership Coaching
  • Team Development 
  • Succession Planning
  • Building Partnerships
  • Strategic Leadership Development 
  • Change Management
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Change Initiatives
  • Avoiding Derailment Factors


What I Bring To The Team:
I love helping others recognize and embrace the best version of themselves.

Top 3 Personal Values:
Truth, Gratitude, Service

Fun Facts:
I love to travel, I’m a Bay Area native and I used to see Kamala Harris at the hair salon in San Francisco when she was the DA.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

— President Barack Obama


Mary strongly believes that getting the right talent in the right place at the right time is foundational to success.   She is known for looking at the bigger picture and synthesizing information to pinpoint the top priorities required to drive a particular strategy or solve a complex problem.  Her coaching style is straightforward, solution focused, and pragmatic while helping create tailored plans that are based on situational needs, personal goals, and leadership skills

After 20+ years in leadership roles in multiple industries, the one thing that repeatedly proved invaluable to corporate success is a talent matters approach.  Mary partners with corporate leaders to develop the talent strategies necessary to execute their business.  With a focus on assessing, understanding, and capitalizing on individual and team strengths Mary’s work has led to improved employee engagement and business performance.  Additionally, she has led complex change initiatives and used systemic approaches to increasing employee and customer satisfaction.

Mary’s professional career includes leading Fortune 500 organizations in HR leadership roles. Her career spans executive leadership roles with corporatewide accountability for leading talent strategy, leadership and organizational development, talent acquisition, executive selection, succession planning, diversity and HR Business Partner teams.   Mary’s roles include over ten years at Charles Schwab in SVP Talent Management, SVP HR Strategy & Operations, VP of HR positions and Director-level positions at Kaiser Permanente and Mervyn’s (a division of Target Stores).


Education & Credentials

  • BA, Business Administration, California State University, East Bay
  • Certified Cancer Journey Coach, The Cancer Journey
  • Certified StrengthsFinder Coach, Gallup
  • Certified Coach, Coach University  
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessments