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The current market is not merely asking, but requiring that you adapt and evolve.

You need visionary and compassionate leaders. You need a high-performing and empathetic culture. You need an influential and uplifting brand.

Gone are the days of cutthroat C-level execs and merciless mass-layoffs. Today, customers, stakeholders, and employees alike expect your company to value and model empathy.

Fortunately, winning leaders and organizations can be compassionate and competitive, ambitious and empathetic. Cultivating empathy helps you create more innovation, happier stakeholders, and lucrative bottom-line results.

Cash flow, creativity, and compassion are not mutually exclusive.

Empathy is the new foundational standard, not a fluffy afterthought.


Empathy is #1 for “new product innovation success.”



of CEOs agree the company’s financial performance is tied to empathy.



of team members would be more likely to stay with their company if business leaders empathized with their needs.



Emotional connection is TWICE as valuable as customer satisfaction.

Harvard Business Review

Improve your empathy in your business or brand now and for the long-term.

My clients learn to imbue their work with compassion to create strong leaders, thriving cultures, and winning brands.

Are you ready to see how high your organization can climb when it’s supercharged by empathy? And how your people can engage and perform beyond your wildest expectations?

Maria brings nearly 30 years of empathy-led leadership, business, and brand expertise. She has been a trusted advisor to hundreds of companies and brands, including massive global corporations, pioneering startups, and heart-centered nonprofits.

In her engaging workshops and mindset-shifting presentations she offers actionable strategies to amplify impact, and explains how compassionate business tactics will transform organizations from the inside out.

Maria can help if…

  • You want to cultivate integrity in your leadership, business, culture, and brand.
  • You want to create a business that makes a significant difference in the world.
  • You want to craft empathetic brand stories to better engage and connect.
  • You want to leverage your compassionate culture to attract and retain top talent.
  • You want to make the world a better place while still turning a healthy profit.
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Conversations with leaders, changemakers, and those who challenge the status quo.

The Empathy Edge Podcast

  • Jessica Swank: How Box Navigates the New World of Work

    Post-pandemic leadership can be challenging. With the current market and increased expectations workers, leaders, and mid-level managers are squeezed, balancing the needs of the business with the demands of their people. This is why I’m excited to talk to a Chief People Officer of a global organization that is doing the work, navigating the journey, […]

The Empathy Edge Book

harnessing the value of compassion as an engine for success

Through Maria’s research, case studies, and practical advice you’ll discover how active compassion and cultivating an empathetic mindset can help you and your brand succeed.

Expert Insights from Maria

  • 3 Reasons Why Cutting Your Training Budget Will Cost You Dearly
    3 Reasons Why Cutting Your Training Budget Will Cost You Dearly

    When times get tough, our family knows it’s time to sit down and review the credit card statements to see where our money is going. We think in terms of essentials and nice-to-haves. We must make difficult decisions. We must look at alternate ways to get things done. And we must make sacrifices. Organizations are…

  • Why is Self-Care Important to Empathetic Leadership?
    Why is Self-Care Important to Empathetic Leadership?

    Self-care is more than just manis, pedis, and massages. It is vital to helping leaders embrace both empathy while also making tough business decisions, holding people accountable, and setting high performance standards. Self-care is the second of the five pillars in my upcoming book, The Empathy Dilemma: How Success Leaders Balance Performance, People, and Personal…

  • How Does Self-Awareness Lead to Empathy?
    How Does Self-Awareness Lead to Empathy?

    The book is coming! September 10 is the day that The Empathy Dilemma: How Successful Leaders Balance Performance, People, and Personal Boundaries hits shelves to help leaders dedicated to people-centered practices to get the best performance possible balance the demands of the business with the needs of their people. For the next 5 months, I’ll…

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