About Maria Ross

Changemaker for strong leaders, thriving cultures & influential brands.

Unleashing the power of humanity in business for robust success.

speaker. writer. podcast host. business expert. entrepreneur. optimist.

Working with thousands of leaders and companies across the globe I can show you that making the world a better place AND turning a healthy profit is possible.

With years of research and decades of experience helping progressive and people-centric leaders and companies achieve radical success in both their business and brand.

Are you ready to do the same?

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About Maria

My mission is simple: igniting business growth with empathy for an innovative and meaningful life.

As founder of Red Slice, I advise organizations on how to better engage and connect with the people who matter most. My clients learn to imbue their work with compassion to create strong leaders, thriving cultures, and winning brands.

A dynamic speaker, I help you boost engagement, performance, and collaboration by delighting audiences at large conferences, strategic offsites, leadership workshops, and sakes kickoffs such as TEDx, The 3% Conference, The New York Times Small Business Summit, the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, Salesforce, Box, Lever, Imperative, TBWA, CHRISTUS Health and many more.

I’ve authored multiple books, including my most recent, The Empathy Edge and I host The Empathy Edge podcast, featuring C-suite executives, authors, thought leaders, and creative thinkers who agree that empathy is required for success in the modern world.

Brand messaging clients range from innovative entrepreneurs to fast growth companies to non-profits and, for more than 15 years, I’ve helped them lead their niche markets. Notable clients include LogicGate, Splunk, GSK, ContentSquare, Alteryx, The Coaching Fellowship, IHA, and many more.

My insights have appeared in many media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Newsweek, Huffington Post, and Thrive Global.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband, young son, and rescue mutt, where I enjoy red wine, British crime dramas, hiking, and Crossfit. Trivia game shows and especially Jeopardy! are among my guiltiest pleasures.

cash flow, creativity, and compassion are not mutually exclusive

Empathy is the most effective way to build a brand that bolsters customer loyalty, fosters community, and boosts profits.

A journey to and for empathy

From acting stage to speaking stage and the life-changing moments in between.

Which brings me to you.

I’m here to serve. My company is built on a bedrock of love, a passion for what’s possible and a commitment to be an unstoppable force for good. Making empathy foundational to their leadership, culture, and brand is the best and only way to prosper.

Through my speaking, strategic consulting, online courses, podcast, books and free content, — we’re in this to make a difference. To help you build abusiness that connects purpose to profit. Where people work hard because they know their employers actually care about their wellbeing, and eagerly buy from companies that connect purpose to profit.

Whether you’re a founder, leader, visionary, or company rep – you can begin building brand new, empathy-forward organization and brand right now and I’m here to help you reach new paradigms of success.

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Media Highlights

Names The Empathy Edge One of 20 Books to Crush the New Year

Maria’s book, The Empathy Edge, gets attention for all the right reasons in leadership circles.

One of 11 Books that will Change the Way You Think About Leadership

The Empathy Edge is highlighted among leadership books by Simon Sinek, Michael Bungay Stanier, and Kim Scott’s Radical Candor.

The Empathy Edge

NPR’s Guy Raz sat down with Maria to talk about how empathy is a competitive advantage and how we bring leaders along for the ride.

Maria is a Contributing Expert for Entrepreur.com

Read her many articles on empathy as a leadership advantage, effective brand building, and even how to deliver a killer speech.

Names The Empathy Edge One of 9 Most Inspirational Business Books

From Michelle Obama to Stephen Schwarzman, here are some of the best books to add to your reading list if you’re in search of a little inspiration during challenging times.

Empathy & Inclusivity in Action

Maria shares how a brain aneurysm helped her discover the power of organizations and brands that adopt empathy. Followed by a special conversation with Shaquille O’Neal and Venus Williams.

Maria is part of Newsweek’s Expert Forum

Read Maria’s articles on empathy, leadership, and vision.

Maria has been a contributing writer to Huffington Post

Read her many article on everything from brand strategy to intuition to parenthood.

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