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Mary Verstraete, PCC

President, Leadership Consultant and Coach


With more than 30 years’ experience in leadership development, training, and consulting, Mary’s focus is developing leaders of significant influence and shaping professional coach training programs to deliver effective, lasting impact.

In 2007, Mary cofounded the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE), an organization that provides International Coach Federation-approved coach training and workshops throughout the United States. In her current role as President of CCE, Mary continues to expand coaching into diverse industries by developing customized training used in companies such as ExxonMobil, Fairview Health Systems, and MJ Senior Housing.

In addition to her work at CCE, she is a leadership consultant and coach who works with clients in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metro area and around the U.S.

Mary is the author of Conversational Leadership©, Essential Coach Training for Leaders©, Advanced Coach Training©, LifeMap for Focused Living©, and Communication Matters©. She created and developed the Convergence Leadership Process©, used and valued by hundreds of leaders.

 Earlier in her career, Mary served as Executive Pastor in the nonprofit sector—overseeing staff development during a time of intense growth and organizational change at Eagle Brook Church, which currently serves an average of 40,000+ people each week across several Twin Cities campuses. 

She earned a B.S. degree in Organizational Administration from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota. She is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and holds additional certifications as a Level 1 Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (MBTI) Administrator, Brand Tool Box® Brand Alignment Facilitator, Certified ScrumMaster and Scrum Product Owner, Leadership Agility® 360 Coach, and Conversational Intelligence® Coach with a concentration in the neuroscience of communication.

Check out the following services that Mary personally offers at

Leadership Coaching

Designing Your Distinct Legacy. A four step Convergence Leadership Coaching Process©, with high confidentiality, measurable outcomes, and does not require significant amounts of time for the busy leader.

Analyze–We work together to analyze your strengths, abilities, personality preferences, and leadership characteristics. We explore and determine core values, life mission and vision, then generate convergence of these areas into your leadership.

Apply–We engage convergence by maximizing your capacity to lead with more intentionality, greater authenticity, and increased significance, expanding your distinct leadership influence and legacy.

Execute–We strategically execute your leadership convergence and create cultures of communication effectiveness, synergy, and intrinsic employee engagement built on authenticity and trust. 

Support–Opportunities are created to support your continued leadership optimization, measurable outcomes, and benchmarks for leveraging your leadership.

Business Coaching and Consulting

Intrinsic Employee Development 

It's safe to say that more “team-building days” aren't going to remedy any lack of employee engagement. The answer to consistent engagement in today's agile work environment often requires support for the employee.

Coaching provides valuable support by offering a confidential, safe environment for employees to maneuver through challenges, develop personally and professionally, and cultivate the ability to function within an organization with a high degree of intrinsic self-determination.

Culture Workshops

Workshops are designed to establish cultures of communication effectiveness, synergistic teams, and strong employee engagement—all built on the foundation of trust that contributes to organizational legacy.

The workshops are a companion to employee coaching and are customized to meet your organization's needs and are always presented within the context of the organization's mission and values.

  • Developing Synergistic Cultures

  • Creating Strength-Based Teams

  • Establishing Teams Built Upon Trust

  • Generating Employee Engagement & Loyalty

  • Conversational Leadership©

  • Mastering Communication Excellence

Contact Mary at 612-246-4787 or