Maria Fafard, MA, PCC, CPF FutureFit Executive Forum & Executive Coach
Alexandria VA/Washington DC area

Maria Fafard
Maria Fafard
areas of expertise
  • Executive coaching
  • Facilitation 
  • Values-centered life and career
  • Spirituality and mindfulness
  • Vertical development/leadership maturity
  • Agile coaching
  • Personal branding
education
  • Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching
  • The Catholic University of America, MA Economics
  • International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) 
  • International Association of Facilitators, Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) 
  • The Leadership Circle ProfileTM, Certified Practitioner, The Leadership Circle®

Maria Fafard is an executive coach and Certified Professional Facilitator who is passionate about helping leaders, teams and organisations reach their full potential. Drawing on two decades of experience in technology, finance and consulting, including Fortune 100 experience, she coaches executives and high-potential employees and delivers coaching in cohort-based leadership development programs.

Maria specializes in transformational coaching, helping clients to discern their core values and reorient their life and career around them; to uncover blind spots; and to find new perspectives. Typical engagements address executive development in the areas of self-awareness, servant leadership, executive presence, mindfulness, collaboration and communication skills, developing an inspiring vision, articulating an authentic personal brand, building relationships, and accelerating personal growth (vertical development). Maria sees coaching as a powerful tool to transform leaders, teams and organizations, and works with leaders to co-create a reality of fulfillment, meaning, and growth for them and the people they lead.

An accomplished speaker, Maria is known for her engaging presentation style, high energy and a sense of humor. She frequently speaks on topics of coaching, facilitation, thought leadership, and personal branding at conferences and events, including international ones.

Coaching at its best sheds light onto our inner life. It uncovers and illuminates our belief system and values, assumptions and expectations, empowering us to transcend them if they do not serve us.” – Maria Fafard

Craig’s clients typically report powerful growth in five classic dimensions of senior leadership: 

  • Executive presence, communication and presentations
  • Evolving their leadership style and broadening their range of appeal
  • Team and talent development, engagement and accountability
  • Managing organization culture, power and psychology
  • Cross-organizational influence

background

Maria is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) and a graduate of a Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

Her core values are: Inner Peace, Helping Others, Spirituality, Creativity, and Growth, and she is grateful to be able to exercise these values in her work. 

Maria is deeply interested in spiritual growth and is a graduate of Bon Secours Spiritual Direction program. This experience enables her to be more attuned to her clients’ needs, including needs in the spiritual realm. It also empowers her to turn to contemplative practices as a beautiful resource for leaders she coaches, especially these who might be interested in establishing a deeper inner life and engaging in mindfulness practices. 

articles

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    August 11, 2020
  • Gaining “2020 Vision”​

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    June 19, 2020
  • COVID-19: Your customer’s business has changed. Time to change yours.

    We are having forums with senior leaders across a diverse range of industries. Their key theme is not just how to deal with COVID-19 but how to emerge stronger, fitter in the future market.

    April 16, 2020
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Niki Leondakis
Chief Operating Officer, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, San Francisco

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