Mary Ann Ireland Executive/Leadership Coach, Facilitator and Team Mobilizer
San Francisco / Silicon Valley

Mary Ann Ireland
Mary Ann Ireland
areas of expertise
  • Executive leadership 
  • Executive presence
  • Global team consulting  
  • Somatic coaching 
  • Commitment-based Management
  • Brown University, B.A. in Organic Chemistry
  • JFK University, M.A. in Organizational Psychology
  • JFK University, Certification in Organizational Coaching
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF), Professional Certified Coach (PCC) 
  • Strozzi Institute, Master Somatic Coach (MSC)
  • The Leadership Circle ProfileTM, Certified Practitioner, The Leadership Circle®
  • Institute of Generative Leadership, Certification in Management and Leadership

Mary Ann empowers individuals and teams to skillfully communicate, engender trust and hold each other accountable to their commitments so that they can successfully achieve their goals. The foundation for her work includes Commitment-based Management (CbM) (listening for opportunities, skillfully coordinating, and respectfully managing with accountability) and Executive/Leadership Presence (improving one’s ability to influence, engage and lead others while being responsive to change), so that clients can articulate bigger possibilities and deliver on them.

Mary Ann’s ability to listen deeply to her client’s concerns, clearly identify strengths and areas of development, and compassionately speak to what limits an individual or team’s performance, allows her to partner with clients to co-design and execute for exceptional results, as judged by their stakeholders.

Her coaching clients include Senior Vice Presidents, Directors and Senior Managers in start-up, emerging, midsize and Fortune 500 companies. Mary Ann has worked in the UK, China, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Brazil, Spain, and Poland to train and mobilize teams, and travels in the US to deliver leadership training and coaching programs.

We live in times of unprecedented change and uncertainty.  True leaders see this as an opportunity – a chance to reconnect with what they most care about, commit to generative conversations that galvanize others, and co-create a future in which everyone can thrive. 


My mission is to work with leaders to navigate their internal limitations and external obstacles so that their talents and gifts are more fully expressed.  When empowered to excel, leaders bring out the best in themselves and others and achieve remarkable results.


Mary Ann’s corporate experience includes a 17-year career in sales, marketing and product management in the life sciences industry. She has worked with teams of scientists and engineers to develop and manage technical product lines. As a strategic account manager in a $3.4B asset management company, Mary Ann was recognized as the top performer in the country for the life science division, exceeding her quota by $10M.


  • Leading in a new world: Path-Finding your Team to the Future

    Whether you are an executive team or top sales team, the key task now is to lead courageously, charting new paths to the future. “Path-Finding” is a team approach that is focused on finding the way to a new future, not maintaining the status quo based on old assumptions about customers and markets. In this new

    August 11, 2020
  • Gaining “2020 Vision”​

    The expression “2020 vision” is synonymous with perfect vision. It’s about seeing clearly and without need for special glasses or lenses. With 2020 vision we can read and see what’s going on perfectly. 2020 is something we are born with and as we get older our vision deteriorates.

    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
would you like a free 30-minute call with one of our expert coaches?

Click the button and request a call

“Working with Mary Ann was fantastic. She’s a great coach, combining theoretical content with real-world practice and context. I was able to apply techniques with positive results. My colleagues have reported on my improved ability to listen deeply to their needs and concerns. This has resulted in improved execution on shared tasks and goals. My colleagues and I also feel a deeper connection and a stronger team spirit.” ,

Joey Echeverria
Joey Echeverria
Director of Engineering, Rocana (now Splunk), San Francisco

Looking for an executive coach?

This website uses cookies and asks your personal data to enhance your browsing experience.