Prior to joining Influencing Options®, Maria worked in law enforcement for 24 years, with 15 years in supervisor level positions. The last five years of her career, she was the only female member of the command staff, serving as a Lieutenant. Maria’s work with the public sector includes law enforcement, corrections , the courts and various other elements of the criminal justice system. She’s also worked on the federal level with the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.
Maria has a diverse background working in non-traditional work forces and she has conducted training and workshops to help organizations build a commitment culture through increasing trust. Maria is regarded as highly energetic and skilled facilitator. Her positive energy and real life examples help bring the training alive and make it applicable to the participants. Students enjoy Maria’s sense of humor, dedication and engaging personality.
Maria holds Wagner Certification™ in Ethical Influencing, Problem Solving & Confronting Without Conflict, Managing High Performing Groups & Teams and Performance Conversations. She is also a Wagner Certified™ Master Trainer. These workshops, part of the Influencing Options® library of world class transformational programs have benefited tens of thousands of participants from all corners of the globe over the past 25 years.
Maria has a Masters degree in Organizational Development emphasizing interpersonal development and accountability. She is based out of Washington State and is available for training events, speaking engagements, keynotes and leadership seminars.