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Mary Verstraete, PCC

President, Leadership Consultant and Coach


Mary’s focus is developing leaders of significant influence. With more than 30 years of experience in leadership development, training, and consulting, Mary consistently demonstrates the role of coaching in helping leaders apply conversation strategies that build trust and employee engagement. 

In 2007, Mary cofounded the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) along with Roger Erdvig, who now serves as an educational administrator and adjunct professor. Working together to author and publish the first version of what is now known as Essential Training, Mary and Roger built the foundation for what would become one of today’s most effective resources for leaders and coaches.

In her current role as President of the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE), Mary continues to expand coaching into diverse industries and create professional coach training programs that deliver effective, lasting impact. Mary has developed customized training for organizations such as ExxonMobil, Luse Companies, MJ Senior Housing, Fairview Health Systems, and Hennepin County (serving Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs).

Prior to launching CCE, Mary served in the nonprofit sector as an Executive Pastor, overseeing staff development during a time of intense growth, organizational change and multi-campus expansion at Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities.

In addition to her work at CCE, Mary is a leadership consultant and coach who enjoys training leaders to maximize their competencies, develop greater agility, and achieve more influence by developing their unique leadership brand.

Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Administration from University of Northwestern - Saint Paul, MN. She holds certifications as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), Level 1 Gallup StrengthsFinder Coach, Myers-Briggs Administrator, Brand Alignment Trainer, Business Agility Coach, ScrumMaster and Scrum Product Owner. In 2016, she became certified as a Conversation Intelligence Coach with a concentration in the neuroscience of communication.