Mary Verstraete

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Mary Verstraete


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 CliftonStrengths® 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 offers at

Personal Leadership Coaching

Business Coaching and Consulting Workshops

Communication Matters!© Workshops