Maria is a writer, storyteller, leadership and executive coach.
As president and founder of Yes2Yes® Leadership-for-Success Coaching, Maria brings a wealth of experience and a unique, positive approach to executive and leadership coaching. She has over 20 years experience as a trusted advisor to leaders and executives including C-level, senior executives, top talent and emerging leaders. She helps leaders build exceptional team performance, communicate more effectively, manage difficult conversations successfully, hold people accountable in a clear, collaborative way, and create a vision that others will want to achieve.
Maria did her coach training at Georgetown University and is faculty in the Georgetown Leadership Coaching program. She holds an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, and has served as the president of the Philadelphia area chapter of the International Coach Federation.
Her work focuses primarily on helping leaders in technical arenas – energy, engineering, science, technology, pharmaceutical, medical, business, and financial – to reach higher levels of performance. Special areas of expertise include leadership development, communication skills, team performance, on-boarding, managing up, leadership presence, relationship building, conflict management, mindfulness and adult development.
What’s more, she has in-depth, hands-on experience in leadership, management, administration, project management and team performance in organizations. Maria was director of U.S. programs at the Rodale Research Center in Pennsylvania managing Ph.D. scientists. She also served as co-director of the Penn State University-Rodale Institute Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources in Urbanizing Environments and was project manager of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Regional Infrastructure for Sustaining Agriculture Project. In addition, Maria served as director of program development at The Food Trust in Philadelphia.
The combination of practical experience in the work force and one-on-one coaching with hundreds of clients has led Maria to write her first book, Leading with Y.E.S. It is based on her proprietary method to guide individuals to identify and live what she calls Y.E.S.: your extraordinary story. Her purpose is to help people fully resonate with their extraordinary story so they can be effective and successful leaders in all aspects of their lives. She enjoys spreading her message of Y.E.S. by working with clients, writing blogs, leading seminars and speaking to groups around the country.
Maria van Hekken obtained her certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University and holds a bachelor of science in environmental biology.
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