Mary started her career in human resources on her family farm when she was about 14 years old. Her father was the lucky recipient of all kinds of unsolicited advice on talent development, employee experience, performance management, and labor relations. She didn't know what HR was then, but Mary was developing the foundation for her approach today.

In her corporate career Mary started out as a computer programmer. Computers were so new at work then. She liked helping people feel confident and competent when they were worried about looking stupid or breaking the machine. That’s when she decided to commit herself to a career focusing on the human aspect of Human Resources. Mary concluded her 20-year corporate career as an HR manager serving a constituency of over 550 employees.

Mary focuses on making the most of what the human beings who happen to be employees can contribute to an organization through their energy and creativity, while at the same time meeting their specific needs for meaningful work.

As the principal of her own business, Mary is an expert in empowerment and manager/employee interactions. She coaches, trains and consults on talent development, performance management and employee experience. Mary publishes on these topics and more at, Lead Change Group, CIO Online, Forbes, and other sites. She is a co-author of the book, "The Character-Based Leader.” Mary has presented at the Inspiring Women in STEM Conference and is also a TEDx speaker.

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Make Your Relationship With Your Boss Work For You

Mary Schaefer

There is a myriad of issues in the workplace, including the challenge of age difference. But when it comes to working well with your boss, it doesn’t matter who is 30 or who is 50. Most supervisors want the same thing: a high-performing, low-maintenance employee. Do employees in your organization know how to be one? (By the way, managers are employees too!)

Through this presentation, participants will come away with ideas to:

– Clearly show the value they bring.
– Get the boss to take their ideas seriously.
– Distinguish himself or herself as someone who is reliable and who delivers.
– Make sure their everyday actions and decisions align with business priorities.

Schedule now to empower employees to manage their relationships with their bosses in a more collaborative and effective way.

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