…a digital elixir of stories, advice & strategies to ignite your brand & delight your mind.
…a marketing & branding consultancy, where unforgettable stories become irresistible brands.
…a provocative sandbox for entrepreneurs who crave real business-building juice, with an inspiration chaser.
Meet Maria Ross
Hello, I’m Maria Ross — your curator, hostess and marketing muse.
As a brand strategist, author, speaker and actress (when I have time!) I believe cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive.
From dominating my kindergarten classroom to delighting theatre patrons to directing brand strategies, I’ve been entertaining and educating audiences from the moment I could walk. And talk. And write.
Prior to creating Red Slice, I crafted branding and marketing strategies for Silicon Valley start-ups, global software firms, Internet companies, entertainment powerhouses and consumer businesses — including Business Objects (an SAP company), Discovery Networks and Monster.com — and created communication and training strategies for Fortune 1000 clients at Accenture.
These days, I ferret out the features that make your company completely irresistible…and then translate those qualities into strategies that stick, through my SLICE Strategic Sessions for solopreneurs and one for SMB’s, startups and emerging businesses — in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. I also do quick-hit Brand Booster Sessions. Check out all the ways we can work together to boost your brand.
I believe in the power of storytelling to excite, delight, inform, provoke or move us as human beings. And I believe that brands can do good in the world, treat their employees an customers right and still make money. I’m on a mission to use my marketing superpowers for good rather than evil!
Brand amplification is my vocation of choice, but I’m also a theatre and film actress, wine columnist and author. My popular business book, Branding Basics for Small Business (Norlights Press) is now in its 2nd edition with more power-packed case studies and expert advice. And my Amazon best-selling memoir, Rebooting My Brain, tells the story of my brain aneurysm and near-miraculous recovery — with tongue-in-cheek humor and levity (yes, really).
Ready for a torrent of credentials? Brace yourself — here they come: In addition to making my clients irresistible, I’ve been a frequent guest writer for many business and lifestyle online and print publications, including Entrepreneur.com, American Express OPEN Forum, MarketingProfs, Seattle Business, Columbus CEO, Microsoft Small Business UK, CRAVE, IntoWine and Life By Me and I’ve been featured on MSNBC, ABC News, NPR and in Entrepreneur. I’ve offered practical and punchy insight on numerous talk radio shows and podcasts and delighted live audiences at such places as BlogHer, The New York Times Small Business Summit, The Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Administration, NAWBO, Women in Consulting, Ladies Who Launch, and Savor the Success, just to name a few. I earned a B.S in Marketing and a minor in Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington. And among other philanthropic efforts, I’m a brain injury awareness advocate and let my dog-fanatic freak-flag fly by supporting the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, ASPCA, as well as local Bay Area rescues.
When I’m not telling stories or helping you be irresistible, I enjoy red wine, beautiful food, Crossfit, hiking, football, trivia, crime dramas, and most of all, quality hug time with my husband, adorable son and precocious Black Lab mutt.
My style? Tough love and straightforward yet nurturing and warm. Collaborative. Decisive. Biased toward action. Practical yet playful. Witty. Wise, Efficient. If you want to spend months (or years) hemming and hawing about a direction, rather than creating a strategy and pressing GO, then I’m not your gal!
Click here to learn more about what I believe and how I work.
Wanna work with me? Check out a SLICE strategy session tailored just for you and your business to boost your brand, clarify your value and get results.
Interested in gaining more clarity, focus and confidence on your brand and marketing efforts – self-guided and stress-free? Then my highly-praised Brand Bootcamp digital course is just right for you.
Need a dynamic brand, marketing and inspirational speaker? Hire me to speak and delight your audience at your next workshop, conference or team offsite.
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