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The current market is not merely asking, but requiring that you adapt and evolve.

You need visionary and compassionate leaders. You need a high-performing and empathetic culture. You need an influential and uplifting brand.

Gone are the days of cutthroat C-level execs and merciless mass-layoffs. Today, customers, stakeholders, and employees alike expect your company to value and model empathy.

Fortunately, winning leaders and organizations can be compassionate and competitive, ambitious and empathetic. Cultivating empathy helps you create more innovation, happier stakeholders, and lucrative bottom-line results.

Cash flow, creativity, and compassion are not mutually exclusive.

Empathy is the new foundational standard, not a fluffy afterthought.


Empathy is #1 for “new product innovation success.”



of CEOs agree the company’s financial performance is tied to empathy.



of team members would be more likely to stay with their company if business leaders empathized with their needs.



Emotional connection is TWICE as valuable as customer satisfaction.

Harvard Business Review

Improve your empathy in your business or brand now and for the long-term.

My clients learn to imbue their work with compassion to create strong leaders, thriving cultures, and winning brands.

Are you ready to see how high your organization can climb when it’s supercharged by empathy? And how your people can engage and perform beyond your wildest expectations?

Maria brings nearly 30 years of empathy-led leadership, business, and brand expertise. She has been a trusted advisor to hundreds of companies and brands, including massive global corporations, pioneering startups, and heart-centered nonprofits.

In her engaging workshops and mindset-shifting presentations she offers actionable strategies to amplify impact, and explains how compassionate business tactics will transform organizations from the inside out.

Maria can help if…

  • You want to cultivate integrity in your leadership, business, culture, and brand.
  • You want to create a business that makes a significant difference in the world.
  • You want to craft empathetic brand stories to better engage and connect.
  • You want to leverage your compassionate culture to attract and retain top talent.
  • You want to make the world a better place while still turning a healthy profit.
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Conversations with leaders, changemakers, and those who challenge the status quo.

The Empathy Edge Podcast

  • Barbara Huelat: Empathy for Dementia Caregivers and Effective Interventions

    According to the NIH, an estimated 6.7M Americans 65+ are living with Alzheimer’s dementia. This number could grow to 13.8 million by 2060 barring the development of medical breakthroughs. Today, you’ll learn why dementia is not a disease, but a symptom, and what caregivers go through, experience, and need – especially from their managers and […]

The Empathy Edge Book

harnessing the value of compassion as an engine for success

Through Maria’s research, case studies, and practical advice you’ll discover how active compassion and cultivating an empathetic mindset can help you and your brand succeed.

Expert Insights from Maria

  • How to Measure Empathy
    How to Measure Empathy

    How can you measure empathy? This is the business question, isn’t it? Truth is: it’s difficult. But it’s achievable, or we wouldn’t see so much data around the benefits of empathetic leadership and culture on performance, engagement, innovation, and revenue! We CAN measure outcomes of empathetic leadership and culture, if we carefully calibrate what we…

  • How to Be More Decisive As a Leader
    How to Be More Decisive As a Leader

    Decisiveness is the fourth of the five pillars in my upcoming book, The Empathy Dilemma: How Success Leaders Balance Performance, People, and Personal Boundaries. What are the Five Pillars of Effective Empathetic Leadership? These are common traits and behaviors seen over and over again in the successful empathetic leaders I interview, speak to, and advise.…

  • Shift Your Marketing Mindset
    Shift Your Marketing Mindset

    I want you to shift your thinking.  I want you to shift your thinking about promoting and marketing your valuable work.  What you do is valuable. It enhances people’s lives. It enhances their work whether you sell B2B or B2C, and you know it.  So if you are not excited when talking about your business,…

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