Mary Beth Lepkowsky

Lead of HSA USA – California

“There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” ~Margaret Wheatley
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About Me

Mary Beth has 30 years of experience providing leadership training and organizational development, coaching, facilitation, and technical assistance to teams and organizations within education, health, and social services. She has developed and delivered training to thousands of people in various in-person and distance learning settings. Mary Beth enjoys working with aspiring and experienced leaders who are discovering or redefining their relationship with people, purpose, passion, and power.  She’s currently focused on bringing remote, agile coaching methods to organizations and building greater trust and autonomy in teams through person-centered practices, self-management, and holacracy. She holds an M.Ed, and is a Person-Centered Thinking Mentor Trainer credentialed by the Learning Community for Person Centered Practices, and a PROSCI Change Management Practitioner.

What others like and admire about me

  • Considerate, kind-hearted, and supportive
  • Respected leader and strong team builder
  • Visionary, strategic thinker, innovator
  • Catalyst for person-centered change

What’s important to me

  • To work alongside individuals and organizations to build capacity for person-centered practices, resulting in high-performing teams, healthy families, and vibrant, inclusive communities.
  • To have time with my family on weekend nights as often as possible, and enjoy dinner with my husband at our favorite restaurant a few times each month.
  • To be able to work independently as well as with a team that is committed to thinking, planning, and learning together; to feel connected to the international team.
  • To engage in strategic thinking and explore new possibilities.
  • To always be learning and have creative projects in development; to help develop resources for US organizations and know that my efforts are making a difference.
  • To have my iPhone charged and nearby to access my calendar, email, music, and files.
  • To sing in a community choral group and volunteer for local senior centers.
  • To focus on wellbeing by practicing yoga several mornings each week and making time for long walks, especially in wooded areas or by the ocean.

How best to support me

  • Include me in big picture discussions about vision, strategy, and action plans. Fill me in on the purpose, the desired outcomes, and the progress to date on a project before exploring next steps.
  • Be clear with due dates, I work well with the positive pressure of deadlines. And I can give you my best work when I’ve had a chance to “sleep on it” and consider multiple perspectives.
  • I’m frequently out of the office or have my phone “off” during meetings and training so email or text is the best way to reach me. Scheduling a call works too.
  • I really appreciate being invited to join group activities, although I may not always say yes. Don’t take it personally, I am reenergized by having time alone, but please keep asking, that helps me stay connected.
  • When working together, I really appreciate having an agenda with desired outcomes that lead to clearly defined action steps.