Surviving Leadership is the result of endless conversations I’ve been lucky enough to have with countless talented, committed, and at times, frustrated, colleagues.

In every team (be it business or otherwise), leadership has an impact. And wouldn’t it be great if this impact could be positive? Or, at the very least, we would have a chance to learn from it?

I’m a curious person who loves to learn new stuff – I hope you are, too.

Please note: none of the opinions expressed here are those of any of my present or past employers. I use this site to share my experiences and what I learned – not to throw anyone or any company under the bus.  LET ME BE CLEAR – these thoughts are my own.


“Official” Biography

mary_faulknerMary is a talent strategist and business leader with over 15 years experience in helping organizations achieve their goals.  After working on the Operations side of start-ups and small companies, Mary landed in HR by way of learning and development, with extensive experience in leadership and organizational development, coaching, key talent planning, performance management, business partnering, HRIS, process and policy creation, and instructional design.

Mary has worked in a number of industries and companies, from privately held small start-ups through global publicly traded corporations. She has held jobs of increasing responsibility throughout her career, both as a people manager and a key member of project teams tackling some of the challenges of a business going through massive change.

In addition to her work within companies, Mary authors a leadership development blog (survivingleadership.wordpress.com) to continue the dialogue around the challenges of leadership – both being a leader AND being led.

Mary is also the co-chair of the Denver chapter of DisruptHR – a different way to think about people and networking.

10 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Mary, we’re a Denver org. effectiveness firm. I’d like to invite you to an Accountability and Coaching Lab we’re hosting next month. What’s the best way to engage with you?

    thanks in advance

    Kevin Smith

  2. Hello Mary: I’m a styles reporter with The Wall Street Journal. I’m working on a features story and would like to interview over the phone for it. Please email me at ray.smith@wsj.com for more details. Thank you in advance.

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