Having discovered facilitation over 15 years ago in her prior role as Business Systems Analyst, Mara now helps teams collaborate by teaching, facilitating and coaching agile principles, frameworks and practices. She uses her facilitation skills to help teams listen with empathy and create a shared understanding of and direction towards common goals. She has worked with corporate clients, non-profit boards and start-ups, facilitating project start-ups and retrospectives, employee engagement workshops, and strategic offsites. She creates the space and safety for everyone to be heard which leads to improved employee engagement and better commitment to session outcomes. Mara is an IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator, a past board member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), and with her client, a 2017 Gold winner of the Facilitation Impact Awards. An active and Distinguished Toastmaster, Mara believes in the power of conversation to help individuals find their voice and create a shared path to success.