“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” ~ Dr. Seuss

My Background

My name is Mary Miller, and I am a coach.  I bring to my clients broad and varied life experiences and a reputation for being unfailingly honest. I pair my personal integrity with a calm, fearless sharing of opinions and knowledge as needed . . . even when my perspective is unconventional or diverges from prevailing paradigms. Although the phrase is a bit worn, I “walk my talk” in my life and in my coaching work. And, I ask my clients to do the same.

stack of rocksI am an attorney by training, with other jobs and careers along the way to launching my coaching practice. My industry experience includes retailers, wholesalers, media, engineering firms, services, and non-profit organizations.  I have business cycle experience with  start-ups, growing multi-state/multi-site operations, and mature multi-generation, family companies. I worked for a number of years in human resources, both in-house and as a consultant. I have been affiliated with the University of Virginia as an adjunct professor. I have presented at conferences and events. I love writing and have been published in several places (Charlottesville Business Journal, Virginia Gardener, and a co-authored white paper for the Society for Human Resource Management entitled “Ethics & Generational Differences: Interplay Between Values and Ethical Business Decisions.”)

More Info About Who I Really Am

In no particular order, here are some other things you might want to know about me. A coaching relationship only works well when the coach and the client have a good connection, and I hope this gives you a sense of me personally.

I love animals and plants. Dogs and cats gravitate to me, even the shy ones. I have a Master Gardener certificate and I enjoy creating landscape designs for my friends.

I enjoy the freedom that comes from saying, “I don’t know.” One of the greatest things about coaching is that only you have the answers that are right for you, and I get to help you discover those answers.

I’ve lived in several states on both coasts of the US, including Maryland, California, and Oregon (and – despite what people think – L.A. is not the most laid-back place in this country). I need to be near large bodies of water to feel whole. I currently have two dogs, two cats, and one former husband.

I am passionate about sustainable agriculture, green buildings, and organic foods. I’m a gourmet cook. My favorite books tend to be non-fiction, although lately I’ve been reading lots of fiction. And, it makes me crazy when I see a person driving a high-performance car slowly in the left lane!

Formal Education & Training

Coach U & CoachInc.com
Graduate, Coach U Advanced Coaching Program, February 2012
Graduate, Coach U Core Essentials Fast Track Program, July 2009

Juris Doctor ~ Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California
December 1988

International and Comparative Law Journal, Editorial Board

Bachelor of Science ~ University of California in Los Angeles, California
December 1985

Major in Psychobiology, Minor in Women’s Studies

Professional Affiliations & Certifications

International Coach Federation
Member since March 2010
Associate Certified Coach (ACC) designation awarded in 2010

Society for Human Resource Management
Certified, Senior Professional in Human Resources, 2004 ~ current
Ethics Special Expertise Panel, appointed 2006 ~ 2009
Certified, Professional in Human Resources, 1998 ~ 2006

Oregon State Bar
Member since April 1991

State Bar of California
Member since June 1989

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
~ e.e. cummings