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Mary Vargas

Founder, Achieve Consulting Group

Exec coach, strategic thinker, creative designer and implementer, I can help you develop awareness and understand your impact as a leader

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Who I am: Expert organization effectiveness consultant with over 20 years of experience in multiple industries, focused on organization development, strategic planning, leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, communication design and implementation

What I do: Focus on the people side of business; help you paint the big picture (strategy, analysis, needs assessment, process) and step into that picture to make the details come to life (tactics, plans, and details); help you develop high-performing teams connected to business results to support and implement your strategic mission and vision

Value I deliver: Deep skill in leadership and team development tied directly to work process innovation and results. Unique ability to talk to almost anyone, create rapport, identify salient issues, create a plan, and provide tools for implementation. Inclusive style matched with ability to make decisions and run with the ball.

Philosophy and tools: Generative, building on core strength and passion; focus on the facts while drawing on creative options; choose/create/build the right solution based on past experience or focused research; pictures and color are often more effective and inclusive than the usual report. Continual learning propels us to the future.

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Achieve Consulting Group
April 2002 - present

We make a promise Consulting, coaching, and experiential workshops that create a shift, moving beyond the conceptual to application. We are passionate about people, and have an unwavering belief that each of us has something unique to offer the world. We are committed to working in partnership with our clients, with the goal of working ourselves out of a job. When we’ve done our job well, you don’t need us any more.


Principal, Sr. Consultant

Cope & Associates
July 2006 - May 2010

Leader at a small consulting firm:  Focus on strategy, change, and organization development; worked with executives and their designees on a wide range of organizational issues; led both internal and client teams to build capacity.


American Management Systems (now CGI)
August 1995 - April 2002

Led organizational effectiveness, change, and communications work for large, custom technology implementation projects.


Georgetown University - The McDonough School of Business

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
1992 - 1994

Member of the first Students for Responsible Business planning committee (now called Net Impact)

St. Lawrence University

Bachelor's Degree
1983 - 1987

French, Political Science, Cum Laude

Diploma of French Business, with Honors

Student Against Multiple Sclerocis

International Residence Coordinator

French Tutor

Varsity Squash Team



English French


Barrett Values Center, CTT Level II

Barrett Values Center
March 2015 - present

LIFO Process Communication Facilitator and Master Trainer

The Schutz Company
February 2008 - present

Emily Post Business Etiquette Trainer

Emily Post Institute
September 2008 - present

Certified Future Search Facilitator

Future Search Network
June 2007 - present

Peer Support/Counseling

County of San Mateo, CA
March 2010 - present

Drexler-Sibbitt Team Building Coach

January 1997 - present

Appreciative Inquiry (with Cooperrider and Barrett)

David Cooperrider and Frank Barrett
May 2004 - present


Director, also served on the Risk and Corporate Resources Committees

Northern Community Investment Corporation (Economic Empowerment)
March 2005 - October 2008

Community and economic development for the three northern most counties in each New Hampshire and Vermont


Grace Cathedral
October 2012 - October 2014

Standing Committee, two of my four years as President

Diocese of California
April 2011 - October 2015

Elected position; the Standing Committee is the Council to the Bishop for the Diocese of California

Executive Coach

Good Samaritan Family Resource Center (Social Services)
January 2011 - January 2012

5/20/2016 5:17:51 PM,
Mary Vargas replied:

I consult with all sorts of organizations - from individuals to teams to large organizations.  It really depends upon the need.  Coaching is generally individual; a large organizational redesign might involve 1,000 people.