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Mary Beth Robles

Mary Beth Robles

Wellington, New Zealand

Mary Beth believes that life is an adventure, and with that comes the promise of unknowns, risk taking, and failure. She provides support for leaders and their teams to see and grow their bigger selves by becoming more self-aware and more comfortable with uncertainty and risk, by cultivating vulnerability, resilience, and reflection as companions along the journey. Mary Beth’s fierce compassion for leaders combined with her own background as a global corporate executive makes her uniquely skilful as a coach, trusted advisor and consultant for complex change.

Mary Beth draws on her experience and learning from 30 years of progressive international leadership at Colgate Palmolive. She has lived and worked in New York, Mexico, Uruguay, Brazil and New Zealand and understands the complex dynamics of leading an organisation on the ground as Managing Director and also leading from the centre as a senior global corporate executive. She set up Colgate’s Global External Innovation effort as well as a framework for accelerating the company’s Innovation Capabilities. This included the creation and stewardship of cross-functional Action Learning Groups charged with accelerating Colgate’s co-design and product development with external partners. She served as Chair of Colgate’s Global Innovation Fund.

Mary Beth holds a BS in Spanish from Georgetown University, an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an MS in Organisation Development from American University. She trained as a coach with The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), expanded to relationship systems coaching with CRR Global, and more recently developmental coaching as a Growth Edge Coach with Cultivating Leadership. She works with clients using MBTI, Birkman, and The Leadership Circle. Mary Beth is also a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator in the work of Dr. Brené Brown.

New Zealand is home now and a great launch pad to the world.

Mary Beth is truly a remarkable individual and her coaching was invaluable. I learned to identify barriers to my own growth and fulfillment, to recognize what was truly important to me and where my passion is. She helped me harness my unique strengths to further my performance. I now see myself and others more objectively. I appreciate choice as leading to intention and possibility rather than right or wrong. Mary Beth has a keen understanding of human nature, is genuine and insightful. She is skilled at asking challenging questions and is direct yet tactful.

Senior Manager, Global Retailer