As a change leader, I am focused on raising the game of how change sponsors and executives lead and drive successful change and transformation initiatives
Engaged Change LLC Founder and Principal Consultant, Maria Darby, is a passionate change leadership consultant focused on raising the game of how change sponsors and executives lead and drive successful change and transformation initiatives. Maria founded Engaged Change after a 30+ year career in the consulting industry where she served as an executive leader in the areas of change management and strategic communications across a diverse set of industries in the public and private sectors. Maria was an Executive Vice President/Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led the Firm’s change management capability and client change and transformation engagements across multiple markets. Maria also served as a leader in the Firm’s Strategic Innovation Group where she drove the Firm’s Innovation Blueprint across the enterprise, and supported multiple internal change and initiatives at the Firm’s leadership team level. Throughout her multiple consulting experiences, Maria has served as senior strategist, advisor and program leader across diverse change efforts involving organizational mergers and integration; innovation focus; digital transformation; and culture change. Across these engagements, Maria designs change strategies and manages implementation across multiple layers of the enterprise and emphasizes the sustained journey toward adoption and ownership. Maria’s work with change sponsors and executive-level change agents harnesses a deep understanding of both change management and leadership coaching to unlock change leadership excellence.
Maria served as the CEO of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), where she developed and drove ACMP’s multi-year Strategy and led ACMP’s external stakeholder relationships and strategic collaborations to evolve this professional association focused on advancing the practice of change management worldwide. Maria co-led a collaboration between Booz Allen and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business to develop and institutionalize graduate level change management education - Change Management Advanced Practitioner (CMAP) certificate program. Maria served on The Conference Board’s Change and Transformation Council where she contributed to change management thought leadership, and industry-wide collaboration on change management best practices and evolution – particularly around digital transformation. Maria focused on leadership development, including co-leading an award-winning Leadership Excellence Program for rising executives and an enterprise Women’s Agenda focused on women’s leadership development. She also served as an executive sponsor of a large-scale Women’s Forum and is active across efforts to mentor and develop future female leaders.
Areas of Focus
- Change Management
- Leadership Coaching
- Stakeholder Management
- Strategic Communications
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