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Member Spotlight: Mary Balistreri

Each month, SEWI-ATD turns the spotlight on an active member who has been visible in the chapter by attending events and participating in other ATD functions. We are proud to acknowledge the important work of our members, provide additional career exposure within the Talent Development community, and help you to get to know a colleague just a little bit better! If you are interested in nominating another member for the spotlight, contact our VP of Membership at membership@sewi-atd.org


Mary Balistreri

Title: Mindful Business Coach

Company: MBT- More Business Today


This month, we are pleased to feature


Mary Balistreri

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am the Mindful Business Coach at MBT More Business Today, a business I began in December 2020. I believe that strong relationships form the base for business, leadership, and courageous conversations about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Justice. I work with organizations, teams, and individuals using Conversational Intelligence (CIQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) to support them to improve through coaching and professional development consulting.

What attracted you to the field of Talent Development?

My greatest joy comes from helping people reach their potential and achieve their goals. This is was talent development is all about.

What prompted you to join SEWI-ATD?

 I was friends with Nathan Sheets for several years and reached out to him when I started my business. He suggested I join ATD. I had heard great things about SEWI-ATD from Nathan and others, so it did not take too much encouragement. 

In what ways have you been involved with the chapter?

I attend as many of the programs as I can. Additionally, I put together a four-part series “The 6 Cs of Inclusive Leadership” for the chapter. I brought in several of my colleagues in the DEIB&J space to join our discussions. It was a wonderful experience.

What is about the chapter that you enjoy most?

I enjoy meeting the people and hearing about their best practices, challenges, and aspirations.

What piece of advice would you offer to people coming into talent development?

Know your “why” first. What is your goal? Spend some time journaling about your aspirations and the impact you want to make on people and organizations. Self-awareness is the key to creating places of inclusion and belonging. It is important to create that space so that people are open to learning.

Favorite Blog or Podcast?

I am a member of MFF (Milwaukee Film Festival). My favorite podcast is Cinebuds during which they review movies.

What do you do for fun?

I love movies, gardening, cooking, and playing with my dogs and cats. 


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