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Mary Beth Ray, PCC, JD


Mary Beth is an executive coach who brings clients the best of a 30-year career leading nonprofits, practicing law, and managing teams. Mary Beth challenges and inspires clients to deepen self-awareness and strengthen emotional intelligence leading to growth, empowerment, fulfillment, successful teams and great leadership.


Coaching changed Mary Beth’s life, and she wants to bring that deeper level of self-awareness, perspective shift, and alignment to others. Her warmth and open presence create a safe environment where her insightful questions challenge and inspire. Clients appreciate her balance of support and drive for action. She is an agile learner, with a passion for results, eager to help clients lean into strengths, and replace confusion with clarity and confidence. She coaches both individuals and teams to help them define a vision, move from vision to action, and broker solutions with varied constituents along the way. She has experience in how to apply principles of diversity, equity and inclusion to attain sustainable results.


Mary Beth coaches leaders and teams on leadership, communication, and growth.  She mentors coaching students in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance at American University, Rutgers University, AdventHealth, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology, through Heidrick & Struggles in Washington, DC.  Mary Beth works with a variety of clients including government, nonprofit, corporate, university, and individuals. In 2012, she was elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for the largest ANC district in DC, where she served two terms, cofounded and served as president of Van Ness Main Street.

Educational Background and Certifications

Mary Beth graduated from Vanderbilt University and LSU law school. She practiced law in Hong Kong (Exxon Chemical and Hyatt International), Louisiana (Davenport, Files & Kelly), and Washington, DC (MCI Communications Corporation). She is PCC-certified with the International Coach Federation (ICF). She serves on the Board of Directors of ICF Metro DC, the largest local chapter worldwide, where she co-chairs the Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.  She is certified in individual and team assessments that provide powerful insight to clients including DISC, Driving Forces and EQ, through TTISI. 

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