maria stevens - director of client services

Maria brings over 25 years of professional experience and expertise in organizational consulting and leadership development to Connect the Dots. She works extensively with executives and senior leaders on their key leadership, talent, and organizational issues. Maria has served clients across many industries including healthcare, professional services, and commercial products manufacturing.

Maria is an executive coach, trainer, and facilitator. She is an experienced instructional designer creating leadership programs and IP for several fortune 1000 companies. Maria leverages a robust background in assessments and certifications to provide her clients with innovative and creative learning solutions. Her areas of expertise include teambuilding, communication, emotional intelligence, and employee wellness. Maria is a highly sought-after expert in her work with clients and partners.

Prior to her work in organizational consulting and leadership development, Maria was responsible for managing and developing global client relationships at Dun & Bradstreet. She was one of the first web-based trainers to deliver virtual training across the company’s new product platform in 2007. Maria was also an instructor in Communication Studies at Kent State University while she pursued and completed her master’s degree.

Her career distinctions include growing leaders and businesses as a Vistage Chair, delivering executive coaching and team leadership development as a Senior Consultant with the telos institute, providing leadership classes as a certified John Maxwell Coach/Trainer, and developing customized strategic plans as a Certified StratOp Facilitator. Maria also holds additional certifications in Predictive Index, DiSC and the full suite of leadership assessments by MRG.

She is the Chairperson of Membership for the Spano foundation; a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the lives of individuals and families in need based in Youngstown, Ohio.

Maria received her bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

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Our team-connect Survey Process


We start with thoughtfully diagnosing the team’s current culture by using available data, assessments and interviews.

This provides the team leader with a clear view of what is getting in the way of the team’s success.

We design a series of structured team sessions that:

  • Share the team culture analysis
  • Give team members the opportunity to talk through both processes and behaviors that need to be addressed
  • Productively provide feedback to one another
  • Develop both team and individual commitments that will lead to the team’s desired state


Measure progress by leveraging CTD’s team-connect Survey to:

  • Drive accountability and measure progress by collecting team feedback specific to one another’s engagement and behavioral change
  • Provide the team’s leader with a clear understanding of what he/she and the team need from each other to enable and support the team’s success
  • Share team and individual survey result reports