Maria Montgomery

Author, Coach, and Trainer | Technology Engagement Manager at UniSuper

Maria is a highly regarded leader, recognised author, coach, trainer, and facilitator with a track record of success in guiding and mentoring a multitude of individuals to enhance their skills for higher performance. Since 2014, Maria has been running results-driven mentorship programs tailored to individual and team needs, fostering significant growth and development.

In addition to her coaching expertise, Maria is an accomplished author and passionate speaker, actively contributing to the Medium publication with a focus on leadership and personal development. Her thought-provoking insights and practical advice resonate with readers seeking to excel in their professional and personal lives.

Maria’s extensive credentials include being a Certified Professional Coach (MCPC), Certified Professional Life Coach (CPC), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) practitioner, holding a degree in Business IT, and a masters in accounting. Furthermore, Maria is certified in the Agile Analysis Certification – IIBA, demonstrating her proficiency in agile business analysis practices.

With a wealth of experience leading challenging and complex business transformations, coupled with her entrepreneurial background, Maria possesses the in-depth knowledge and expertise to guide and support individuals and teams in achieving their goals. Her holistic approach, combined with her strong analytical skills, ensures that clients receive comprehensive and tailored guidance throughout their journeys.

At the age of 15, Maria embarked on a significant journey by migrating with her family from Serbia to a foreign country. Despite not knowing a word of English, she swiftly adapted to a new way of life, overcoming the challenges that come with relocating to an entirely different cultural and linguistic environment. Throughout this transition, Maria encountered incredible individuals who provided invaluable support and guidance.

Motivated by her deep-seated desire to assist individuals and organisations, Maria thrives on tackling complex problems and uncovering innovative approaches to work. Over the years, she has had the privilege of working in a diverse range of large and medium-sized organisations that exhibit rapid growth, allowing her to gain extensive experience and expertise.

Outside of her professional endeavours, Maria faces the ongoing joys and challenges of motherhood, skilfully managing the responsibilities that come with raising her 19-year-old daughter and 22-year-old son. Balancing the demands of work and family, she embraces the ever-evolving journey of being a dedicated mother.

Presentation: Your Career. Plan it, Own it, Live it… ahhh the paradox, the contradiction, the irony

There was a billboard in downtown Toronto once spotted whilst on IIBA business
“In every career there are 1,645 Mondays. Enjoy more of them”.
Perhaps it is a mindset shift to be more positive. That must be it – a positive mindset ! Say the words and it is done. Oh, if only it were that simple.

We are often reminded to take ownership of our own career. The paradox is we often join organisations on the promise the employer develops our career.
We are often reminded to take time out to focus on career. The contradiction is we are assigned demanding deadlines. Afterall if you want a job done, give it to a busy person – right?
We are often reminded to challenge ourselves and try new things. The irony is we are often ‘rewarded’ for getting a good outcome by being asked to replicate it again and again and again…

What is the role of our managers and leaders? What is our role?
What does the literature say? What is your experience?
Join the Contradiction Crusaders – Maria and Michael – as they crush the contradictions and craft your career plan LIVE on stage. Yes…LIVE and in real time !