Martha guides and accompanies her clients as they learn to name, claim, and invest in their talents so that they can develop and aim their strengths toward achieving their personal and/or team goals. Martha coaches individuals and teams, facilitates strengths development group processes for college campuses, organizations, and churches, develops and writes seminar materials for young adult students, and teaches facilitators how to facilitate small strengths groups in faith settings.
Martha studied sociology, accounting, and business law in college, passed the CPA exam, and worked as a nonprofit accountant. Working as an accountant and volunteering in her community, she learned to value the talents of the people working with her. She became aware of the need for businesses and volunteer organizations to offer more opportunities for personal and team strengths development.
Martha went on to earn her Masters of Arts Degree from Saint John’s University in Minnesota. While working on her master’s degree, she attended several Gallup trainings and integrated strengths philosophy with her graduate work. She now uses her education, Gallup training, and career and volunteer experiences as she provides strengths development opportunities to individuals and organizations.
Martha is passionate about her work as a strengths coach and facilitator because strengths development is grounded in positive psychology – what is right with people! Strengths development starts with
I but leads to
We and equips people to grow in their ability to use their strengths to contribute, participate, and partner well with others at work, at school, at home, and in their communities. Martha encourages her clients to also inspire others to embrace and develop their natural talents and strengths. She coaches her clients to leverage their strengths and maximize organizational members’ collective talents and strengths to meet team and organizational goals.