About Mary Jane Mapes, Leadership Speaker & Executive Coach

Mary Jane Mapes, MA, CSP, is an award-winning communication and leadership expert. She believes success takes root to grow and prosper when people ignite greatness, first within themselves and then within others—all leading to a world class culture.

Mary Jane Mapes - Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach

A Better Way to Communicate & Cultivate Relationships

The residual effects of growing up in a 1200 square foot home with an an authoritative father, a deferring mother, and eight siblings all vying for attention sparked her interest in learning to communicate and cultivate great relationships. Hers was not a hostile family; they loved one another, and they had each other’s backs. But communication in her home was never easy.

Mary Jane had the gnawing feeling that there had to be a better way for loved ones to interact, and she was driven to discover it.

A Lesson Learned

At age 18, she lost her bid to become Miss Michigan after totally blowing the answer to her question before a live audience of over 2,000 people and a television audience of over a million. Though she didn’t go home with the crown, she did go home with the deepest sense of public humiliation she had ever experienced – and a vow to herself that something like that would never happen again.

When she went away to college, Mary Jane took every course imaginable that would force her to speak before others. She discovered a love and talent for speaking, but more importantly, she discovered a way she could take her passion for making to a difference to a larger stage.

Mary Jane Mapes Today

Mary Jane’s background and past experience, along with consistently being elevated into positions of leadership, served as the stepping stones to the life of passion and purpose she lives today.

Mary Jane is founder and president of The Aligned Leader Institute, a leadership development and executive coaching organization. Her experience and expertise in management, leadership, customer service, interpersonal relationships, and personal growth have made her a sought-after keynote speaker, seminar leader, and executive coach.

In addition, Mary Jane works with professionals who want to design, develop, and deliver winning presentations through her Learn to Speak Like a Professional training program.

Dynamic Speaker

Known for her powerful storytelling ability, Mary Jane transports her audience into the picture, leaving them with unforgettable insights into the dynamics of human relationships–the bedrock of true leadership.

Her infectious energy, humor, authenticity, and interaction with her audiences make Mary Jane a rare speaker and presenter whose messages are memorable for years to come.

You Can Teach a Pig to Sing- Mary Jane Mapes

Amazon Best-Selling Author

Mary Jane is author of numerous published articles, and three books: You CAN Teach a Pig to Sing – Create a Great Relationship with Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere, The Art of Fielding Questions with Finesse, and her soon-to-be-released book on leadership, Leaders Who Achieve Uncommon Success — 12 Women Who Did It.

She has also authored three ebooks, specifically written for a healthcare audience: Push Pause – How Healthcare Professionals Master Their Mind, Manage Emotions, and Conquer Stress; The Lone Wolf Gets Shot – How HC Workplace Relationships Equal Survival; and Scrub In – How to be a Positive Force in a Changing Healthcare Workplace.


  • CSP – Certified Speaking Professional
  • Member of National Speakers Association
  • One of only three recipients of the prestigious Charles Leadership Award granted by NSA-MI for outstanding leadership
  • Board/committee member of several local professional associations and non-profit organizations
  • Past president of the National Speakers Association – Michigan Chapter
  • Past President of Kalamazoo/Battle Creek ASTD
  • Distinguished Alumna – College of Communication, Western Michigan University
  • Has shared the stage with such notables as the late Art Linkletter and author Bernie Siegel
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Ignite the greatness in your organization. Contact Mary Jane today at (269) 324-1847.