Mary Poffenroth

Biopsychologist & San Jose State University Faculty

Build Your Better

Communicate Across Silos

Connect Diverse Thinkers

Collaborate Inclusively

Keynotes & Workshops That Move Ideas Into Action    
Get unstuck. Drive new results.  
Hi, I'm Mary.

I work with organizations whose competitive advantage is a robust idea pipeline and strong, diverse teams.   We’re a great fit if the following is true:


  • You need to create solutions to complex problems...fast! 

  • You have talented teams made up of diverse people who need to bond authentically and collaborate effectively.   

  • You want to leverage the full knowledge and contribution of every team member to explore and experiment.

Here’s where the struggle comes in:

Teams full of brilliant thinkers fail to transform ideas into solutions because they lack the skills to effectively communicate, collaborate, and connect.


It’s been over 20 years since I first began my science career at NASA, spending the last fourteen as STEM faculty for San Jose State University. As a lecturing scientist with specializations in communication, biology, & psychology, I’ve personally helped over 20,000 people translate their brilliance into actionable ideas and innovative solutions.


The breakthroughs happen by mixing strategic play and learning hacks so your team members can find solutions faster and communicate them more effectively.

1. Learn


Upskill your team using the latest from neuroscience & psychology to problem-solve & communicate more effectively

2. Apply


Next, your team will apply these new skills to the real challenges they’re currently facing in playful, immersive ways.

3. solve

Finally, they will create fresh solutions to those previously  impossible challenges with their new skills and perspectives


"With Mary's expertise and guidance, our executive team was able to discover deeper insights & experience value packed breakthroughs during our off-site using her methods."

Craig Allen

Chief Creative Officer


Fast Company's Most Innovative 2021


“Mary got us unstuck and quickly moving through the frustrating barriers that kept us going in never-ending circles. We began to talk to one another instead of just talking over each other."

Ryan Bond

Director of Digital



“Mary gave me the courage & tools to break through the noise to make big, positive changes, in both my personal and professional life.”

Carolyn Thielman

Executive Director, Global Finance & Strategy

Estée Lauder Companies

  • Create a culture where people innovate through their own learning style. 

  • Learn how to tap you're your own hidden knowledge.

  • Develop fresh insights into tough issues.

  • Supercharge authentic team bonding

  • Breakthrough cross-organizational silos

  • Accelerate effective communication and collaboration

  • Build a shared commitment to goals and visions through 

  • Upskill the most in-demand soft skills: communication, creativity, adaptability, and collaboration

  • Transform challenges into actionable solutions

Authentic inclusion


team bonding

Supercharged communication and collaboration

Better solutions leading to new revenue and higher profitability 

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“life changing revelations”


– TIME Magazine

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