Maria Ross She/Her

TEDxSpeaker, Keynotes, Workshops, Leadership Training, Brand Advisory, Author & Podcast Host, The Empathy Edge.

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Maria Ross is a speaker, leadership trainer, author, and empathy advocate who believes cash flow, creativity, and compassion are not mutually exclusive. She’s spent decades helping forward-thinking leaders and teams connect and engage through empathy to accelerate growth and impact. Maria has authored multiple books, including her most recent, The Empathy Edge and hosts The Empathy Edge podcast.

Maria understands the power of empathy on a personal level: In 2008, shortly after launching her business, she suffered a near-fatal ruptured brain aneurysm and inspired her memoir, Rebooting My Brain.

Her next book The Empathy Dilemma: How Successful Leaders Balance Performance, People, and Personal Boundaries, arrives Fall 2024. Maria has appeared in many prominent media outlets, including MSNBC, NPR,, ABC News, Entrepreneur and Thrive Global. She has spoken at companies and conferences ranging from TEDx to the 3% Conference. Her writing has appeared in, Newsweek, and Huffington Post. Maria lives in Pacifica, California with her husband and young son and speaks worldwide.

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