B.S., Speech; M.A. Communication Arts and Sciences.
Mary Jane Mapes founded Mary Jane Mapes & Associates, a communication consulting firm in 1986, and for twenty-five years Mary Jane has been helping organizations develop their people. In 2002 Mary Jane changed the name of her organization to The Aligned Leader Institute to better reflect the work of her organization - leadership development and executive coaching.
Mary Jane has been in demand for her as a professional speaker, seminar leader, and executive coach both nationally and internationally. In addition, Mary Jane is the author of numerous CDs and learning albums and two books, The Art of Fielding Questions with Finesse, and her newest book titled, You CAN Teach a Pig to Sing – Create a Great Relationship...with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere.
She has been the recipient of several major awards in her career. In 1993 Mary Jane received the CSP (certified speaking professional) designation granted by the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation for excellence in speaking. Today is one of only 215 women in the world to have earned this designation. In 1996 she received the prestigious Charles Leadership Award granted by the National Speakers Association –Michigan Chapter for outstanding leadership, and is one of only three people to have ever received this award. She has served as past president of the National Speakers Association – Michigan Chapter, Past President of her local chapter of ASTD, and is the current President of PEAK – the Professional and Executive Association of Kalamazoo – an organization of female entrepreneurs and female business executives.
Mary Jane is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the National Speakers Association (NSA). The mother of two grown children, she lives in Portage, Michigan with her husband, Bill Wieringa. Together they are actively engaged in service to their church and number of local service organizations.