Mary Dwyer

Principal Facilitator, Founding Director

A modern leader who advocates new ideas based on a balance of kindness and strength.

Mary Dwyer is CEO of Impact Solutions International, specializing in Executive leadership development, conflict transformation and prevention with global, organizational and community experience. Over the past 10 years Mary has worked in 16 different countries with people from 44 different nationalities.

On the Myers Briggs Mary is an INTJ. INTJ’s make-up 2% of the population and are known as extraordinary problem solvers & practical futurists able to understand complex problems.

Impact Solutions International specializes in executive leadership development, conflict transformation and prevention. In the years since inception Impact Solutions International has explored and developed five key practices:

  1. We are highly skilled in working one-on-one with leaders at the highest levels of office including business, government, not-for-profit and spiritual leaders
  2. We build and develop high performing teams
  3. We work with large scale change especially when there are great challenges in organisations. Our work has included in supporting leaders from countries emerging out of armed conflict.
  4. We are the best in our field at developing highly effective, emotionally intelligent and conscious leaders.
  5. We are known for our large scale, whole of system community engagement processes.

Mary’s particular focus is developing the intellectual, emotional, and social/spiritual capacity of leaders and their organisations. Mary’s main area of current development is synthesizing over 26 years of contemporary leadership development and the ancient wisdom of the Masters, applying this to her work and her writing. Working with Mary has been described as doing an Emotional Intelligent Leadership MBA. Her coachees go from strength to strength in their defined areas of endeavour.

Mary views her work as a powerful instrument to promote positive, sustainable social development whether this be with an individual or with a country. Her personal commitment to researching wisdom in leadership means she leads from the principles of excellence, integrity, peace, love and compassion. She believes that loving kindness is a powerful and potent instrument for the transformation of global leadership and conflict.

Mary has travelled and studied with experts in the fields of education, psychology, conflict resolution, organisational change and leadership. Her study has included attendance at a selective International High Potential Leaders Program at Harvard University, and facilitating at the esteemed Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sweden in programs associated with the prevention and resolution of conflict. Mary has worked with senior leaders from the Military, World Bank, European Union, OECD and the United Nations to name but a few.

Since 2013 Mary has partnered with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Cambodia working to develop the leadership capacity of high level leaders, focusing on peace, in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines in particular. Her specific expertise is one-on-one Transformation Leadership work; developing the inner capacity of leaders.

Mary has worked with top level politicians, bureaucrats, diplomats, CEO’s, boards, executive teams, whole system organizational development teams and carefully selected, high potential, emerging leaders.

Recently, 2017, Mary has worked to support the rise of the Feminine Intelligence to leadership. This is leadership that actively includes values such as care, love, compassion and inclusion as a basis for decision making. To do this Mary supported Femme Q and the Flourish Initiative, based in the United Kingdom, to bring one of their hallmark programs, Leading with Grace and Resilience, to Australia. In addition Mary’s international reach continues to spread with co-facilitation with Dr. Tania Singer who until recently was the Head of the Neuroscience Department at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science in Leipzig; Germany’s hallmark scientific institution.

In 2018 Mary actively worked as the Global Director of Strategy for the Business Plan for Peace.Org. This work is far reaching and supports Dr. Scilla Elworthy. Scilla has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. In 2019 she will continue to be an active advocate for Dr. Elworthy’s work focusing on building peace building community initiatives.

Mary’s skill set is as a master facilitator/coach, with extensive knowledge of world class international contemporary leadership theory and practice. She has wide-ranging practical experience in designing, developing and delivering successful leadership, and large scale organisational change programs. Her focus is always on capacity building.

Impact Solutions International’s work, and Mary’s work in particular, has been acknowledged with several prestigious national awards.

With an uncanny ability to work with individuals and organisations on both the micro and macro level, Mary’s work is dynamic, inclusive, inspiring and has an extraordinary impact.

Her first career was as a nurse with post-graduate qualifications as a midwife. It was this work that gave her the empathic skills and commitment to encourage every human being to celebrate and honour life and to develop themselves to fulfill their potential. Mary remains committed to developing leaders because of their leveraged ability to influence large numbers of people.

Mary’s passions include a deep love and respect for people of all cultures, nature, and her family.

Mary is committed to “Making a Difference.’ She works in a volunteer capacity for Interplast, Australasia, and St Judes, Tanzania. In addition, she was a member of the International Advisory Committee to the Spirit of Humanity, a worldwide forum with a mandate to bring Fundamental Human Values to global levels of decision-making. She is currently an advocate and active leader of the work of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies in Asia, The Business Plan for Peace, United Kingdom and the Unyoke Leadership Foundation, South Africa as well as actively supporting local community development initiatives in her home state of Tasmania.

She is the author of the best-selling and now award winning teaching memoir, The Final Act of Grace, Live well. Love well. Die well.

For further information regarding Mary’s work please visit www.marycdwyer.com and www.impactsolutions.com.au

Memberships and qualifications

• Full Circle Group, Asia Pacific
• The Leadership Circle, Accredited Facilitator, Whole System Leadership Development Facilitator, Asia Pacific
• High Potential Leadership Program – Harvard University, USA
• Dialogue and Mediation Program – Sweden, Resource Facilitator
• Role of Economic Actors in Post War Conflict Prevention – Sweden, Resource Faciliator
• Process Work Leadership, World Work, Deep Dialogue and Conflict Resolution Programs – USA, Australia, Greece
• Art of Hosting – Collective Leadership, Australia
• The Flourish Inititaive, Femme EQ, Leading with Grace and Resilience – UK, Australia
• Master Facilitator, Master Trainer, Master Practitioner Time Line Therapy – USA, Australia
• International Trainer NLP, Master Practitioner NLP – USA, Australia
• Accredited Strength Deployment Inventory™ Facilitator
• Graduate – Anthony Robbins Mastery University, USA
• Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
• Member of American Board of Hypnotherapy
• Member of American Association Time Line Therapists
• Member – St. James Ethics Centre
• Former nurse and midwife