Mara B. Vernon is a certified leadership coach, facilitator, and consultant who has spent more than 20 years in leadership and development roles in corporate and higher education industries. Her roles ranged from director of training, to director of operations, to director of career & alumni services, to leadership coach. She is passionate about empowering others to consciously live the lives they desire.
Mara launched Ripp Leadership LLC, which embodies her life purpose, to radiantly illuminate passionate possibilities, in 2013.
Mara is certified in emotional intelligence, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through The Coaches Training Institute and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF) with more than 2,800 hours of coaching. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown including curriculum for both The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong. Mara is also a Strengths Mentor and Advisor through Gallup, and a What Motivates Me Certified Consultant through The Culture Works.
Mara is also an authorized partner and certified facilitator for DiSC, a behavioral assessment designed to increase communication and relational effectiveness, and an authorized partner and certified facilitator for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. Mara holds a master’s in communication studies from UNLV where she taught interpersonal communication and speech , a bachelor’s in journalism from Northern Arizona University (Go Lumberjacks) where she taught photography and photojournalism, and trained in coaching and leadership through the Coaches Training Institute.
Mara is active in her community through recreation and volunteerism with The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s where she is a member of the Victory Crew, The Humanitarian Coaching Network where she coaches humanitarian and development leaders globally as a volunteer, and Habitat for Humanity where she spent years training other volunteers in coaching skills and where she’s built locally and internationally in Guatemala. Mara is always looking for opportunities to leverage her talents with organizations to make a difference in the world.
Mara loves spending adventuring with her dog Milo, family and friends: hiking, camping, cycling, skiing, and exploring the Rocky Mountains and beyond. She’s a photographer and loves being out in Colorado or the world with her camera capturing the feeling and moments that make life amazing. Mara has been in every state in the United States as well as over 30 countries.