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Mary Pat Knight 
CEO- Leaders Inspired / 

Mary Pat Knight is a globally recognized speaker, author, coach, and consultant who is on a mission to create more humanized leaders inside workplaces worldwide. Known for her ability to cut through corporate drama to create laser focus for powerful business and personal results, Mary Pat is the CEO and Founder of Leaders Inspired, a global training and development firm dedicated to personal and leadership transformation.

With over 30 years of experience in executive leadership positions in marketing, operations, strategic planning, human resources, management and employee development, and executive coaching, Mary Pat has held Director, Vice President, President, and Chief Operating Officer roles at multimillion-dollar companies. Her extensive experience has taught her the importance of organizations building engagement and retention by supporting leaders to show up as their most authentic selves, build strong relationships with those they lead, and create cultures of accountability.

Mary Pat is the author of The Humanized Leader, which is based on her simple yet powerful “Leadership Mastery” signature system that she practiced and perfected for 15 years while training, coaching, and mentoring thousands of corporate leaders to improve their emotional intelligence and become more effective leaders. Her customized leadership development programs have transformed teams, inspired senior leaders, and improved the performance of corporate executives at renowned organizations like BP, the U.S. Marines, MasterCard, Northwestern Mutual, Brinker International, the National Restaurant Association, and the Conference for Companies Running on EOSTM.

Mary Pat's first career as an actress provided valuable insights into how people think and act, and her experiences as the oldest child/grandchild/niece/cousin in a second-generation immigrant Irish family and raising her three now-adult children as a single parent have taught her a tremendous amount about communication and leadership. Mary Pat calls Chicago home and is dedicated to developing more humanized leaders in workplaces all over the world.

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