My Story

mary4Mary Candice Shindler supports brave leaders and innovative executives who care deeply about the world to be who they really are and make their biggest impact – while leading a life they truly love.

Mary is the daughter of two entrepreneur parents. She grew up in the small, charming town of Charlottesville, Virginia, where she was homeschooled until college. In her youth, she vigorously pursued theater, acting, music and dance – and performed her first solo choreography when she was 11 years old. Mary graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy/Pre-Law from James Madison University. She got into environmental activism on campus, which led to her work in the youth climate movement, and eventually to coaching as a tool to support leaders to thrive.

Since then, Mary has devoted the past decade to providing pathways for changemakers, c-level executives, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit professionals to develop the leadership capacity needed to create the change they want to see in the world.

Mary started her first business at age 24. She has founded many nonprofits including Young Women’s Leadership leading programs in Bali, Indonesia and California, the first Sierra Club youth delegation to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in 2009, a youth green entrepreneurship incubator in Oakland, and Coaching for Social Change, a national organization which has trained hundreds of leaders across the country. Before that, she served as the Managing Director of Dancing Freedom for 4 years.

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Mary works with private clients and organizations on program design, leadership development and culture. She launched a series of Business Bootcamp workshops along with one of GE’s top consultants for social change entrepreneurs, worked as an Associate Consultant for The People Piece, helping companies harness the emotional intelligence of their managers. She most recently worked with Everwise, a Sequoia-backed startup in San Francisco, to build and scale the EverwiseWomen program. She is currently designing Learning & Development programs for LinkedIn.




Mary has over 6 years and 750+ hours of experience as a professional coach. She completed a rigorous year-long certification program with the Academy for Coaching Excellence (ACE), an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) with the International Coaches Federation (ICF).  Mary is a WakeUp Facilitator with Generation Waking Up. Since 2011, she has led trainings from 5 to 500 young people from all over the world. Mary has worked with companies and non-profit organizations such as the United Nations,, Brower Youth Awards, Bioneers, Bay Area Video Coalition, California Student Sustainability Coalition, Bali Institute for Global Renewal, CoFED, Dancing Freedom, Energy Action Coalition, Power Shift, and more. She’s the co-founder of Coaching for Social Change. Mary has danced since she could walk and has practiced yoga for over 18 years.

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