COO & President
Mary Kloehn is an entrepreneurial business owner and corporate executive. Mary currently serves as COO and President of Navigate Forward, which she co-founded with partner Teresa Daly. Mary’s previous experiences include President of IKS, a human performance consulting firm and Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Midwest Region of Right Management Consultants, a global executive transition firm, owned by Manpower, Inc. Earlier in her career, Mary served as VP on the senior leadership team for Career Dynamics, worked for the CIA in Washington DC and Latin America, and was VP of operations at Regis Corporation. At Navigate Forward, Mary is the practice leader for Board Readiness and leads operations and consulting services.
Mary is known for operational excellence and respected for her ability to coach senior level executives. Navigate Forward clients appreciate Mary’s practical insights, straight talk and keen sense of humor. Her penchant for candor has also resulted in work transitions for her, which she views as opportunities for adventure. She enjoys working with executives to help them shift paradigms and find smart solutions.
Giving back is a top priority for Mary. As a firm, Navigate Forward contributes over 4% of corporate revenue and provides a match for their consultants’ philanthropic contributions. Mary currently serves on the board of the American Red Cross and is on the board of the Cookie Cart. Past non-profit board service includes Board Chair of Junior Achievement, past President of the Women’s Rotary, Member of the Governance Committee for the Women’s Foundation and Board Member for the YWCA. Mary has also been a mentor through Menttium and the MN School/Business Partnership.
Outside of work, you’re likely to see Mary in Cabo San Lucas, and points beyond. Travel, cooking and golf are some of her favorite diversions, and a perfect day would include conversation and people watching in an open-air cafe. In her hometown of Casper, Wyoming, her Greek parents taught her to enjoy life, and she works to take that lesson to heart every day.
In her work with clients, Mary and her team of consultants are motivated to make the most of any situation and live with passion.