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Mary Christensen

Mary Christensen

Current Organization and Position:

Co-founder and CEO, Experienced Resources. Experienced Resources provides health care organizations immediate leadership support to accomplish mission critical work. We achieve this by carefully matching the client’s needs to our team of experienced leaders and supporting the engagement from start to finish.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support the Experienced Resources team in ensuring we deliver consistent, predictable top and bottom line results.
  • Set strategic direction for the organization.
  • Shape and model the Experienced Resources’ culture.
  • Make, manage, and fulfill my personal commitments.
  • Manage the social impact our organization makes in the community.

Have you ever had a mentor? How did he/she help you most?
There are several mentors throughout my life who have influenced my personal and professional development. However, had it not been for one person, Experienced Resources would not exist today. This particular individual was in my life at a time when I was contemplating a significant change in my career. I was searching for a way to have a broader, social impact. Through their encouragement, guidance and support, I gained the confidence to start my own business — a business that would also fulfill my desire to impact the world around me.

What is the best career advice you’ve received?
Early in my career, I was approached by a successful female leader who encouraged me to apply for a position one level up from my role at the time. Although flattered by her encouragement, I couldn’t quite understand what she saw in me nor how that move would have such an impact on my future career. I learned that one of the best development methods is to have a peer or superior who can offer feedback and encouragement.

What support do you need now to evolve your development as a leader?
For Experienced Resources to evolve and grow, I must develop and expand my own leadership abilities. My first step was to engage an executive coach. I now rely on my coach to support — and challenge — me to grow both personally and professionally.

How do you want to support other women in their leadership journey?
Given my career path and experience, I feel best suited to mentor women leaders who are at a stage in their careers where they are either contemplating a significant career change, or perhaps considering striking out on their own as an entrepreneur.

What is something that not many people know about you?
I absolutely love to dance. Often I will be the first on the dance floor. I attribute my love for dancing to my childhood, growing up in a home with older siblings who listened to a variety of music and were musically inclined. I have two sisters who sing and a brother who sings and plays guitar. Growing up, we would follow my brother wherever he was performing and spend the evening listening and dancing to his music.

Any words of wisdom to live by?
Take care of yourself; no one else will do that for you. As women leaders, we tend to put our personal health and well-being second. Make a commitment to schedule time for yourself each and every week. In doing so, you will benefit as will others in your life.

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