Located in Chicago, Illinois

(312) 217-6257

1920 West

Executive Coaching, Public Speaking, Group Facilitation, Published Author


New workbook now available on amazon!!



Executive Coaching and Leadership Training

Transformative coaching based on each clients inherent skills and gifts.  Specializing in maximizing the time, talent and dreams of highly successful executive female clients, government officers and financial services professionals.


Customized programs to build teams, improve communication, and corporate planning. Certified in numerous assessment instruments.


Public Speaking

Addressing groups from ten to two hundred, engaging and provocative subjects that impact your careers and personal lives. Topics include:





Published Author

Mary Lou has authored two books. Her most recent book is a workbook developed from her work as a coach and her c-suite experience.  It has tools and exercises to help clients best utilize their talents and enjoy their lives. 

Her first book as co-authored with Don Trone and integrates the three subjects of leadership, stewardship and governance. It contains models, frameworks and real-life examples of leadership in action.  Inspiring leaders from the playground to the mountaintop, the boardroom and the battlefield to the hospital bedside. Leaders inspire a better world wherever they go.


Executive Experience

Mary Lou has 30 years of leadership experience working with Fortune 100 and Fortune 1000 companies. She has held leadership positions at Procter and Gamble and International Paper, and P&L, President, COO and board positions at for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. 

MBA and Certified Coach


Mary Lou holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Marketing and Organizational Behavior, and BA in Business Management and Economic, Cum Laude from North Carolina State University. She is a certified coach by the International Coaching Federation and is certified as a Professional Behaviors Analyst (CPBA) and Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA). 


COO of company that sold for $1B


“Mary Lou inspired me to reach new heights in my career.”


Director of Strategy, Major University

"I can't thank you enough.  I would have never negotiated this well if I had not been working with you."

Don Trone, entrepreneur and father of fiduciary

 “Mary Lou is soft when all I need is someone to talk to; a bulldog when what I really need is a kick in the pants.”


HR Director, Large Foundation

"Obviously, you are very good at what you do. Thank you for making our retreat a great success.  We are putting you in the budget for next year."

Family Office Executive

"As always, you provide me such good perspective. Thanks for giving me a sense of balance and the reminder about endurance and calm."

CEO, Privately Held Company

"Mary Lou’s work with C-Suite executives to entrepreneurs has given her an ability to keep dreamers on track, drive for results and build strong-confident leaders."

Contact Us

Happy to talk......

1920 West, LLC

Chicago, Illinois

(312) 217-6257