Maria Ross is a speaker, brand strategist, and author who believes that cash flow, creativity and compassion are not mutually exclusive. She is the founder of Red Slice, a consultancy that advises entrepreneurs, startups, and fast-growth businesses on how to craft an irresistible brand story and authentically connect with customers. Maria is a keynote speaker on both business and inspirational topics, who regularly speaks to audiences on crafting an engaging brand story that drives growth and impact. She is the author of the forthcoming book The Empathy Edge,: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success (A Playbook for Brands, Leaders, and Teams), as well as Branding Basics for Small Business and The Juicy Guide Series for Entrepreneurs.
Maria started her career as a management consultant with Accenture and went on to build marketing and brand strategies for multiple companies, including Discovery Communications, Monster.com, BusinessObjects (now SAP) and other startups and technology leaders, before starting her own business. As a brand strategist, she has worked with brands such as Microsoft, Dropbox, Alteryx, Talemetry, and GSK, as well as many smaller leaders, non-profits, and entrepreneurs in niche industries. Maria has been featured in numerous media outlets, including MSNBC, Entrepreneur, ABCNews.com and Forbes.com and has written for such outlets as The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com, Seattle Business, Columbus CEO, Life By Me, and MarketingProfs.
Maria understands the power of empathy at both a brand and personal level: in 2008, six months after launching her business, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm that almost killed her. Her humorous and heartfelt memoir about surviving this health crisis, Rebooting My Brain, has received worldwide praise.
Maria lives with her husband, young son, and precocious black lab mutt in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys hiking, CrossFit, red wine, and trivia games. Formerly a professional child actress, she occasionally dabbles in independent theatre and film, as well as voice-over work. Maria truly believes that storytelling has the power to heal, inspire and connect us all.
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