Maria Ross

Maria Ross

Author, consultant, storyteller: branding, business, inspiration
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Branding Basics: How to Create an Irresistible Brand on Any Budget
Work smarter, not harder. Discover the secrets of effective branding and how following some simple rules will ensure that all of your marketing and sales efforts are more targeted and effective than your competition. Brand is more than just a pretty logo and actually impacts your bottom line. It is your core promise, personality and value you deliver to customers. Branding effectively and connecting with customers isn’t about how much money you spend, but about how clearly and consistently you communicate the right message through everything you do. You’ll learn how to build a brand to inspire loyalty, increase sales, outrun your competition and make smarter marketing investments.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Branding: How to Avoid Eternal Stagnation
Forgive us: We know not what we do. Effective branding is within everyone’s grasp – from the largest companies to solopreneurs. But we make so many mistakes when we build a company because we are fighting short-term fires and not thinking about the proper targeted strategy that will reap exponential rewards in the long run. Learn how to avoid the Seven Deadly Branding Sins that most organizations commit so you can engage, inform, and delight your customers – and keep them coming back for more.

You, Inc: The Art + Science of Personal Branding
“Personal branding” seems to be the new buzzword but it’s really all about a concept that’s been around for generations: Reputation. Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to build a strong personal brand platform and how it is very much like crafting a company brand – with “you” as the product. In this session, you’ll learn what personal branding really means and how to build an authentic reputation that can grow and evolve over time. Discover intentional actions you can take to communicate effectively, amplify your strengths and increase your loyal tribe of devoted fans and champions.

Rebooting My Brain: Seven Ways a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life
Shortly after moving to a new city and starting her own business, Maria Ross was struck down with a brain aneurysm and hemorrhage at the age of 35. About 40% of people who havea ruptured aneurysm die as a result and 4 out of 7 will suffer disabilities. But Maria bounced back better and braver than ever. Doctors dubbed her recovery “miraculous” and after several healing months, she re-booted her brain and reframed her life – in many ways for the better. Since her injury, she’s written two books and gotten back to a thriving business again, but not without some powerful lessons learned along the way.

A Life Interrupted: The Importance of Patient and Family-Centered Care
Before patients end up in a bed in the hospital, they are active members of the community, out there living their lives. Maria Ross should know: she was struck down by a brain aneurysm at the age of 35 and her life screeched to a halt. Her recovery was amazing and she owes much of it to the Patient and Family Centered Care philosophy practiced at UW Medicine, which cared for her. In this talk, Maria reveals good – and not so good – examples of PFCC in action and how it contributed to her healing and health. She gives tips for medical providers and staff on how their actions, big and small, can affect patient outcomes and experience. You’ll learn powerful lessons from the patient point of view in a way you may never have expected that will change the way you interact, treat and care for patients.


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Storytelling is an art, but Maria Ross has it down to a science. As a consultant, writer and speaker, she is chief brand strategist and creator of Red Slice, a digital elixir of stories and strategies to boost your business, your brand and your brain. She revels in helping solopreneurs and leading-edge small to mid-sized companies translate captivating stories into irresistible brands. A dynamic speaker, Maria is highly sought-after to present business and inspirational keynotes and has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and in Entrepreneur, The LA Times, Seattle Business and Columbus CEO.

Proving that cash flow and creativity are not mutually exclusive, Maria is the author of two books: Branding Basics for Small Business, which received raves from best-selling authors and business owners and the humorous and heartfelt memoir and Amazon bestseller, Rebooting My Brain: How a Freak Aneurysm Reframed My Life.

Prior to founding Red Slice, she crafted branding and marketing strategies for Silicon Valley start-ups, global software firms, Internet companies, entertainment powerhouses and consumer businesses -- including Business Objects (an SAP company), Discovery Networks and – and created communication and training strategies for Fortune 1000 clients at Accenture.

A firm believer that with great success comes great responsibility, Maria donates her marketing expertise pro-bono to organizations like the Seattle Animal Shelter and supports the ASPCA, UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders. She also volunteers and speaks as a patient advocate for hospital networks and brain injury support groups.

Maria lives with her husband and their quirky Black Lab mix, Eddie, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Maria Ross was not only a true professional both on stage and leading up to the event, but a very down to earth person who makes you feel like you’ve known her forever- even when you’ve just met. You can’t beat it when someone is easy to work with and also gets rave reviews when up on stage!”
--Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce

“Maria is always a wonderful guest speaker. No matter the situation, whether presenting, speaking or providing support materials and resources, she’s always highly professional and informative. She’s become my go-to expert on the topic of branding, because I know she’ll deliver engaging and helpful content for my audience each and every time.”
--Rock Your Genius and Upstart Smart 

“Maria was our keynote speaker at a recent Wedding Network USA monthly meeting. She was able to inform our membership and guests on ways to work on our brand strategy through a series of questions to ask ourselves and to do it without spending a lot of money. Many of our members thought it was one of the best presentations they heard on the topic. If you have the chance, have Maria speak to your group, you will not be disappointed.”
--Wedding Network USA

“Maria Ross provided a patient testimonial in front of 500 UW Medicine leaders at a recent Leadership Institute training. Ms Ross was poised, articulate, and highly effective with her presentation. She made her experience come to life in a most impressive way. The segment received rave reviews and was considered the corner stone of this important 2-day session.”
--University of Washington Medical Center

“Maria was one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s speakers in our BizDev series. Maria puts on a lively and informative workshop that leaves the attendees with more than just tips but action items that can be implemented immediately. She was a joy to work with and I recommend her highly." Puget Sound Business Journal “I had the pleasure of working with Maria Ross, who was our guest speaker at Words @TheWoodmark. She is a true professional in every way and has a talent for demystifying branding to an audience."

“Maria is a favorite speaker at Ladies Who Launch events and always delights, educates and sends us home with practical actions to implement. Her most recent presentation, “Who’s your Audience?” skillfully engaged the entire audience in a participatory exercise that was illuminating and helped us focus our conversations with customers.”
--Ladies Who Launch

“Maria was a panelist at our Branding Inside Out event. Her content was relevant and impactful to the small business audience and she is an engaging speaker and presenter. The workshop was well received and evaluated ‘excellent’ by the audience. We enjoyed having Maria as our guest and look forward to opportunities to collaborate in future.”
--Savor the Success