Dr. Mary Hemphill is a leadership expert & development coach, K-16 educator & administrator, author, & motivational speaker. With over 19 years of professional experience as a teacher, administrator, state director, & adjunct professor, Mary understands the importance of fusing education, empowerment, & leadership together as she works with learning & working communities & speaks to audiences across the country. She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, & has led, coached, & impacted close to 45,000 educational and corporate leaders around the world on transformational & innovative strategy, self-empowerment, & leadership development. Mary is the proud CEO & Founder of The Limitless Leader LLCTM, a full-service leadership coaching and consulting firm that helps individuals ignite the leader in themselves so they can better serve their community, company, and personal career. Through coaching, consulting, workshops, and keynotes aimed at corporate and educational leaders, Dr. Hemphill guides you on a step-by-step journey to harnessing your limitless potential!
Through her former roles as North Carolina’s first state director of Computer Science & Technology Education, Director of Academics, & Chief Academic Officer, Mary is adept at working with leaders at every level to leverage support & leadership around strategic initiatives and programming as well as helping leaders navigate change management. Mary was named Regional Principal of the Year for the Sandhills Region of North Carolina for her transformational work in school turnaround and reform. Mary was selected as a 2021 School Ambassador Fellowship panelist by the US Department of Education to add her voice & expertise to the process of selecting ambassadors for the Department’s current administration.
Most recently, Mary was named one of the Top 100 Edtech Influencers of 2023-24 by Edtech Digest. This year’s cohort will serve as the leading body of voices and thought leaders who will help guide, shape, and direct not only the future of work but also set the example for what is possible in this future of tech.
Mary is the author of The One-Minute Meeting: Creating Student Stakeholders in Schools. The One-Minute Meeting teaches readers how to leverage a unique instructional practice called the One-Minute Meeting to authentically glean information from student leaders. Developed to inspire school & district leaders to fully engage with & empower their students, The One Minute Meeting is an exceptional resource for courses in school leadership & administration.
Mary believes that in order to show up in the world as our most authentic & powerful self, we must break through limiting beliefs that inhibit us from reaching the next level as transformational leaders. If we want to create opportunities & pathways that shift our world in a more positive direction, then we need young adults, learning communities, & organizations who are prepared to lead the movement!