Board of Trustees

MARY E. BANKS (1980)

Mary Banks is an executive coach and owner of WOW Consulting Group, LLC.

Mary has vast experience and broad knowledge of leadership development, employee relations, change management and teambuilding. Her background includes coaching executive management teams on the people agenda for mergers and acquisitions, transition planning and staffing reorganizations. She has comprehensive experience in leading teams through national change initiatives resulting in organizational and job redesigns.

WOW Consulting Group, LLC is a firm that was established in 2003 to focus on leadership and career coaching for those in leadership. Mary specializes in executive coaching as well as strategic facilitation, team coaching for top teams, designing coaching skills workshops for business and HR leaders, and delivering behavioral change support workshops for high potentials. Mary also provides faith-based workshops and coaching for her clients that are interested in a more comprehensive and dynamic approach to their lives.

Mary has enjoyed a successful 25 year career in both the financial services and oil and gas industries. In her prior assignments she was Senior Vice President and National Director of ER Compliance while at Chase, responsible for all labor compliance, training, and policy development impacting 100,000 employees. While at Bank One, she was Senior Vice President and National Director of Employee Relations where she developed expertise in team efficiency, change management, fair employment practices and leadership development.

In addition to her corporate experience, Mary is a published author of three books: The Multi-Faceted Woman, Living by Faith 9 to 5, and 52 Weeks of WOW Faith, published in 2009. Mary is a much requested keynote speaker on leadership and faith in the workplace. She has been involved in the leadership of several nonprofit and civic organizations including serving on the boards of the Museum of the Bible, Holocaust Museum Houston, Leadership Houston, Spaulding for Children and the ORU Alumni Association Board of Directors. Mary served as President of the Houston Human Resource Management Association, one of the largest HR associations in the nation with over 1,400 members. In 2000, Governor George Bush appointed Mary for a six-year term to the Texas Commission on Human Rights where she served as chairman of the Commission.

Mary has been recognized by several organizations for her professional contributions in business. In 1994 she received the Outstanding Alumnus award from Houston Baptist University, in 1998 she received the Tom Burke Distinguished Professional Award for outstanding achievement in human resources. And in 2005 she received the EEOC All-Star Civil Rights Award.

Mary, along with her husband, Melvin, lead one of the teaching teams at Lakewood Church where they teach Bible study for married couples. Mary is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a degree in psychology. She holds a master's degree in management from Houston Baptist University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Mary and her husband live in Houston, Texas, and have one awesome daughter who is an LPC; pursuing her goal of becoming a licensed psychologist.