HGI Team > Maura Da Cruz


“I help organizations implement positive change and create effective work environments. My extensive experience in organizational development, program design, and leadership development includes work as a Learning Consultant and Certified Coach at the University of British Columbia (UBC). In this capacity, I use Appreciative Inquiry processes to facilitate cultural change, strategic planning and team building initiatives, including an AI summit to create an Exceptional Orientation Experience for staff and faculty.


 As a coach, my multidimensional and holistic approach enables leaders, managers, and individuals in transition to reach their professional goals while creating vibrant and fulfilling lives.”

Maura Da Cruz

M.A. (Educational Leadership), MCC

Strengths Make Weaknesses Irrelevant

Maura is a master certified coach, experienced OD consultant and educator in leadership and management development programs. She is a certified Appreciative Inquiry trainer and is licensed to deliver special programs in coaching, team-building and leadership development.

Her clients credit her success to her keen insight, enthusiasm, authenticity and commitment to the work she performs.  She works well with clients who are looking to do the following:

  • Develop or strengthen leadership skills
  • Build effective work relationships
  • Fine-tune communication skills 
  • Manage transitions and change 
  • Create joyful and successful lives

Professional Highlights

Maura has extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning, team and leadership development, using strengths-based approaches. Maura has worked on many large projects, including the design of a blended leadership program for new managers, an appreciative inquiry summit for the redesign of an organization-wide orientation process for employees. She has assumed lead roles on change initiatives using appreciative inquiry, and co-designed and co-ordinated a successful student leadership program.                                                                 



Maura has worked with a spectrum of diverse clients which include middle to senior managers, directors, supervisors, union employees and students.


 M.A. (Educational Leadership), San Diego State University, CA

Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator (Corporation for Positive Change)

Certified Coach, (Coachville, LLC)                                              

Master Certified Coach (International Association of Coaches)

Programs licensed

Appreciative Leadership Development Program (ALDP) ™ 

In Powering People and Teams (IPPT) ™

Coaching Clinic ™, Corporate Coach U                                                                                       

"The task of leadership is to create an alignment of strengths making our weaknesses irrelevant"

- Peter Drucker