Meet Maria

Maria enjoys traveling to speak to groups from small teams to large conferences. Her message brings inspiration and energy to every audience. With a background in IT Project Management, Maria is a workflow management expert and has consulted management teams, executives and individual project teams on streamlining processes, increasing efficiencies and organizational change. Maria specializes in Professional Coaching and guiding individuals and organizations toward achieving their goals.

Maria is a published author and holds more than 10 industry certifications encompassing coaching, facilitation, project management, and leads certification training classes for organizations throughout the world. Maria has worked with virtual teams coordinating international conferences in Cape Town, South Africa, Amsterdam and throughout the United States and has supported the growth of communities internationally, including Malaysia, China, India and other locations, helping people discover better ways to work and get results faster.

Professional Speaking

Maria has given several Keynote Presentations and has presented at national and international conferences in many locations including New York, Hawaii, Vancouver, Sweden, Morocco, Istanbul, Minneapolis, Indiana, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Chicago, and many other locations.

Maria is known for her inspiring talks that will engage audiences with a memorable talk while providing actionable techniques that people can begin to apply immediately. With Keynote topics that include: Leadership Agility, Figuring out the Work-Life Puzzle, and Uncovering Possibilities, Maria challenges people to think beyond the status quo to reach unparalleled results.

"She challenges other leaders to look beyond the current state and make change for improvement."

− Joanne Guennewig, Past President, PMI Chicagoland

"Maria provided great takeaways that participants were able to use to immediately see results."

− Mary Price, President at PMI Heartland Chapter

"Maria provided a very interactive approach which was refreshing and informative. I would highly recommend Maria to speak or provide training at your next event."

− David Steinhilber, President at Stonebuilder Consulting


In a rapidly evolving market, it is important to keep your skills refined and implement cutting edge strategies in the marketplace. Maria and her team at Formula Ink provide a variety of training solutions as a one-stop shop for many of your training needs.

Workshops and training packages come in one day or multi-day options. Training solutions are customizable to best fit your needs.


Maria’s work experience includes consulting Fortune 100 companies on business efficiencies and IT project management, coaching management teams, executive teams and individual project teams on process improvements and organizational change. Maria has also worked with lean start up companies and several Not for Profit Groups.

Maria took her consulting outside the normal office walls when she formed her Boardroom on the Beach group, doing business consulting on the beach in Clearwater, Florida and she coordinates a yearly Boardroom Cruise with targeted strategy sessions and networking opportunities along with relaxation and fun.

Professional Coaching

Maria has a real passion for helping her clients identify their goals and how to achieve them. She enjoys working with individuals to clearly articulate their desires and stay accountable to their objectives and also guides leadership teams through strategic planning.

Maria formed the Rapid Business Development and Lifestyle Design groups to help people reach their goals and achieve results further than they originally thought they could.

"Her knowledge as an instructor and hands on experience provided great value...her delivery style was engaging, she is well-spoken and able to relate to the students. She also has an appealing sense of humor. Maria has very high audience ratings for every presentation I am aware of. Many attendees seek out her presentations when she is an invited speaker."

− Peter Ademola Owoade, Conference Coordinator at PMI Manitoba

"Her deep knowledge, friendly demeanor and engaging style made it great to have Maria speak to our chapter. Beyond just her knowledge value, which is tremendous, she has an extremely warm, friendly and helpful personality. Our chapter would be pleased to have Maria come and speak again, as should any other organization looking for a high value speaker."

− Tony Piazza, President at PMI Central Indiana Chapter

"Having worked with Maria Matarelli over the last three years, I can affirm that Maria is customer driven, dedicated and a well respected professional. I have observed Maria in a multitude of situations and her experience and approach allows her to achieve unparalleled business results."

− Alex Corlett, Consultant at NTTDATA


Maria has worked with several not for profit groups and has held various Leadership roles. Maria was an Area Governor for Toastmasters International, District 30 in Chicago, IL, and as President of Extreme Toastmasters, she led the group in attracting, producing, and developing elite speakers in a comfortable, supportive and mentoring environment. Maria held the seat of VP of Operations for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Central Illinois Chapter for two years, was Chapter Engagement Representative for the PMI Agile Community of Practice, and completed the PMI Leadership Institute Masters Class. Maria is also Founder and President of the Illinois Regional Agile Users Group (IRAUG), an organization dedicated to serving the community and providing learning opportunities on Agile project management practices. Maria regularly attends and speaks at many industry conferences.

Published Author

Maria is a contributing author in the Business Leaders Book Club: Lessons Learned from the Recession, where she talks about the importance of preparing when times are good to weather times of famine.

In “101 Great Ways to Compete in Today’s Job Market”, Maria talks about the importance of personal branding among several other experts.

Maria is featured in “Success: Tales from the Front” where she is interviewed on how to overcome challenges and the steps she has taken to get to where she is today.

Maria’s latest book, “Workaholic? A 12-Step Guide to Having a Life and Getting Things Done” talks about the importance of sustainable pace and provides actionable techniques for getting work done more efficiently and enjoying life more.

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