Maria Maldonado Smith Consulting



After 16+ years in corporate America as a sales leader and coach, I left to empower and motivate professionals and collegaites to embrace their most authentic selves.

A catalyst for women’s empowerment, I’m driven by a boundless passion for helping others realize their full potential. With resilience and optimism as my guiding lights, I’m on a mission to uplift and inspire. From leadership to advocacy, I’m dedicated to guiding women toward their purpose and passion. As a proud mother, friend, and eternal optimist, I’m committed to making dreams a reality. My journey began with childhood aspirations, fueled by a desire to make a difference. From dreaming of becoming Miss Kentucky to aspiring to serve as a U.S. Senator, my journey embodies the power of ambition and determination. A journey shaped by ambition, optimism, and a relentless dedication to helping others thrive. From childhood dreams scribbled on a post-it note to achieving milestones, my path reflects a commitment to empowerment.

As a graduate in Political Science and a former Miss Kentucky, I’ve honed my skills in communication, interview preparation, and career transitions. Transitioning from a successful corporate career, I founded MMS Consulting Firm to empower women to embrace their authenticity and achieve their goals.

With me, you’ll cultivate your personal brand, advocate for yourself, and step into your purpose. Join me in this journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Let’s make your dreams a reality.

What Makes Maria Different


My unwavering passion for empowering others is the driving force behind my transformative work.

Method + Approach

My unique method combines vision imagery with neuroscience-backed goal setting to create impactful and lasting change.


My approach is results-driven, ensuring that you not only set ambitious goals, but also achieve them.

Unique + Proprietary Process

With a proprietary process tailored to individual needs, I offer a truly personalized and effective path to success.

Socially Conscious

Supporting The Working Mom Through My Passion Project

For 16+ years I worked in the corporate space. I’ve been an individual contributor, a leader, a mentor, a hiring manager, and a developer of people. I changed industries three times during my corporate tenure. Each transition was navigated with intention, resilience, resourcefulness, and a tenacity to be successful through my work ethic, dedication to learning and commitment to the business and my own personal success.

Throughout each aspect of my corporate career, becoming and then being a working mom was one of the hardest transitions. As I began having more and more conversations with the women on my team, those I led and those I knew from friendships to networking groups I was involved with, the consistent message I kept hearing was that we needed help – we needed more. We needed to feel seen, heard, and provided resources to help us navigate the transition from working woman, to maternity leave, to working mother.

Around the time these conversations were taking place, I was in the middle of the most difficult season of my corporate career. I used the opportunity and experience to start a blog that could serve as my therapeutic outlet and to connect with working mothers who might be going through something similar. I needed support, understanding, and solidarity.

What I started at the beginning of 2104 has now become my passion project and outlet for supporting all working moms. My blog, Confessions of a Corporate Mom: Managing Motherhood, Marriage, and Maniacs, has hosted guest bloggers, provided support, solidarity, and empowerment to working moms across the globe. It has given me a passion project outside of my work as a consultant to fill my cup and give me even deeper sense of purpose and belonging.

“You crushed it!! Thank you SO much for such an engaging presentation. May be the best interaction we’ve had at a session so kudos to you!”

Brianna B

National Grid

Vision Boarding

It Starts with a Vision

Are you ready to Create the Vision™️ for your future and beyond? Vision boarding is more than just a craft project—it’s an immersive experience that transforms your goals into reality. By visually mapping out your dreams, you’ll gain clarity, focus, and the motivation to make them happen. Learn about the powerful technique of vision boarding and start building the life you’ve always envisioned.


I’m an all or nothing type of person. It’s why the work I do means so much to me and it is why you can be confident in choosing to work with me.

Two of my life’s greatest achievements are: marrying my husband, and building our family with three of the most spectacular, and sometimes not so spectacular, humans this side of Heaven. My husband and I are each other’s biggest supporters. We challenge each other daily to be better, to love more, and to choose happiness. Our children are an extension of that foundation and it’s in this daily display that our love for them and our desire to see them be the best versions of who they were designed to be, is rooted. If raising kind and giving humans could win you a Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, or Tony – then achieving those would be the penultimate accomplishment of my life.

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