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Helen McPherson

Principal Consultant

Helen is the founder and principal consultant of McPherson Consulting Group. She has 15 years of experience transforming organizations across a diverse range of sectors, from large federal agencies to locally-owned small businesses. She brings passion, enthusiasm, and insight to her role, partnering with leaders at all levels of the organization to redefine their approaches to strategy, culture, leadership, organizational design, and motivation.

Helen is highly regarded for her personable, collaborative style and success in diagnosing and facilitating organizational transformation. Her wide-ranging field of expertise includes strategy and vision setting, leadership development, culture, organizational assessment, and change management. Her results-oriented approach has led to positive, measurable change across an array of sectors and industries.

Helen holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin and (most of) a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The George Washington University. She is currently a Subject Matter Expert and Adjunct Professor at the University of Hartford Online Masters of Science in Organizational Psychology program.

Outside of the consulting world, Helen is a 500-RYT certified yoga instructor, carrying her passion for individual change and growth onto the mat. She is married with three young, sassy, sweet girls who keep her on her toes. In her free time, she loves to paint, write, and hang out with friends and family. She believes in the importance of staying active in the community, teaching Sunday school, volunteering in the Junior League, and serving on the board of the Multicultural Alliance.

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Mary Smith


Mary brings her measured thoughtfulness, intelligence, and passion for growth to co-facilitating leadership retreats and supporting other consulting projects. Prior to working with McPherson Consulting Group, Mary worked as a civil appellate lawyer for seven years. During that time, Texas Monthly’s Super Lawyer edition named Mary a “Texas Rising Star” four years in a row and, in 2017, recognized Mary as one of the “Top 50 Women Lawyers” in Texas. She is committed to living a life in which her actions express her priorities and her work reflects her values.

A Fort Worth native, Mary attended college at the University of Southern California before continuing her studies at The University of Texas School of Law. Mary met her husband during law school, and they have three young children together.

In her free time, Mary soaks up time with her family, reads books, engages in meaningful conversation with friends, and serves on the boards of several community organizations, including Fort Worth Country Day, Performing Arts Fort Worth, and the Multicultural Alliance.