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Hidden Gems: Meet MaryBeth Hyland of SparkVision

Today we’d like to introduce you to MaryBeth Hyland.

MaryBeth, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I’m a global workplace culture consultant, author, coach, speaker, and retreat facilitator who is on a quest to become a cowgirl. I started my company, SparkVision, nearly 7 years ago as a response to being lauded as “highly successful” while privately enduring years of toxic cultures, high-achiever anxiety, and a clinically diagnosed work addiction.

By learning mindfulness techniques, healing from constant feelings of “not-enoughness”, setting boundaries, and developing a solid self-care toolkit, I now work with people from all over the world who want to stop suffering and start thriving by mindfully living congruently with their values.

We all have a deep desire to know and return to our most authentic selves – at work, home, and within. That’s where the whole cowgirl thing comes in for me! Ever since being exposed to my uncle’s lifestyle as a cowboy in Idaho, I knew I wanted to experience that type of connection. I’m proud to say that I dusted off my boots and have become a serious rider and trainer at a farm here in Maryland while also being an apprentice to my very own (professional) Cowgirl in Idaho.

My husband and I bought our first tiny home this fall and plan to start our migration out to my family’s 100-acre ranch out west this spring where we plan to open a boutique retreat center – guiding people to disconnect from technology to reconnect to their humanity. Horses included!

This year, I became the author of “Permission to Be Human: The Conscious Leader’s Guide to Creating Values-Driven Culture”, It truly captures the work I’ve been doing with leaders and their organizations over the decade. It’s been so rewarding to learn how it’s igniting new thinking and values-based mindfulness within people all over the world!

My personal life’s mission is to create spaces where voices are heard, stories are released, and alignment is ignited.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
When I first started my business, I was rocking and rolling! I had contracts with two global organizations and made more money in one contract than I did all year in my previous job.

Then about 2 years in, I didn’t have the same volume or level of interest in my work. I went from thriving financially to being unsure as to whether or not I’d need to let my team members go. For months, I’d wake up with racing thoughts and the first thing I’d say to myself is, “You’re such a loser! How could you have ever expected to be able to be an entrepreneur? Obviously, you’re not good enough!”

It lead me into a deeply depressive episode that included suicidal ideation. I didn’t think I have any value or worth. That I had made a good effort, but I didn’t need to keep trying to fool anyone anymore. Thank goodness, I was able to get the support I needed through therapy and heavy doses of self-love and inner child healing work. It was a deep wound that came from an abusive upbringing where I was told regularly that I was not good enough and made to feel worthless.

Now, about 5 years later, I’m proud to say that I’ve pulled the wisdom from that wound and stitched up the rest. I certainly have been scarred and every now and again it flares up, but never at the same volume thanks to values-based mindfulness and being committed to my inner journey.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
SparkVision is recognized as a global thought leader in workplace culture and values, We serve as an unbiased partner to empower leaders and their people to own their role in crafting culture every day. We know that when you connect people through purpose, there’s no limit to what they can do. We are sought-after partners to individuals, organizations, and teams who are invested in bringing life to their values and culture, creating environments where people thrive.

We specialize in executive coaching, facilitating retreats, workshops, and delivering keynote addresses on the topic of giving permission to be human at work, home, and within. As the author of Permission to Be Human: The Conscious Leader’s Guide to Creating a Values-Driven culture, I’ve given the reader a step-by-step guide of my secret sauce to how you can know, own, and live your values at work.

As the #1 new release in Workplace Behaviour, teams all over the world have already devoured the wisdom in their book clubs and are already experiencing the powerful results of the work.

In addition to our contracted engagements, each month, we offer free online mindful leadership workshops to guide participants in grounding in their values to reduce stress and ignite alignment. I’m also a teacher on the #1 free app for sleep, stress, and anxiety, Insight Timer. I have dozens of guided meditations, talks, and live coaching sessions where you can access a variety of teachings to help you to return to your most authentic self.

This May 2022, we’re facilitating our inaugural international “Partner’s Self-Care and Wellbeing Retreat” in Mykonos, Greece to guide partners in life, in crime, and in business to support themselves and one another in proactively and reactively supporting their sense of inner harmony on a daily basis.

You can check out all our upcoming events at www.sparkvisionnow.com/events.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I went to an International school where my first language was Spanish. We spoke Spanish in our home too. When we moved out of Washington DC to the suburbs of Baltimore, all that changed. No one else spoke Spanish around me and I felt like an outsider. I was pretty shy but warmed up to people as I grew older.

I was a state champion swimmer and horseback rider. Both came to me naturally – as did school.

I also played the flute since the fourth grade. And from my earliest memories, I worked most weekends doing construction projects with my dad.

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Harry Bosk and Mollye Miller

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