Maria is the CEO of Toffler Associates, where she helps public and commercial organizations understand drivers of change and future disruption, define business strategy, and adapt the business to achieve measurable results.
Before joining Toffler Associates, Maria was a managing director at North Highland Management Consulting, division president of the Data Analytics and Sparks Grove marketing divisions, and led the development of the Washington DC office. Her prior experience includes management consulting with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Ernst & Young Management Consulting, and working with a start-up AllConnect. She began her career as a manufacturing engineer at Litton Poly Scientific (now Moog on South Main St).
Maria earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research 1990 and a MBA 1992, both from Virginia Tech. She served on the ISE Advisory Board from 2013-2018, and now serves on the Engineering Education and 1872 Society Advisory Boards as well as ISE alumni mentoring. Engagement with ISE students over the years has inspired her to stay involved.
While at VA Tech, she appreciated the supportive mentoring and guidance from many ISE professors. Dr. Paul Kimmerling was instrumental in getting her over a fear of public speaking and presentations. Dr. Tim Green counseled her during spring semester senior year when she realized she didn’t want to attend law school and work as a patent examiner, and introduced her to Marty Muscatello who hired her Litton. Her favorite class and the most influential in her career remains Dr. Paul Torgerson’s Theory of Organization.
During a “mid-life retirement” (sabbatical), she earned a certificate of cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu Paris and now volunteers cooking healthy meals for the Carpenter Family Shelter in Alexandria.
She’s married to Jeff Kline, University of Michigan engineering grad, and is proud mom to son, Max, who recently earned his Eagle Scout rank and hopes to attend Va Tech College of Engineering in the Fall 2020.