Ripp Leadership LLC

Looking to turn talented individuals into an extraordinary team?

About Us

Mara B Vernon
Accredited Five Behaviors Facilitator and Leadership Coach

Mara B. Vernon is a certified leadership coach, facilitator, and consultant who has spent more than 20 years in leadership and development roles in corporate and higher education industries. Her roles ranged from director of training, to director of operations, to director of career & alumni services, to leadership coach. She is passionate about empowering others to consciously live the lives they desire.

Mara launched Ripp Leadership LLC, which embodies her life purpose, to radiantly illuminate passionate possibilities, in 2013.

Mara is certified in emotional intelligence, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through The Coaches Training Institute and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF) with more than 2,500 hours of coaching. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown including curriculum for both The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong. Mara is also a Strengths Mentor and Advisor through Gallup, and a What Motivates Me Certified Consultant through The Culture Works.

Mara is also an authorized partner and certified facilitator for DiSC, a behavioral assessment designed to increase communication and relational effectiveness, and an authorized partner and certified facilitator for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. Mara holds a master’s in communication studies from UNLV where she taught interpersonal communication and speech , a bachelor’s in journalism from Northern Arizona University (Go Lumberjacks) where she taught photography and photojournalism, and trained in coaching and leadership through the Coaches Training Institute.

Mara is active in her community through recreation and volunteerism with Colorado Young Leaders where she is a Board Member, The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s where she is a member of the Victory Crew, and Habitat for Humanity where she spent years training other volunteers in coaching skills and where she’s built locally and internationally in Guatemala. Mara is always looking for opportunities to leverage her talents with organizations to make a difference in the world.

Testimonials For Ripp Leadership LLC

  • "I co-led a hiring panel that unanimously selected Mara for a large, lengthy and in-depth RFP. Mara contracted with my organization to design and facilitate a transformative workshop series on many different topics. She exceeded our expectations over the course of 7 months and continues to inspire us. "

    Andy Coco Education & Training Coordinator, Boulder County
  • "Mara brings a fantastic style and depth of knowledge to work she does with groups and individuals...Leaders in our organization expressed that working with Mara, both in teams and as a coach, gave them additional confidence, skills, and leverage to effectively run their organizations."

    Brett Rogers Organizational & Employee Development Director, University of Colorado, Boulder


  • The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Authorized Partner, Coaching, and Facilitation

    The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team creates a learning experience revealing for individuals and teams the foundational elements of cohesive and effective teams.

    The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Model shows us that to attain teamwork we must Trust One Another, Engage in Conflict Around Ideas, Commit to Decisions, Hold One Another Accountable, and Focus on Achieving Collective Results. Mara is a Certified Facilitator and Authorized Partner for The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.

Facilitator Accreditation

Become an Accredited Facilitator for The Five Behaviors® Team Development to unlock organizations’ untapped potential with this breakthrough program. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or new to this team development solution, this course will increase your knowledge and strengthen your Five Behaviors facilitation skills.

With The Five Behaviors® Facilitator Accreditation, you will dive deep into the Five Behaviors model and facilitation best practices. This five-week course will help you build the confidence and expertise to navigate The Five Behaviors Team Development sessions, fine-tuning your skills to deliver an effective experience for any team.

Online Program Includes:

  • Five week course plus pre-work
  • Weekly 90-minute instructor-led sessions
  • Three to four hours of self-directed online study per week
  • Final exam
  • Accreditation certificate
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team eBook

Accreditation will be granted upon completion of the Wiley course and passing of the accompanying exam. Accreditation is valid for two years at which point you have the option to renew

The Five Behaviors offers SHRM credential-holders the opportunity to earn 19 professional development credits (PDCs) from the Society for Human Resource Management when they complete The Five Behaviors Facilitator Accreditation.

Start your journey toward building your confidence and competence in effectively delivering The Five Behaviors program!


Upcoming Classes

  • October 05 – November 09, 2022

    The Five Behaviors® Facilitator Accreditation-Clients: OCT 5 (2 PM Chicago/8 PM London)
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Featured Skills

  • Leadership Consulting
  • Leadership Development & Facilitation
  • Leadership & Executive Coaching
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • The Daring Way & Rising Strong
  • Trust Development
  • Change Leadership


  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Accredited Facilitator
  • Five Behaviors of  a Cohesive Team Authorized Partner
  • Everything DiSC Certified Facilitator
  • Everything DiSC Authorized Partner
  • Emotional Intelligence Certified Trainer
  • Certified Daring Way Facilitator
  • Professional Certified Coach
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach