Mariah's Biography

Mariah works as a meeting designer, teacher, and visual thinking specialist. She helps clients like non-profit organizations, corporations, and community groups to translate their visions, processes, plans – anything! – into engaging images. Whether she’s listening to a keynote at a large conference or sitting at the table during a small meeting, Mariah captures her clients’ key messages and themes in Visual Records – metaphors, images, and words that she draws in real time. She also loves designing meetings that tap into the wisdom of groups and their ability to think together. Mariah teaches the practice of visual thinking in public and private workshops, building on participants’ innate creativity and desire to communicate effectively. She lives in beautiful Oakland, CA, with her husband and lots of art supplies.

Please contact her at to find out how to bring visuals into your work.

Her clients include: Genentech,, PepsiCo, Nike, The United Way, GlaxoSmithKlein, AAA, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), The Veteran’s Association, and many more!

Monday, November 9, 2009

C4C Map With Embedded Videos!

Click on the link below and then CLICK AGAIN on the lightbulb next to the title of the map, lower right hand side, just to the right of 'The Return" to see a video of both yours truly and Avril Orloff discussing Visual Recording at Connecting For Change. Enjoy!

Connecting For Change Murals

These murals were co-created with Avril Orloff during the anual Connecting for Change event in Vancouver BC. Please follow this link to learn more about the event and our Visual Recording.

AAA Template: Ideal Team

This is a template I co-created for David Underwood, a Performance Management Executive for AAA in Walnut Creek. David and I had a visually supported meeting about his goals, and a week later I recorded a day long meeting he facilitated where participants filled out the template and shared their ideas. I wanted to share the template along with his glowing review of our work together:

I want to thank you again for your hard work, support, creativity, ideas and guidance on our meeting yesterday. I feel blessed that our paths have crossed. You added tremendous value to the dialogue, and I believe your work will be invaluable to us going forward. I had a lot of fun, and learned a lot from you. For this I am truly grateful. I will now be looking for opportunities to use you in the future and will heartily recommend you to all my colleagues.