Mary Ila Ward founded Horizon Point Consulting in 2011 with a drive to move the workplace forward through innovative people practices. With a background in corporate recruiting, economic and workforce development, talent management and leadership coaching and training, Mary Ila helps employers and communities focus on growth by challenging leaders to push the limits through forward thinking cultures and practices that are grounded in sound research and science.
A huge believer in work-life integration, she helps organizations realize how they can hire for fit while improving diversity, engage employees by supporting them holistically, and drive home the importance of career development to communities and organizations.
She’s a mom and wife, a runner and reader. She lives in Decatur, Alabama, with her husband Drew, son Andrew, and daughter Paige.
Mary Ila graduated from The University of Alabama, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and rounded out a formal education with a Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where her thesis focused on leadership emergence. Mary Ila is SHRM-SCP certified, a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Career Development Facilitator (CDF) Instructor. She was named one of Business Alabama magazine's Movers and Shapers in August 2015, featured on the cover of HR Professionals Magazine, and published in multiple national and international online and print publications, including Huffington Post.
As a lifelong learner, she engages in speaking and writing on topics that are important to moving human resources and talent management forward.