Maria Varela Patrick Biography

Maria Varela Patrick

Principal Consultant

Maria joined the Ethos team as Principal Consultant with more than 20 years of human capital experience in various industries, including publishing, hospitality, property management, start-up businesses, consulting, and private coaching. She is passionate about talent development and mentoring for individual contributors, leaders, and executives and is experienced leading teams in all stages of mergers and acquisitions. Maria is bilingual in English/Spanish.

She supports business owners in streamlining their HR processes, including recruiting, onboarding, and employee relations. She also ensures businesses comply with local, state, and federal laws, including California’s COVID-19 prevention plan requirements. “We are excited about Maria joining the Ethos team,” said Linda Duffy, President of Ethos. “She is certified in Everything DiSC® programs, as well as The Five Behaviors® solutions. She provides executive coaching, and she will work with our clients in all aspects of recruiting, training, and HR consulting.”

Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts, Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and her Human Resources certificate at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Maria is an Orange County native and is close to her extended family and two daughters residing in Orange County. Her faithful work companion is Louie, her chihuahua. She is a self-proclaimed art festival junkie and is always searching for a new hiking trail to conquer or a new recipe for Cuban food.


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