Mary Ila Ward

Mary Ila Ward founded MatchFIT, LLC in 2018. 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 husband Drew, sons Andrew and Sam, and daughter Paige.

And in case credentials are important for you, she 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’s Movers & Shapers in August 2015

As a lifelong learner, she engages in speaking and writing on topics that are important to moving human resources and talent management forward.

To contact Mary Ila, email her at

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