About Maria Pascucci, Founder of Campus Calm
Maria is a former frazzled college perfectionist turned certified professional coach, transformational nutrition educator, award-winning author, speaker, leader and change-maker. She is fast becoming the "calm" voice for a new generation of high achieving college women leaders, college students and young professionals from around the world. Her book Campus Calm University won a gold medal in the 13th Annual International Independent Publisher Book Awards, and has been called, "groundbreaking, refreshing and as calming as a cup of peppermint tea, or an extension on that term paper due tomorrow morning." She is the creator of the Campus Lead Her Success Kit, a personal leadership development product for female college students.
Recognized as a leading spokesperson on perfectionism as a barrier to women's leadership and college student leadership, Maria speaks from the power of personal experience to college audiences on universities across the nation. She had the honor of keynoting Purdue University's 12th Annual Women in Leadership Conference, South Dakota State University's Women's Leadership Summit, the University of California, Merced's 2nd Annual Women's Empowerment Conference, the University of Virginia's "Love Every Body Week", Mount St. Mary's Women's Leadership Conference, Chadron State College's Women's Leadership Week and ConfidenceUNG. She is also a three-time speaker at the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Her TEDx talk has been called an "honest look at the dangers of perfectionism and the pursuit of it." Her media appearances include USA TODAY College, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, Feministing, All You Magazine, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, New York's Women's Business Examiner, and dozens of media outlets around the world.
A first-generation college graduate, former college perfectionist and self-proclaimed recovering stressaholic, Maria is a trailblazing young woman entrepreneur on a mission: to spread a dose of "campus calm" to emerging leaders world-wide.
Maria lives in Buffalo, New York with her husband Shaun Maciejewski—her high school sweetheart and best friend.
Click on the image to your right to check out Maria’s story "I Stopped Trying to Be Perfect" that was featured in All You magazine.
Maria also works with women of all ages, empowering them to let go of the pressure to be perfect and transform their sensitivity into an asset so they can reclaim their health, energy, voices, confidence and power. Click here to learn more.
Education: Maria is a summa cum laude graduate of Canisius College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History with a concentration in Writing and Women's Studies.
Maria is also a graduate of the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs program offered through the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. She was named 1st Place "Protege of the Year" in the MWEE capstone business plan competition.
In September 2013, Maria graduated from iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, to fulfill her dream of empowering others to make sustainable positive change in their lives, and is a certified professional life coach.
In April 2015, Maria graduated from the Institute of Transformational Nutrition so she could empower her clients to transform their health and their lives through the power of nutrition like she did. Because healthy, resilient women lead!
In June 2016, Maria earned her ICF credential for demonstrating knowledge and proficient use of core coaching skills designed to ensure high standards for the coaching profession and the clients it serves.
Perfectionism is a glorified form of self-abuse that holds women back from growing into the confident, resilient leaders that our world wants now. We take back our power when we lead by example to share our voices and help each other see that we are not alone.