"MJ absolutely lights up a room with her energy, presence, and sense of humor. She inspires everyone to be their best, and to live a bold and brilliant life, both personally and professionally."



MJ Klimas is the Principal of PresencePlus Consulting. Along with a storied corporate career, she brings passion, energy, and hard-earned wisdom with which to support others in their career development and advancement.



Every consultation starts with an 'Intake Session' where you share your story with MJ. This allows her to better understand your specific objectives and the unique challenges you face in accomplishing those goals. MJ will then create a customized plan to address your challenges and opportunities.



MJ brings to PresencePlus more than 40 years in client-facing, business development, and senior leadership roles with Blue Chip firms like Citibank, GE Capital Corp, and Bank of America. Her corporate career culminated with the role of President and Chair of the Board of Banc of America Public Capital Corp.



As an individual becomes familiar with the strategy components such as Presence, Personal Brand, Presentation Skills, Job Search Tools, and Interview Strategies, they then work with MJ to develop the skills they need to improve while building a thoughtful career advancement strategy.

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"From Leader in Corporate America to Rockstar"

After decades in client-facing and leadership roles with Top 50 Fortune 500 firms, MJ Klimas’ career journey culminated at Bank of America as President and Chair of Banc of America Public Capital Corp. Years of interviews (and interviewing), mentoring, and strategizing prepared her well to support others in navigating career advancement and its challenges. MJ’s success is based on personal values that include kindness, integrity, service, and the value of humor. MJ was and still is known for her energized presence and unique presentation style which she leverages to help others enhance their own executive presence.

MJ is a passionate supporter of the local music scene from individual artists all the way to local symphonies and symphonic bands. When not working with clients, MJ can be found with her Fender Telecaster in hand as she plays lead guitar locally with her band @RubyandTheRiptides. MJ is proud of her Polish and Italian heritage; she studied the Polish language as a child and currently enjoys two Italian language classes weekly.

  • Decades of client facing leadership positions
  • Navigate sensitive corporate and career challenges
  • Passion for mentoring and training
  • Interview strategy and preparation familiarity
  • Elevator pitches and networking strategies experience
  • Detailed knowledge of Executive Presence, Personal Brand, and Presentation Skills


MJ teaches her clients to build confidence using bold, muscular language; developing and refining networking and “pitch” skills; and leveraging strategy and planning techniques. These approaches also help to improve and enhance meeting and team participation, as well as team performance.


Executive Presence

Become aware of the physical and emotional components of executive presence. Understand the relationship between presence, power, and success. Learn to ensure that you are presenting your boldest and most brilliant self to the world each day.


Personal Brand Refinement

Understand that we all have a Personal Brand. Ensure that you know your brand as well as what your presence, network, digital footprint, and values say about you. Make it stronger – even if it’s damaged. Learn to present your brand with an impactful Elevator Pitch that leaves people wanting to know more.


Presentation Skills

Communicate with a bolder, more confident approach that delivers results. Craft impactful opening and closing statements. Learn skills to ensure that you advance your personal objectives as well as those of the organization.


Job Search Tools

MJ works with people of all ages, at all stages of their careers to craft job search strategies. She’ll ensure you have the tools to succeed from a bold, fresh resume, bio and ideas for customized, impactful cover letters. Identify specific networking goals and tactics to further augment the process.


Confidence Building

Confidence is a key factor in our ability to present ourselves with credibility and poise. MJ will counsel you to identify strategies to affirm strengths that build confidence. Become aware of the signs of 'Imposterism'. Learn techniques like the "PowerPlus Pose" to manage anxieties and enhance your executive presence.


Interview Strategy and Technique

Interviews are dynamic opportunities to showcase accomplishments. Learn to take control of the interview process – do so much more than answer questions that interviewers ask. MJ will work with you to create opening and closing statements and guide you in crafting anecdotes to powerfully communicate your skills and successes.


Executive and Career Challenges

Through more than forty years of experience, MJ collected a wealth of experience that she leverages to guide individuals as they encounter challenges. Whether it is working with a tough, direct report, thriving under new management, or deciding how and when to position for advancement, MJ brings thoughtful, creative, and effective ideas.


MJ brings exceptional corporate leadership experience and innovative style to clients and audiences. She is uniquely positioned to counsel and mentor those who want to enhance personal brand, executive presence, and communication style while navigating career advancement.

Here is what some of those people have to say.


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MJ Klimas brings her energy, passion, and talents to lift lives in many ways. She is driven to empower people to be the best version of themselves, personally and professionally. Reach out today and let MJ Klimas help you take the first steps on your journey to self-improvement.

Public Speaking Experience

  • Pittsburgh Women’s Alliance
  • From Surviving to Thriving - Facilitator - May 2022
  • Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs – Women’s Development Program
  • Confidence as a Tool to Develop Business - June 2022
  • The Brave Women Project
  • Bravery in Business - June 2022
  • Schneider Downs “Power Up” Women’s Development Program
  • Executive Presence and Elevator Pitches - August 2022
  • American Corporate Growth – Great Lakes Capital Connection
  • Executive Development Program - September 2022
  • Leadership Washington County Masterclass
  • Muscular Meeting Strategies - September 2022
  • OsteoStrong
  • Presence, Posture, and Power - Pittsburgh, PA Thursday, April 13 2023
  • Franciscan University Department of Student Affairs
  • Presence, Confidence, and Power - Steubenville, OH - June 6, 2023
  • TN Society of CPA's
  • Wait! What? Didn’t I just say that?!? - Nashville, TN - September 26 2023
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Propel Your Brand with a Punchy Pitch! - Pittsburgh, PA - October 11, 2023
  • Northeast Women in Public Finance
  • Boldly and Brilliantly Build your Brand - New York , NY - October 12, 2023
  • Mitsubishi Electric Professional Women’s Network
  • Connect and Conquer! - Pittsburgh, PA - October 19, 2023
  • Leadership Washington County Masterclass
  • Poise as a Tool to Promote Power - Washington County, PA -
    November 16, 2023
  • Elevated Networking Event
  • Punch Your Pitch & Get a Pic - Pittsburgh, PA - February 13, 2024
  • Wolfe LLC Executive Coaching
  • Private Event - Pittsburgh, PA - January-March, 2024
  • PITT University Club
  • University of Pittsburgh Women in Medicine and Science Networking Forum - Pittsburgh, PA - October 29th, 2024