Management Team

Mary Abbajay, President

Mary Abbajay is the president and co-founder of Careerstone Group, LLC, a woman-owned, full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to the public and private sectors.

As a consultant, coach, facilitator and trainer, Mary helps clients develop the strategies, skills and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. Her expertise lies in helping clients create dynamic and productive workplaces that foster professional and personal excellence and growth. In short, she is committed to creating workplaces where both the organization and the individual can excel.

Mary Abbajay brings 20 years of experience in leadership positions, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, and post-graduate certificates from Georgetown University and the Coaches Training Institute. In addition to being an entrepreneur and consultant, Mary has served as adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School of Management and has taught at both Montgomery College and the Georgetown University Center for Professional Development.

Her experience and business savvy has led her to serve as a frequent expert contributor for television, radio and print publications in the greater Washington, DC area. She is the host of “Women Talk” and a regular contributor on “The Working Life,” two Clear Channel radio shows broadcast in the Washington, D.C. area. She is a regular guest expert on News Channel 8’s “Let’s Talk Live” and ABC7/WJLA’s “Washington Business Report.”

Mary currently serves as Board Chairman for the Board of Directors of Leadership Greater Washington and has chaired both the Youth Leadership and Adult Leadership programs. She was a volunteer mentor for Mentor’s Inc., an urban youth mentoring program and served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the D.C. Chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization. Additionally, Mary was the co-founder of the Toledo Lounge and Crush Nightclub in Adams Morgan.

In 2010, the Washington Business Journal named Mary as one of the year’s Women Who Mean Business.


Dr. Christopher Butts, Vice President

Dr. Christopher Butts is a trusted advisor to executive management in both the public and private sector on complex human resource and employee relations issues. With over 15 years of leadership experience, he has facilitated more than 1,000 hours of training on leadership, diversity and inclusion, civility in the workplace, strategic middle management and many other topics.

Dr. Butts conducts rigorous train-the-trainer and coaching programs for senior leaders and managers in the science and intelligence communities; he has also designed multi-level, multi-learning curricula that advance strategic organizational objectives. As a process facilitator, he helps agency planners develop new decision-making procedures for risk management analysis.

Dr. Butts works with select clients for organizational development, executive leadership, and human resources, utilizing deep expertise in Diversity & Inclusion, Human Relations, Leadership, and Workplace Civility. He brings a wealth of expertise and first‐hand knowledge on leadership excellence, change management, and commitment to engagement. He is certified to present a variety of workshops and trainings, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Dr. Butts serves as a board member for the Human Capital Executive Research Board and an Editorial Board Member for the Macrothink Institute in Research in Business Management. He is an active member of multiple organizations for human resource and higher education professionals.

Dr. Butts received a Master of Education in Higher Education degree and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Policy Studies degree from the University of Central Florida. His published work includes a recent article in the journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives on Science and Practice, Diversity Executive Magazine, a book chapter in Understanding and Managing Diversity, and another in Cross-Cultural Competence for a Twenty-First-Century Military.


Carly Eckard, Executive Assistant and Training Coordinator

Carly Eckard is the Executive Assistant & Training Coordinator for Careerstone Group, LLC where she provides project and logistical support as well as executive-level assistance. Carly is responsible for the administration of personality inventories, project logistics, executive calendar management, and a host of other essential administrative functions. Additionally, she assists with Careerstone’s social media presence, marketing, and research.

Prior to joining Careerstone, Carly served for eight years as an active duty officer and clinician in the U.S. Army. Carly holds a Master of Science in Nutrition from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach. As a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist in sports dietetics (CSSD), Carly has worked in multiple patient care settings and has extensive experience with project and team management, database management, communications, and research methodology. Additionally, she holds numerous publications with her most recent in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development titled, Metabolic and body composition changes in the first year following traumatic amputation.


Laura Buckley, Consultant

Laura Buckley is a talented and experienced consultant, trainer and curriculum designer. Laura joined Careerstone Group after spending more than seven years as an Army officer and dietitian. She has extensive experience in customer service training, leadership development training and team building.

From her experiences as a supervisor and internship preceptor, she has developed an understanding of the importance of teamwork, flexibility in the workplace, outstanding communication skills and a positive attitude. From working with patients, she has developed excellent listening and coaching skills and has a keen sense for identifying underlying issues. She has experience working with individuals of all ranks and experience levels. Laura holds a M.S. in Adult Education from Buffalo State College, and a B.S. in Nutrition Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. Laura is a certified dietitian and is certified in facilitation and a number of personality assessments.


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