Her prior management experience includes over twenty years in senior IT management roles spanning a startup, mid-cap and a Fortune 50 corporation directing large-scale business redirection efforts and managing information technology applications. The large-scale business change efforts were across corporate divisions throughout North America and Europe. For example, as Sector Systems Manager for a $7 billion sector of International Paper, she directed a combined leadership development/organizational business change effort training 6,000 employees over three years as part of the cultural change supporting SAP and new supply chain initiatives. Her business work was in steel manufacturing and engineering, healthcare, and forest products industries.
She received two national awards for her pioneering work and continues to be a speaker at management conferences. Her recent conference presentation was “Innovation through Employee Engagement.”
Mary Jo has designed and delivered various leadership development programs for corporations and a national association with client feedback about their transformative impact. In addition, she has provided multi-stakeholder summits for profit and non-profit organizations to accelerate large-scale change efforts.
Giving back to others is also important to Mary Jo. Through launching Imagine Memphis (a five-year community initiative) over 800 high school youth and adults were paired together in purposeful conversations focusing on what makes Memphis unique and special. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, and is currently serving on the board of the Center for Transforming Communities. She has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Women Who Make a Difference” by the Women’s News of the Mid- South.
Her more formal education includes a doctoral degree and two masters degrees. In addition, she has completed certificate programs from the masters of Peter Senge (Systems Thinking), David Cooperrider (Appreciative Inquiry), Robert Kegan (Immunity to Change), Frederic Hudson (Executive Coaching), and Richard Strozzi Heckler (Embodied Leadership) and she is a certified masters somatic coach.
1255 Lynnfield Road, Suite 269, Memphis, TN 38119
(901) 857-6892 or (901) 759-3084
Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara — Initial Coaching Certification
Case Western University — Appreciative Inquiry Certification
Harvard University — Immunity to Change Certification
Business – Corporate
Education – Academic
Group Leadership Development
Recent Presentation: “Innovation through Engagement”
Workshop: Learning Styles and Leadership Development
Women’s Leadership Development program: Purposeful Choices
as well business management experience in manufacturing and healthcare spanning start-up, mid-cap, and Fortune 50 corporation.